Published: December 2nd 2011November 27th 2011
Our overnight stay was at the Ngorogoro Wildlife Lodge. The lodge is situated on the rim, and overlooks the crater. From the lodge, you can see the animals in the crater. Our room had a floor to ceiling window with a view of the crater below. Fabulous!
We had a game drive that day until 2pm in the crater. By this time, I was a bit jaded with the animals and stopped taking many pictures, unless it was an improvement to a previous picture or an animal that we hadn't seen. I had my handy checklist and animal guidebook, and we had seen most of them already.
The scenery in the crater is beautiful, surrounded by crater walls, and yet there seemed to be small representations of ecosystems within the crater. One part was flat grasslands, another area had a forest, and another a lake.
It was easy to see animals that day, since they are all trapped, and it only took about 4 hours to see the entire crater. Like Ezio said "It's like Disneyland".
Sorry, soapbox time...there were some Maasai children asking for sweets or money, and some well intentioned tourists gave them pop and chips. Please...do not give children things because this promotes begging, and will not help them in the future. If you want to do something, support a non-profit organization, or bring school supplies and give directly to the school. In Tanzania, we were amazed at the large number of children that would wave and say hello and then ask for something immediately after.