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  • Day35

    Day 35: Inside Ngorongoro Crater

    March 8 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We have left Serengeti, but before we went back “home” to Arusha, we went for another game drive - this time we actually drove into the crater 🗻

    Inside the crater you find a whole new ecosystem with thousands of animals, beautiful lakes and green fields. It kind of reminds me of the kids movie “The land before time” where the dinosaurs were looking for the The Great Valley 🌿🌱

    See for yourself ...
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  • Day21

    To Arusha

    September 24 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Today we left around 8am to drive to Arusha. On the way we stopped at a very nice grocery store for snacks and water.

    Then we got to the Tanzania border for our visas. It cost $100. There was a bit of line and we had to show yellow fever certificate. We couldn’t see Kilimanjaro but could see Mt Meru?, second highest mountain in Africa. We had boxed lunch.

    We finally arrived to Arusha and got to our campsite, at the Snake Farm. They did have some snakes for us to see, but very small cages so I felt bad for the animals. They did have aloe birds (owls, etc) that we’re injured and couldn’t fly. We played cards and I had a yummy Savannah cider that was really good!
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  • Day185


    June 1, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    Hi everyone! We're back in the land of running water and real beds after five days spent camping in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Our time on safari was INCREDIBLE, spanning amazing natural scenery, unparalleled wildlife viewing, and the best tour group I think either of us has ever been with. There's way too much to give a true play-by-play, so here are some of the highlights:

    *We spent a day touring the village of Mto Wa Mbu ("Mosquito River Town"), meeting the local inhabitants and learning about their way of life. There are more than 120 native tribes living in Tanzania, and nearly all are represented in this village. We found the tour enlightening, learning about their agricultural practices, carving and weaving, homesteading, and enjoyed a delicious local lunch. We then journeyed to the Maasai village on the outskirts, to see how G Adventures is helping the local community through their respiratory health-focused Clean Cookstove project. The Maasai continue to live a nomadic existence, herding livestock and building huts for accommodation. Some of their practices range from uncomfortable to ghastly for westerners (mostly FGM, along others), but we found it valuable to learn about these folks who are the original inhabitants of the wildlife areas

    *Our time in the Serengeti was simply awe-inspiring. We camped under the stars, with the sounds of wildlife ever-present outside our tents. During the day we drove in a modified Land Cruiser with an open roof, following the game across the vast, endless plains. We saw lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffalo, cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, jackals, zebras, wildebeast, hartebeast, Thompsons gazelle, impala, warthogs, vultures, ostrich, hippos, dik dik (miniature antelope), crocodile, vervet monkeys, a serval, mongoose, topi, baboons, marabou stork, a monitor lizard, secretary birds, ibis, crowned crane, pelicans, heron, and vast numbers of other small birds. It was incredible

    *After two full days game-driving in the Serengeti, we spent a half-day driving around deep in the Ngorongoro Crater. This area is known for its saltwater lakes, vast quantities of ungulates, rhinos (which unfortunately we did not see), and hundreds (if not thousands) of migrating flamingos. The true highlight of this experience was when a pair of lions (one male, one female) wandered over and quite literally took a nap underneath the rear of our truck! (Hence the title, pictures below)

    There are just a few photos below; keep an eye out on Facebook for a full album Rachel will post this week. We loved it! (Edit: we can't find the camera connector so it will be awhile.)

    Shoutouts to all of our amazing new friends from the tour: Meg, Donna, Alex, Joe, Angus, Adon, Colin, Kenneth, Emily, Amy, Stan, and Annette!
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  • Day19

    Ngorongoro Crater

    June 27, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    The Ngorongoro Crater, where do I start? This place was incredible, not only for the animals but also for the scenery. Travelling to the crater the were elephants and water buffalo on the road (that refused to move out the way and posing for several photographs) but as we drove down into the crater the first thing we saw was a lioness run past our car on the road, we could have reached out and touched her! We soon realised that she wasn't the only lioness as other came out of the bushes surrounding a group of water buffalos, we watched as they began chasing the water buffalos and eventually catching one of the young.

    This means in under one hour we have ticked off three of the 'big five' which is incredibly lucky and a great start to the day- especially for those who have only just started on the tour, this being their first game drive!

