Ngorongoro crater. The Noah’s Ark.

The steep slopes of an ancient, extinct volcano in northern Tanzania, covered with a tangle of wild plants betray little of what lies inside the crater walls. On the crest of the crater the landscape changes dramatically. 600m below you can see the giant flat bowl which forms the crater floor.  This is the Ngorongoro crater, also known as “the garden of eden” or “the cradle of life”. This where the last part of our trip took us.

 

 

One of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa can be observed here on the 260km² crater floor. The list of species occurring in the Ngorongoro Crater is huge. One can find 50 different species of large mammals, including lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, eland, impala, baboons, warthogs and hyenas. Also there are more than 200 species of birds, including ostriches, ducks and flamingos. In fact, the crater is a smaller version of the natural life in East Africa, surrounded by the 600m high crater walls. Over 19.000 of animals live in the crater.

We had two long game drives that were absolutely amazing. Part was due to our great guide Timothy who was a river of knowledge and the other part was due to to the great magnitude of the crater. It is truly an amazing place, totally different than any other part in East africa.

 

 

During one of our drives we stopped in a magical place surrounded by fever trees to have breakfast.  We can not forget how overwhelmed we were. Time had stopped for us at the floor of the crater,

We were fortunate to stay at one of the best lodges exist  in the world (as it has been voted in the top-10 hotels worldwide), the Ngorongoro crater lodge the crown jewel  of andbeyond.

The lodge is at the rim of the caldera overlooking the crater. The views were breathtaking.

The last day on the crater we visited a remote masai village as i had to work on one project of mine.

more to come

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