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Ngorongoro

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  • Day48

    On the road

    February 21, 2020 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Secondo giorno!!
    La notte in campeggio come già detto non è stata male!
    La sveglia questa mattina non è stata malvagia, alle 8.30 avevamo la colazione pronta, preparata dal nostro cuoco Pablo e poi via sulla jeep per proseguire il nostro viaggio.
    Oggi non è stato un giorno di safari ma più un viaggio per arrivare al parco nazionale Serengeti con varie tappe in mezzo.
    La prima tappa è stata la vista panoramica sul cratere di ngorongoro dove poi andremo a fare il safari l’ultimo giorno. Veramente emozionante, una vista dall’alto spettacolare. E pensare che dentro il cratere è pieno di animali che vivono la. Incredibile!!!
    Proseguiamo poi andando a prendere le nostre tende nel campsite dove alloggeremo l’ultima sera. Ma recuperiamo le tende così stasera abbiamo dove dormire nel prossimo campeggio. Sosta rapida, oggi fa veramente caldo!

    Risaliamo in macchina, prosegue il viaggio verso Serengeti, entriamo nella riserva di ngorongoro, precisamente la zona abitata dai Masai. Passiamo difianco a questi piccoli villaggi e poi finalmente ci fermiamo in uno. Ovviamente bisognava pagare l’entrata ma ne valeva veramente la pena. Veniamo accolti dal capo villaggio, che ci porta a vedere una danza tipica loro, veniamo coinvolte tutte a ballare. Dopo di che ci porta a vedere l’asilo. Una casetta costruita da fango, escrementi di mucca e un po’ di legno. Come anche tutte le case.
    I bambini erano dentro a fare “scuola” con l’insegnante. Era tutto tranne che una classe, la cosa che mi ha impressionato di più erano questi bimbi con circa 40 mosche sulla loro faccia. Poveri.. io stavo impazzendo non immagino loro. È più un asilo che una scuola, poi quando crescono devono fare 40km tutti i giorni per raggiungere le elementari a ngorongoro.. e vi assicuro che i trasporti non sono minimamente paragonabili alla cutta di Arusha.. figuriamoci all’Europa!
    Ci vengono poi fatte vedere le loro case, impressionante. Molto basse, tanto che io non riuscivo a stare in piedi, tutte costruite con melma,niente luce. Saranno stati 4 metri quadrati di casa con dei buchi dove dormivano. Allucinante... sconvolgente! Impossibile immaginare che le persone nel 2020 vivano ancora in determinate condizioni.. la cosa bella è che si mantengono ancora vecchie culture e tradizioni ma ci sono degli aspetti soprattutto sull’igiene che sono veramente difficili da concepire per noi!
    I Masai uomini possono avere fino a 4 mogli, e la cosa ancora più sorprendente è che le donne costruiscono i villaggi e le case.. gli uomini invece lavorano con il bestiame. I masai sono dei Nomadi, hanno una base fissa ma quando il bestiame deve migrare devono seguire gli animali! Quindi tutto il villaggio si sposta.

    Terminiamo così la nostra visita e devo ammettere che è stato molto interessante, non avevo ancora visto niente di simile! andiamo avanti.. ci fermiamo a fare un pic nic in mezzo al nulla, proprio Into the wild e dopo circa mezz’oretta da la arriviamo all’ingresso di Serengeti!

    Ah dimenticavo per strada abbiamo visto di tutto, zebre, giraffe, antilopi!
    Ma appena messo piede nell’altro parco nazionale il mitico frank ha subito beccato una leonessa dormire tra un cespuglio!
    WOW! Iniziamo più che bene!

    Ormai però si è fatto tardi, proseguiamo verso il camping dove dormiremo stasera. Montiamo le tende, cena e poi a letto!
    Ecco sta notte non è stata proprio piacevole, tranne che abbiamo avuto nuovi compagni durante la notte.. precisamente un leone e una iena! SURREALE!!!
    La sveglia è veramente presto e io avrò dormito circa due ore.. vabbè amen, di tempo per dormire ne ho!
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  • Day8

