Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro is easily one of the most amazing places on Earth. The Maasai named it El-Nkoronkoro which means “Gift of Life,” and that makes a lot of sense when you see how much life is in the crater. In the morning we drove an hour to the top of the ridge that was formed by a volcanic caldera and had this spectacular view… (the ridge was covered in clouds.)IMG_3101

It looked like this in the afternoon though 🙂IMG_3380

It was really incredible entering the crater. I’ve never seen anything like it.IMG_3114

And we immediately saw all types of animals…

Kori bustardIMG_3144

Looking super fly (and yes it can actually fly)IMG_3146

Golden Jackals. These little guys seemed really cool and were friendly with all the animals around them like zebras and wildebeests. Also, they mate for life which is pretty rare for animals like these.IMG_3153

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And we found lions!IMG_3200IMG_3208

They stopped “lion” around for a little while to attempt a hunt.IMG_3218

Probably going for these little guys.IMG_3235

…And it didn’t go so well for them. They got chased away immediately by the bulls.

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Later we went to the hippo pond.IMG_3246IMG_3248

They seem super fat and lazy but they are really dangerous (look at the cuts on this guy)IMG_3258

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Augur Buzzard IMG_3270

Black RhinoIMG_3277

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When I saw the hyena from a distance my first thought was that it was a little bear because of its round ears 🙂IMG_3308

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It’s hard to describe how beautiful Ngorongoro was and the pictures don’t really do it justice. But it really was an amazing place and I hope I have a chance to go back some day. Also, I couldn’t ask for a better group to experience it with than this!

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