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Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area March 21st 2010

After the Serengeti, we hit the road for the Ngorogoro crater - a former volcano and now a conerservation area. The sunken area where the volcano was once active is now a haven to a range of wildlife attracted by the greenery and wetlands. It really is an amazing sight as the former volcano covers a huge area. We see wildebeast, zebra, flamingos and plenty of other birds. Perhaps the most impressive sightings are a lioness sat next to our safaris truck and a couple of rhinos (albeit these were in the distance but are still an impressive sight). We have lunch where I'm attacked by an African Black Kite bird - swopped down from long distance and aimed stright for me at eye level, just avoiding it's claws for my food! The illness suddenly kicks ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area January 9th 2010

The schedule had another game drive next day morning and then drive to Ngorongoro crater after. Since we had seen most animals, we decided to skip the morning game drive in Serengeti and instead head to the crater in morning. It had rained quite a bit at night and I was quite worried that we will see more overflowing streams. The drive out of campsite was smooth. There was a overflown stream, but jeep sailed through it. On the way was the biggest surprise of all. We saw a cheetah. Its a rare shy animal and we were quite lucky to spot one. It was just sitting there on a rock, looking from side to side waiting for a hunt. Since we ... read more
Rhino and cub
Food

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area January 1st 2010

I had a bad start for the year. My car had starter problem and I had to join a group of dutch to go down into the crater. I was quite pissed .... Instead of starting at 6:30, we started at 8:30 am! My fellow land-roverites were friendly. A mom with 2 teenaged kids - everyone was very well traveled and very well spoken. Ngrongoro Cater is the place where most of the Discovery/National Geographic safari game videos are shot. Its a small flat caldera (part of volcano) surrounded by tall mountains from all four sides. It has a very large density of animals, and one can find all major animals there. They are easy to spot, because the topography is flat, and there are hardly any trees to give animals ay cover. There is a ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area November 13th 2009

Sadly, my time at the Children’s Village is coming to an end. I leave here on Sunday,…it will be so hard to say goodbye to these amazing kids…they are all so precious. I’ve decided to sponsor little six-month old Baby Grace, who lives in Serengeti house with me. Her mother died during childbirth, she was born very premature and when she first arrived here she was still just teeny-tiny. She now has these big pudgy legs, and adorable chubby cheeks, which I just love to muckle onto. She smiles at me every time I see her, and the mommas told me the other day that she only started smiling around the time that I arrived here….she just melts my heart! It’s probably a good thing that none of the kids here are up for adoption (they ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area October 28th 2009

It’s fascinating to see how hype spreads like wildfire through this village. It started with the sound of big trucks in the distance and weeks of anticipation awaiting the arrival of two forty-foot containers filled with donations coming from the states. As the truck came into view with kids jumping up and down, singing and dancing, the spectacle erupted into 70 kids chasing after the enormous flatbed towing these two massive containers, the rest of the way in through the gates of the village. Throw in the excited smiles and giggles of about 30 staff members and all the volunteers crowded around taking pictures and videos of all the hoopla and you can imagine quite a scene. A week later and we are still sorting through and unpacking the boxes, with kids peering through the windows, ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area October 25th 2009

Four volunteers including myself went on safari to Ngorongoro Crater today, and saw lots of great animals! Elephants, lions, hippos, zebra, hyenas, wildebeests, buffalo, gazelle, ostrich, crowned crane, flamingos, warthogs, jackals, baboons, and a serval cat. Here are a few highlight pics! ... read more
Ostrich
Hyena
Thompson Gazelle

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area October 20th 2009

Thirteen of us all packed into the 4x4, driving 45 minutes along winding, bumpy roads, skidding and sliding back and forth in the muddy ruts, the whole way to Karatu. After spending two whole days in bed with stomach pains and achy blah, I finally went to see the doctor yesterday. I brought two other kids from the children's village who were sick as well, and with both of them on my lap, and seven more local villagers packed in for the ride, we set off uncomfortably tight. As the driver stopped to pick up more and more passengers along the way, my achy blah intensified. I wasn't sure if I would make it, I tried my hardest to remember the swahili word for vomit. By the time we made it into Karatu and let the ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area October 10th 2009

One of my favorite sounds in the world...children singing.... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area September 10th 2009

Matt has almost finished his war and peace Kilimanjaro account so in the meantime I’ll try and come up to date with what we’ve been doing. This blog account is for Aug 18 to Sep 9th While Matt was up the mountain, I organized our Ngorongoro Crater trip. I looked at the camping option but after 7 days in a tent in the cold, I figured matt would probably want some comfort so we stayed in the Ngorongoro resort instead. The crater is about 4 hours away from Arusha and is hailed as a natural wonder as it contains a perfect ecosystem within about 20 square kilometers. Because it’s quite compact, there’s a huge density of wildlife coexisting. Our guide Akio was brilliant - by far the best we’ve had yet (let us know if you ... read more
Toulouse
our first Lion of the day at Ngorongoro Crater
on the way back from the crater

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area September 8th 2009

Geo: -3.2077, 35.4628DAY FIVE (Tuesday, September 8, 2009)The lion sleeps tonight.Our wake-up call came at 5:15. We had a buffet breakfast at the hotel and departed at dawn (about 7 am) for the day's adventure. Our travel mates were Barcy and Anne, of course, along with Mike and Mary Ann Schuermann, from – get this – St. Louis. Our guide/driver was Omari.We headed down 2000 feet into the Ngorongoro Crater (a caldera similar to Santorini, Greece, except not filled with water). The rim of the imploded volcano is readily apparent as you descend. The crater is an eco-system unto itself and the animals here have food and water throughout the year because of the lakes.1. Our initial encounter was a pack of baboons who greeted us at the first pit stop.2. Next were gazelles … the ... read more
Male cub
Lion pride
Baboon




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