Ngorogoro Crater, part 1

This is the second area we visited and stayed for three days.  The camp is on the rim of the crater.  It was colder due to its altitude and quite damp.  Any clothes that I washed myself took all three days to dry!  We did experience a wild storm of non stop thunder and lightening and a rain storm that was as intense as any I have been in. It happened while we were at dinner.  And although the tents are substantial, it began leaking in a couple of places at the seams. Fortunately, during our time in the crater it was relatively dry.

This is, obviously, the entrance to the conservation area.  It is usually occupied by baboons who will use any opportunity to raid your vehicles.  We didn’t see too many.  But this one fellow was happy to show off his ‘junk’.

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These are photos of the camp and surrounding area.  It was beautiful.

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This is at the top of the crater looking in.  Unfortunately, it was always shrouded in mist so I couldn’t get any clear photos of the rim as it encircled the floor of the crater.

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As you can see, plenty of mist surrounding everything.

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My attempt to capture a bit of the walls of the crater.

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What do you know… another parade of elephants!

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This one actually did come quite close to the vehicle.  Not quite close enough to touch but close enough that my long zoom lens was too much!

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A little scenery…

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If you look at the edge of the plain, you can see wildebeest, zebra and cape buffalo just walking along..

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This is a new stork for me.. the Abdim’s stork.

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I like these guys.  The more I see them, the more interesting I find them.  So you may see more photos of them than you care to.

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Although we saw many more hippos at a hippo pool elsewhere, there are a few here and I want to show the variety of wildlife in this crater.  It’s like a giant zoo; different animals wherever you go.  But here they are free to roam, eat, mate live and die as they wish.

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And the ubiquitous Nile geese.  I have never seen one of these geese without a mate. And I’ve never seen any quiet ones either!

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And what’s Africa without guinea fowl!

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A lioness… not to worry, there are plenty more lions to follow.

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Crowned cranes pretty much everywhere.

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I love how their feathers lay against their body.

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Grant’s gazelle.  This is a fairly small antelope but  bigger than the Thompson’s gazelle which is still bigger than the dik dik.

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Elephants, wildebeest, zebra, birds and lots and lots of space.

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If you’re not sick of looking at photographs of elephants by the time I am through with this blog, you truly love elephants.

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Although I have better photos of hyenas, I wanted to show how predators and prey can hang out in fairly close proximity…. as long as no one is particularly hungry.

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These elephants were a ways below us so their size is diminished in these photos.  Unless someone gets out of the vehicle and stands next to one of these bulls… well, that’s never going to happen.  But this fellow has a magnificent pair of tusks.  May he keep them and live long.

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A hyena cub.  Lots of hyena seen on this trip.  I do like them very much.

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Sadly, this was a close as I got to the flamingos.  I was hugely disappointed but maybe my next trip….

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Not quite a flamingo….

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When you get a good look at those powerful legs and the size of their feet, it becomes clear that hunting an ostrich is not an easy task.  They are also capable of running over forty miles an hour.

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Different species sharing space.

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Better end this one before it gets too cumbersome to manage.

4 thoughts on “Ngorogoro Crater, part 1

  1. They are all beautiful but I really do love elephants.

    >________________________________ > From: My Africa >To: manschell@yahoo.com >Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 1:28 PM >Subject: [New post] Ngorogoro Crater, part 1 > > > > WordPress.com >nancy posted: “This is the second area we visited and stayed for three days.  The camp is on the rim of the crater.  It was colder due to its altitude and quite damp.  Any clothes that I washed myself took all three days to dry!  We did experience a ” >

  2. Haha……..you know I will never tire of elephants or any animal or bird for that matter.

    The location of the camp is breathtaking. I remember driving through areas like that. Is the camp located on the top of the crater?
    The first thing that surprised me from your photos is the lush, green canopy of trees and then even lower in the crater, the green grass. Obviously I could see from your photos that it had been wet. Such a contrast from when I was there in the month of September.
    I like your comment about likening the crater to a zoo. There are so many species and it is wonderful to see that they all live together in close proximity. Obviously some don’t live as long as others.😃

    All your photo are wonderful and show us what the crater is truly like however, there is a few that stood out to me.
    3127 the Crown – Crested Crane
    3171 elephant
    3231 and 3241 what a magnificent creature and tusks
    3273 Love the but shot of this Ostrich

    Nancy if you want to see Flamingoes in greater quantities I strongly suggest Lake Nakuru in Kenya where you can get very close to them. More than often you will be able to photograph a White Rhino in the foreground and the Flamingos in the background.

    The wait was worth it. I just love your blogs and photos. Even Tony got called over to see how green the crater was in your photos.

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