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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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Oct 29, 2013 - Namanga, Arusha & Ngorongoro

Oct 24 We were apprehensive about a 6 hour drive, via Nairobi but our fears were put to rest when Sammy told us that we would be using a a bypass road via Limuru to avoid Nairobi traffic. We took the main Nakuru-Nairobi highway which was closed to heavy vehicles past the Mahi Mahieu exit (they had to take the old highway) and made good time despite the speed governer. It would produce an annoying lurch as the fuel to the engine was cut over 80kph. You could tell that some matatus had tampered with their engines from the way they overtook us...

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African Safari 2013

Oct 18, 2013 - into the crater we go!

We left the Maisha Mobile Tented Camp this morning, and headed out of the Serengetti towards the Ngorongoro Crater today. About 2 hours of washboard roads..did we mention about the washboard roads out here yet? Yikes most of the roads are like this with small patches of old pavement and pot holes. The running joke is this is an "African massage" Along the way out of the park we saw 2 giraffe grazing on some trees and just a stones through away a leopard sitting in the tall grass. We watched the leopard for a short while and realized that...

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