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Maduka

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  • Day14

    Ngornogoro Crater

    October 19, 2007 in Tanzania

    We awoke this morning to a cacophony of bird songs. As we were staying in a tent (really a canvass room) we could hear the singing clearly. After lingering in bed a little longer than expected, I got up and we got ready for the day. We met Matt, Jim, Barbara and Nick for breakfast, as our paths had all crossed one last time. We said our goodbyes to Matt and Jim, then discussed the day with Barbara and Nick. They will be on a separate safari the next two days, but it is with the same company and itinerary as ours, so we will be spending more time together. The drive to the crater was an hour or so, then it is a painful, bumpy, dusty ride up and over the crater wall onto the floor. We first saw an elephant in the distance, then ostrich, cape buffalo, lots of gazelles, and warthogs. We also saw a variety of avian life. One bird, the Kory Bustard, is the largest flying bird. At 42 pounds, it is a flying thanksgiving dinner! We spent some time at the hippo pool, where they cooled themselves by throwing mud around with their tails. We saw a lion pride, unfortunately a little too far for pictures. And at the end of the day, we got to see the almost extinct black rhino. That was a real treat. There was a baby rhino with the two adults but we could not get a clear look at it. At the end of the day, we were covered with dust and delivered to the Sopa Lodge. We had a late dinner and turned in for the night. As we looked out our window a cape buffalo ambled by about 15 feet from the room. The sunset over the crater was beautiful.Read more

  • Day15

    Our last day, but not KLM's

    October 20, 2007 in Tanzania

    We got up early and had a final breakfast with our friends Nick and Barbara. They will be in the crater all day, but we will leave around 11 to head for Arusha. We got a better view of a male lion today. He was incredibly large and well-defined, with a huge mane and majestic body. Wow, very impressive. We got some up close views of zebras, wildebeests, warthogs, and hyenas. We also saw a golden jackal, which we hadn't seen yet. It was a little cloudy and cool, but hopefully there was enough light for the photos to come out ok. We left the crater around 11:30am and took the Leiar Ascent road up the southwest side of the crater. The Land Rover was in 4WD most of the way, due to the steepness of the road. We wound up the crater wall, finally leveling off on the rim. It took well over an hour to get off the rim and headed back down toward Arusha. On the way to Arusha, the driver got a call on his cell phone. "Your flight is cancelled for tonight." We looked at him for a minute. It takes some time to understand what he says, plus we weren't expecting the call to involve us. The safari office had gotten notification of the cancelled flight and directed the driver to take us to the Impala Hotel, in Arusha. KLM will be putting us up, until they fly us out of town. We haven't gotten any more information and the hotel reception cannot get a hold of KLM by phone. Although we are in limbo, at least they gave us a nice hotel!Read more

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