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A fascinating place this crater is!  It is actually the caldera of a volcano that exploded a couple of million years ago.  In the caldera is a large lake, making this an attractive place for animals.  Yet the mix of animals is very different than the mix we experienced in Tarangire, just a hundred kilometers away.  The Crater seems to be a carnivore paradise.  Perhaps because there are few trees to hide behind, or because the need for water is so great.  There are lions, cheetah, two types of hyena and two kinds of jackal on the floor of the crater.

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Here we stayed in the CC Africa Ngorongoro Lodge, shown above.  Wow, what a place!  Still, no movement after dark without an escort, though.  On arrival there was a herd of zebra in the meadow outside our huts.  There were also some loner, male buffalo hanging out.  It was these loner buffalo that seemed to worry the Masai warriors who provided the escort service; apparently the lone males can become aggressive. 


Unlike Tarangire, which is a huge park with little traffic, the Crater is a small park with lots of traffic, but still a fascinating place to spend a couple of days.

We remember the Crater fondly, as this is where we experienced our first and our second lion kills! 

The Lion Kill

To read more about this exciting adventure, click here.

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This was quite an experience for Yannis, one he just can't stop talking about.   Want to see more about it?

Furry Animals And One Reptile:




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There are only male elephants in the crater.  It is simply too dangerous for the females to come down here with their young. 


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"I'm singing in the rain..."



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ZE2G2248.jpg When you have an itch in the middle of your back, sometimes it's the only way!

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Striped jackal








Flamingoes watched over by a jackal






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Rhinoceros with baby                                                                 Warthog


Feathery Animals


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From Ngorongoro Crater we traveled into the middle of the Serengeti.


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