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After Day 18

Before
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First Full Day
VIllage Bound
A Birthday
Garden Beds
Hot Springs
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Jane

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About the only thing the safari driver told us the evening before upon our arrival was the breakfast was at 6:00. The drive to Ngorongoro Crater was uphill and through lush greenery, almost a jungle in some cases. A fog surrounded us and grew thicker as we ascended. One more gate as we started to descend the 2000-foot ridge and we were in the crater. Near the bottom the vegetation thinned to shrubs and grass. The first wildlife was a trio of warthogs, not on the list of favorites for any of us.

The floor of the crater is essewildebeestntially flat with some low points with water and small rolling hills. Zebras with their black and whites stripes and long faces disceived us in the far distance as gray with three major appendages near the ground. Indeed they were not the long awhyenaaited elephants. Closeup among the zebras were Thompson gazelles with wildebeests in the background. After hours of driving and seeing numerous animals one realizes the vastness of space and the herds of animals.

 

It's easy to spot the rarer animals like the liolionns because one will find a dozen or more safari land rovers clustered in a tight pattern. And so we found a pair by the stream and another pair in the plains sleeping near a herd of zebras who seemed to be graciously excusing themselves from the invitation from the lions to have them for dinner.

A various of birds were scattered among other sightings. The osostrichtrich continued to impress us with its size. Over a ridge and arelephantound the corner, the elephant strolled along including crossing the road just in front of the safari vehicle. He was huge and so healthy appearing. He had very impressive tusks which is apparently typical in the crater because the crater's vegetation offers that extra growth.

There was a diteamscretely hidden rest area at the edge of a pond filled with hippos which only showed their back and periodically a nose. Near the end of the tour we passed through a small forebaboonsst where a herd of elephants and a family of baboons were living. The baby baboons were "so cute" especially when riding on the back of the mothers.

The book talking about the crater says that the ride out of the crater is an adventure in itself, and that turned out to be an understatement. The dirt road or path hung on the edge of the steep ridge and filled with deep ruts and steep inclines. The bumps tossed the vehicles around giving the riders a sense of possibly bouncing over edge. More than once the motor died and the clutch seemed to slip. Even the riders were quiet during the climb, when the driver stopped to add water to the boiling radgiraffeiator, they expressed that they were scared to death.

After a long day in the crater and with a three hour back to Arusha ahead of us, there was a tendency to nod off. However, the elusive giraffe who does not live in the crater was standing along the road waiting for a safe moment to cross the road. What a wonderful conclusion for the day. Totally exhausted we packed and slept back at Adve's.