    Safari dag 2: Ngorongoro Highlands

    November 18, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Vanaf vandaag zouden we samen met de Spanjolen en nog twee Duitse meiden op pad gaan. Volle bak dus! Gelukkig konden we wegens Piets lange stelten regelen dat we niet achterin de auto hoefden te zitten: daar paste hij simpelweg niet in. We vertrokken richting de Serengeti, waarbij we door de Ngorongoro highlands reden. Over hobbelige, onverharde en veel te smalle wegen baanden we ons een weg omhoog, en probeerde ik niet te bang te zijn om het ravijn in te vallen, wanneer er weer een veel te grote tegenligger aan kwam. Onze chauffeur was gelukkig een pro. Behalve toen hij ons bij een tussenstop vertelde dat we alle ramen moesten sluiten voor de apen, en de kok vervolgens zelf zijn raam open liet. Binnen 5 min zaten er twee bavianen in de jeep onze lunch te jatten! De natuur was prachtig en veranderde ieder kwartier rijden: van jungle, tot bergen, tot een landschap dat ons deed denken aan de film Skyfall in Schotland. Het letterlijke hoogtepunt was de rand van de krater, waar we over de hele krater konden kijken en zelf dieren konden spotten met de verrekijker. Van daar reden we door de heuvels die steeds vlakker werden tot een soort savanne, tot we op de Serengeti ofwel: eindeloze vlaktes, terecht kwamen. Wat een rit.Read more

  • Day35

    Day 35: Inside Ngorongoro Crater

    March 8, 2019 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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    Delphine Gardere

    Amazing!

    3/9/19Reply
    Marleen Relling

    I miss you D! 😘

    3/9/19Reply
    Rosanne Moore

    Beautiful!

    3/10/19Reply
     
  • Day21

    Ngorongoro Krater

    March 6, 2020 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Der Ngorongoro Krater (Ngorongoro = Kuhglocke) ist landschaftlich sehr beeindruckend und vielfältig.
    Ein letzter Tag Safari steht an und die wahrscheinlich beeindruckendste Situation, die wir bisher beobachten durften!
    Wir sehen 3 männliche Löwen, die um ein Weibchen kämpfen und sich anschließend paaren. Alles direkt vor unserer Nase.
    Nachmittags geht es zurück nach Arusha und wir planen die nächsten zwei Tage.
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  • Day185

    THERE ARE LIONS LYING UNDER OUR TRUCK

    June 1, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    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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    Jacquelyn Kohl

    Can't wait to see more pics of your fabulous safari. What does FGM stand for??

    6/3/16Reply
    Adventures With Nachel

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    Darlene Clark

    Looks absolutely fabulous. Would luv to go on a safari. Have fun!!

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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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  • Day64

    Ngorogoro

    November 18, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today it's time for a safari that we've been excited about for a while- Ngorogoro Crater. It's the world's largest collapsed volcanic caldera- the floor of the crater stretches across 100 square miles. It's also completely cut off from the outside, creating a Lost World, with one of the highest concentrations of predators in the world. Lion sightings here are almost guaranteed.

    Our charismatic guide, Suleiman, drives 2000ft down from the crater edge down to the caldera floor and start the safari. We see a plethora of zebra, ostrich, buffalo, hippo, and, incredibly, get right up next to a pair of female lions. We find them on a small elevated rock formation, keeping watch over the surrounding area. One is taking a nap, and moves right next to our van, meaning that when we stick our heads out to take a look, she's only a few feet away from our faces. It's intense.

    After a few more hours driving around, spotting more lions and enjoying the incredible views, we head out. And then we stop. There are two rhinos. We excitedly scan the distance for them, but it's only when using binoculars that you're able to see two tiny brownish-grey smudges a good kilometre or so away. It still counts. The next rhino spotting, just a couple of minutes after, is even harder to see. After squinting through the binoculars, we can discern a sort of grey spot next to what might be a tree. "Exactly" confirms Suleiman.

    Greg's brother, Francis, picks us up from Ngorogoro to take us back to Arusha, whilst Martyn and Laura continue their safari to the Serengeti. Francis drives at about a million miles per hour through the dark, blasting out 90s Hip-Hop and encouraging us to buy ciders from the shop. It's a great journey, and we only got pulled over twice!

    Over the next couple of days, we have to wait for Martyn and Laura to catch up. We head to the next city, Moshi, without them. We wait for our travelling partners, and wait for the skies to clear to offer a glimpse of Kilimanjaro. We're not climbing it- it's eye-wateringly expensive- but the views alone are stunning.
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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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