Monday, May 23, 2011

3rd Safari Stop - Ngorongoro Crater


Ngorongoro Crater, a set on Flickr.

Hi bloggie friends! How are you guys? Hope you're enjoying the pictures so far. This set is from our third destination at the Ngorongoro Crater. We stayed at the lovely Manor at Ngorongoro which was just so beautiful and unexpectedly decadent while on safari. We even had a little downtime to get massages in between our game drives. The Ngorongoro crater is actually a caldera, which is roughly 18 km in diameter. It's amazing that such a broad spectrum of animals found a way of life there in the bottom of the crater. We saw lions, buffalo, and rhinos here to round out our Big 5 sightings! I will have to caution you that viewer discretion is advised when viewing this set - there's a series of pictures of lions mating, and a few snaps of lionnesses guarding their kill. But, this is nature, so it was awesome to see live! The weather here was actually a little like home - overcast and misty in the morning and then it cleared up and warmed to mid to upper 70s. It even rained here during both nights we were there. The terrain actually reminded me a lot of Hawaii {probably because of its volcanic influences!}. Anyway, enjoy this set! Oh, and feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions about any pictures, places or animals!! I'll be happy to comment in the string for everyone's benefit :)

One last thing - the first few photos of the pink dots and pink masses...can you guess what those are? I know it kinda looks like a petri dish of growth {at least, to me!} but they are actually masses of flamingos in Lake Manyara!! It was an incredible view from the plane.

I'll be posting our last and final stop tomorrow...the grand finale of our trip, the Serengeti.


~amy~ said...

awesome pics...sheesh, you guys got to see it all:)

Kim said...

Have really enjoyed the pictures. This is my dream vacation! Thank you for sharing with us.