Ngorongoro

If it’s Sunday, it must be Ngorongoro! 

We travelled from the Tarangire National Park to the Lodge at Ngorongoro on Saturday, arriving at the lip of the crater just on sunset. Just time for a few photos from the viewing platform, then the final 15Km along the crater rim  road in the dark. This final leg of the journey was along a dirt road which would make the roughest unsealed road in WA seem like a highway! (For the Miles clan, imagine the Wood Road at it’s worst  but about 10 times worse!)

A more relaxed 8.00am start the following morning followed by a 10 minute drive saw us in the crater itself. Ngorongoro is the largest intact volcanic caldera crater (on land) in the world and the crater floor and walls provide a wide range of habitat- lake, swamp, steppe grassland, cloud forest and acacia woodland. Like Tarangire, the animal life includes antelope and gazelle, lion, hyaena, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and more.

A highlight was finding a pride of 15 lions. Gasps of joy, excitement and awe interspersed with the click of shutters! Awesome!

Lunch was a picnic alongside a small lake which was home to about 20 hippo.

  © Richard Miles 2019