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Feb 8, 2020 - Sat Feb 8, 2020 - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha and home for some

Today we say goodbye to Ngorongoro Crater and head back to Arusha town. Lois & Liz are on flights this evening so we don’t doddle and are on the road by 8:30am. The jungle air is crisp and fresh and cooler as we are 2400m above sea level. The road is a bit bumpier that the other side of the Crater - this side isn’t used quite as much. Before long we shout with glee - a troop of baboons of all ages are crossing the road. Papa Baboon ‘guards’ his family and almost looks like he is posing and saying ‘come on you silly tourists, take your...

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Feb 7, 2020 - Fri Feb 7, 2020 - Ndutu to Ngorongoro Crater

My alarm this morning wasn’t my phone, it was my friends the lions that awoke me again at 6am. They were SO close and I kick myself that I didn’t voice record their growls. Sunrise was in half an hour so I knew they would wander off by then. Quite the experience!! I was first at breakfast - Gee I wonder why 𯘂, and some had heard the lions and others not. Lois came in the tent wide-eyed so I knew she had. 𯘳 Our departure time is 7:30am, the staff come out to thank us and give us hugs. We are so amazed at their incredible service! As we...

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Aug 27, 2018 - Ngorongoro Crater

August 27 - Ngorongoro Crater Today is our trip into the Ngorongoro Crater. After a leisurely breakfast we meet Wilfred for the descent of 2000 feet to the floor of the crater. After passing through a canopy of beautiful Acacia trees we arrive to the plains of the floor. Yesterday’s Manyara was thick with trees and bushes and difficult to see animals whereas today it is somewhat easier to spot although they do blend in with the grasses and environment. Our first sighting is of a group of older male Cape buffalo. Moving on we come upon...

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Aug 26, 2018 - Manyara National Park

Up at 5:30 to get to breakfast by 6:30. We would have liked more time to enjoy the nice buffet at the Arusha coffee lodge. Our driver wanted us to be ready by 7 am to get to the Arusha airport for our flight to Lake Manyara airstrip at 8am. Fun little 12 seat prop and a quick uneventful flight.....the kind we like. We were met by our game drive guide Wilfred who herded us into his 6-seat van to Lake Manyara National Park. It is a very large lake surrounded by acres of lush thick foliage and many wild animals...like elephants,...

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Mar 1, 2017 - Ngorongoro Crater Adventures

Mar 1 - 3 Flew over the crater and again had to marvel at its sheer size. Hundreds of millions of years since any eruption and it is a 4-500 sq. km crater inhabited by 35,000 animals of all kinds. It is lush forest on the top and sides but a flat hot and shade less (almost) plains in the centre. 1 ½ hour drive from Manyara Airport to the crater and it is easy to see how much money tourism has brought to this part of Tanzania. Many motorcycles, shops including two shops selling cell phones etc. side by each entitled respectively Michelle...

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Oct 14, 2016 - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Don’t normally chat about our middle-of-the-night loo breaks, but overnight we had left our curtains open to get full benefit of the cool breeze, (partial) crater view, and almost full moon. We woke up to a ripping sound, and it turned out to be a Coke’s or Eland grazing under the moonlight right outside our window. Nice. There are 3 routes into the crater, and the one closest to the Sopa is thankfully only a few minutes away. There is early morning fog over the top of the crater & the dew is heavy as we descend. The wall is jungle-like....

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Oct 13, 2016 - Enroute to Ngorongoro (Crater) Conservation Area

We depart Serengeti Sopa Lodge at 7AM and do a game drive on the way to the eastern exit to the park. Interestingly the Serengeti plain is much larger than the national park, and the eastern exit is only half way thru the plain. We once again see a number of lions, including 2 males & then a single male. Mary spots the single male thru the tall grasses & we get Filbert to stop. It has a badly injured back right leg, and settles down in front of a bush not far from the road. Filbert makes a call to the rangers to report the injury. We spot a...

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Aug 4, 2016 - Blog Three - Tanzania

Blog Three – Tanzania Safari Thursday 28 July 2016 A start at 8:00am was greatly appreciated and with breakfast done we were on our way into the Serengeti – the aptly named “endless plains”. We stopped briefly for a couple of the smallest gazelles on the plains – dik diks and some Macdonald Gazelles and then coming across a Fish Eagle, vulture and Tawny Eagle and a bit further on a Masai Giraffe. Driving towards the river and lake areas of the central area of the park we came across Magpie Shrike, Northern White Shrike and Blacksmith...

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Nov 5, 2015 - Mohammed saved our lives

One of the things many people want to see on a safari is a kill. We were not expecting to be the victims of one. This is the day that our driver Mohammed saved our lives. Fred had us on the road into the crater by 6:30am. It was barely light and the clouds hung so low on the rim that we couldn't see a thing. But after a few hair pin turns, we were below the clouds and a surreal moonscape began to appear. The crater is twelve miles in diameter and home to many animals that generally hang around the seepage spots, which form rivers, swamps or...

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Nov 4, 2015 - visiting the Schule

In Tanzania schools are called "Schule," a nod to the days when it was a German colony and formal schooling first began. The Germans left when they lost World War I and then Tanzania was a Britishn protectorate. Every OAT trip we have been on included a school visit. These school receive a portion of our trip fees and it's nice to attach some names and faces to this support both on the school's end and ours. The primary school here had 670 students and sixteen teachers, not an ideal staff/pupil ration from our perspective. As the government...

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Nov 13, 2014 - 4 November - Ngorongoro Crater

Today we headed to the Ngorogoro Crater, an extinct volcano which blew its top. It was full of animals and our driver again knew just where to look. We had ordered a rhino and he found two - then drove at breakneck speed to get us into the best position for photos, overtaking other jeeps on the way! An amazing day

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Oct 31, 2013 - Ngorongoro Crater

Today was a 5:30 AM departure day. We got to the first gate for the park at 7 AM and the second gate at 8 AM. We traveled up the ridge of the collapsed mountain and it was quite cold. We wrapped blankets around ourselves and toughed it out. This isn't actually a crater but a caldera that forms after a volcano blows the top off a mountain. Things settle and the "fishbowl" is rather flat. Animals here don't need to migrate because they have everything they need - food, water, and appropriate shelter all year long. We won't find giraffes here...

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