The Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Plains

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
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Trip End Dec 10, 2011


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Where I stayed
Saronara Ngiri Campsite - Serengeti National Park
What I did
Serengeti National Park

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


We started out early for our trip to the Serengeti.  At Mosquito
River we left stuff behind and took only a day pack, tent, mats,
sleeping bags.  Hard to manage...for me, at least.

First we stopped at
Ngorongoro Crater.  We drove down into the crater after seeing the view
from the top.  The road was quite precipitous in places and Fiona couldn't look down.
 I can't remember what animals we saw anymore. 
Lions?   Yes, lions, wildebeest, hyenas, zebra.  Actually, it was pretty spectacular to see the animals silhouetted against the sides of the crater.  You definitely knew you were in a crater most of the time.  We did have an exciting lion viewing - several of the young lions got
into a fight.   There wasn't exactly fur flying but the dust was
definitely flying.  One lion was bitten in the leg and seemed to be
really hurting but then they all settled down and we drove off.

After Ngorongoro we drove on to
our Serengeti camp and saw quite a few more animals in the Serengeti park area.
This was the point when we saw herds of wildebeest and zebra on the plains - it was the tail end of the migration.  Even though we missed the high point of the migration, seeing all those wildebeest out to the horizon was thrilling.  Some of the wildebeest were pretty frisky.  I tried very hard to capture them running and jumping, but it was overcast and between the darkness and the movement, it was difficult to get them in focus.  There were also vast numbers of zebra mixed in at different points.

At some point it rained hard.  It is the rainy season after all.  It hasn't
been that much of a problem most of the time:  either it rains while we are driving or
sleeping .

We have cucumber soup and stew with
some nice-tasting rice for dinner.  We had tea and popcorn as a snack
when we arrived at the Serengeti campsite.  That was a lovely touch! 
We didn't even have to do the dishes!

I woke up during the night and looked at the stars.  I saw Orion and the Milky Way.  I heard the men banging pots.  It must have been early morning and not night.  Or, in retrospect, maybe it was to keep the lions away.....




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