Tanzania 2017 (part IV): Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania:

Lioness on the plains of the Ngorongoro Crater

Lioness on the plains of the Ngorongoro Crater

Fortunately, I left my stomach problems behind when leaving Lake Eyasi and could enjoy the following day in the Ngorongoro Crater to the fullest!

The Ngorongoro Crater is a large volcanic caldera within the vast Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This protected region can be used by Maasai pastoralists in a limited extent, but also offers shelter to thousands of wild animals. The view from the crater rim onto the plains of the caldera 610 m below is truly fantastic! Driving through the nature reserve can be described only as beautiful – and offers the rare chance of spotting the Black Rhinoceros, which is otherwise extinct in northern Tanzania. But even though much more abundant in numbers, I also really enjoyed observing the slender Grant’s and Thomson’s Gazelles.

In the late afternoon, we left the crater and drove to the Simba Camping Site A where I would spend the night sleeping in a tent. After the sun had set and the camp became silent, a herd of buffaloes entered the clearing and quietly grazed among the tents – a true safari experience!

One response to “Tanzania 2017 (part IV): Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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