Serengeti Scenes & Ngorongoro Crater.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
The days were spent game viewing, at all different hours of the day, in the Serengeti and being fed fantastic meals at the lodge. It was also a time for some amazing "small world" meetings. First was Markum, a hot air balloon pilot to whom we got talking to at the bar. Markum couldn't believe we lived in Coral Bay - he comes from Carnarvon! We heard some Aussie voices at the lodge and found them to be a party of ten plastic surgeons, theatre nurses and anesthetists who had volunteered two weeks work in Tanzania rebuilding the faces if Tanzanians born with cleft palates
Our last nights accommodation of this safari was perched right on the top of the Ngorongoro Crater and we arrived here late afternoon to the stunning view of the crater below which we would be visiting the next day. Also to our immense pleasure this lodge had just included a Massage service, the young lady was very new out from training but was very apt, $31.50 US ea well spent.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the collapsed upper cone of an ancient volcano (A larger Wilpena Pound). Its high walls enclose a complete mini ecosystem of its own with lakes, forests and plains that support hundreds of species of wildlife. Garden of Eden comes to mind. The wildlife viewing was spectacular and to add to the colour and surprise, the Masai drive their cattle into the crater for water during the day so amongst the feast for the eyes of wildlife, the vividly purple and red clad warriors of the Masai are dotted over the plains. After too short a time we climbed the steep corkscrew 4 wheel drive track out of the crater and headed back to Arusha and the Hotel Flamingo, a little sad that our safari was over but ready for the next adventure of Zanzibar.
Footnote: Ngorongoro Conservation Area features in the book Unforgettable Places to See before you die, and with Serengeti National Park are UNESCO World Heritage listed.