    We came across two lion couples (separately) who were on their 'honeymoon' where they move away from the pack and mate every twenty minutes for seven days! We just happen to be there for the live pornography show along with another twenty vehicles.

    We stopped for lunch by a lake which was full of hippopotamus', it was nice to just watch them as we sat on the bank while eating our lunch.

    After lunch we continued the game drive and it wasn't long before we came across two rhinoceros' which is rare as they normally travel by themselves but the jungle master told us this would be a mother and her child.

    Throughout the day we saw several other animals such as zebras, gazelles, hyenas, warthogs, wildebeest, giraffes, etc. Today the animals were so close to the vehicle compared to other game drives making it so much better, it was as if the animals felt safe with us being in their environment and were not scared of us.

    On the way to our campsite in the Serengeti National Park we came across a cheetah and then shortly after fourteen lion cubs and three lioness'. The cubs were playing, pouncing on each other, chasing each other and climbing the tree while the lioness' rested on a nearby rock keeping an eye on them. I could have sat there and watched them for hours, it was just beautiful to see but the jungle master wanted to get us back to camp as he would be fined if we were still out past dark.
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  • Day8

    Ngorongoro-Krater (Caldera)

    July 4, 2018 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Der Krater bzw. die Caldera entstand, als der Vulkanberg in sich zusammenbrach. Die Landschaft streckt sich über ca. 20 km und liegt auf 1700 m über NN und gehört zum UNESCO Welterbe.

    Hier leben Büffel, Gnus, Elefanten, Löwen, Impalas, etc.

    Wir sind von der Serengeti aus direkt in den Krater gefahren.

    Auf dem Kraterrand steht das Denkmal von Prof. Grzimek und seinem Sohn Michael.

    Der Blick in den Krater ist atemberaubend und mit Fotos gar nicht darzustellen.

    Übernachtet haben wir in Karatu, bevor es dann am nächsten Morgen zum Flughafen nach Arusha ging.
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  • Day43


    October 23, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Dit kos 'n fortuin om hier in te gaan, maar wat 'n plek! Ngorongoro doen sy reputasie as diereparadys gestand: ons sien leeus met welpies wat 'n buffel vreet, derduisende sebras en wildebeeste op die kratervloer, meer gompoue en mahemkraanvoëls as wat jy kon droom, dikgevrete hiënas wat om 'n poel hul babelaas afslaap... Vanaand slaap ons goed: 'n leeu brul in die verte en buffels drentel in die kamp rond. Môre ry ons Serengeti toe.Read more

  • 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

  • Day8

    Ngorongoro Crater Grant Giselle

    May 29 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    The Grant's gazelle is a gregarious, territorial, and migratory species. The home ranges of does overlap with those of the bucks. Only male gazelles are territorial. Male gazelles will herd all females that cross their territories. When the females are in estrus, they are strongly guarded by the dominant male, which prevents other males from mating with them. Any doe that tries to leave is aggressively herded back. Most of the time, the buck's simple stance in relation to her is enough to keep the female from leaving.Read more

  • Day8

    Ngorongoro Crater Grant Giselle

    May 29 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    The Grant's gazelle is found in East Africa and lives in open grass plains and is frequently found in shrublands; it avoids areas with high grass where the visibility of predators is compromised. They also occur in semiarid areas and are relatively well adapted to dry areas, relying on more browse or leafy material during dry seasons to supplement their intake of water. They are migratory animals,Read more

  • Day8

    Ngorongoro Crater Strangular Fig

    May 29 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    These all share a common "strangling" growth habit that is found in many tropical forest species, particularly of the genus Ficus. This growth habit is an adaptation for growing in dark forests where the competition for light is intense. These plants are hemiepiphytes, spending the first part of their life without rooting into the ground. Their seeds, often bird-dispersed, germinate in crevices atop other trees. These seedlings grow their roots downward and envelop the host tree while also growing upward to reach into the sunlight zone above the canopy.

    An original support tree can sometimes die, so that the strangler fig becomes a "columnar tree" with a hollow central core. However, it is also believed that the strangler fig can help the support tree survive storms.
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