Tarangire to Ngorongoro Carter

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Masai Huts
We left Tarangire for Ngorongoro (the 'N' is silent) Crater on the third day. Drove back into Arusha. On our way up we stopped at a "souvenir" shop with all sorts of carvings and paintings that were supposedly authentic.

Ngorongoro is very different from Tarangire. Its a massive crater with alot of green around the brim and lots of flat land inside the crater. It was cold on the brim, getting into the upper 40s during the night. And when you are in a tent with no heater, it gets very cold.

Our camp was on the brim, and everything looked very similar to Tarangire. We unpacked and had lunch before heading into the crater. Once you get into the crater, it got instantly warmer, by about 15 degrees.
Where we got gas


Inside Ngorongoro we again saw lots and lots of zebra and wildebeests. In the middle of Tarangire is a lake, and hundreds of flamingos hang out in the shallow water. You would look out and see pink. It was very cool.

We finally saw two hyenas walking about. Along with they hyenas we saw two jackals, wild dogs.

By the lake in Ngorongoro is a hippo pool filled with, well, hippos. They all just lay there, flipping water on their backs with their tails. Some would roll over from time to time. Very lazy creatures.

Speaking of lazy, we saw lions laying in the tall grass, literally ten feet in front of us. They had just eaten a meal and were just laying there with 7-8 LRs just sitting there, people taking pictures of them. Wouldn't move unless you poked them. It was great to see them upclose. They looked so close and cuddly.


After our wild life viewing, we came back to the camp. Had dinner and sat around the campfire which was good because it freezing cold. We had two Masais as our guards for the night, equipped with spears!

At dinner they said we would find a surprise in our beds, and it wouldnt be a snake or spider. We were all wondering what it could be. When I got to bed I checked and it was a warm bottle heating up our beds. What a great surprised. I slept with it and it was warm when I woke up. It definitely helped too as it was freezing cold all night.
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Masai Huts
Masai Huts
Where we got gas
Where we got gas
Entrance to Ngorongoro
Entrance to Ngorongoro
Tanzanian Flag
Tanzanian Flag
Looking into Ngorongoro
Looking into Ngorongoro
Looking into Ngorongoro
Looking into Ngorongoro
Looking into Ngorongoro. Rim Wall.
Looking into Ngorongoro. Rim Wall.
Looking into Ngorongoro
Looking into Ngorongoro
Ngorongoro sign
Ngorongoro sign
Buffalo skull
Buffalo skull
Signage
Signage
A school near Arusha
A school near Arusha
Soccer game
Soccer game
On the way up to Ngorongoro. Looki…
On the way up to Ngorongoro. Look…
On the way up to Ngorongoro. Looki…
On the way up to Ngorongoro. Look…
Road up to Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Road up to Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Road up to Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Road up to Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Road up to Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Road up to Ngorongoro Crater rim.
On the way up to Ngorongoro. Looki…
On the way up to Ngorongoro. Look…
On the way up to Ngorongoro. Looki…
On the way up to Ngorongoro. Look…
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Road out of Ngorongoro
Road out of Ngorongoro
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Road into Ngorongoro
Road into Ngorongoro
Warthogs
Warthogs
Ostrich
Ostrich
Ostrich
Ostrich
Warthogs
Warthogs
Zebra up close and personal
Zebra up close and personal
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Our beds in Ngorongoro
Our beds in Ngorongoro
View from our camp
View from our camp
View from our camp
View from our camp
View from our camp
View from our camp
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Zebra road block
Zebra road block
Thomson Gazelle
Thomson Gazelle
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Birds by the Hippo Pool
Birds by the Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Bird
Bird
Buffalo
Buffalo
Buffalo laying down
Buffalo laying down
Lions resting after eating
Lions resting after eating
Lions resting after eating
Lions resting after eating
Lions resting after eating
Lions resting after eating
Lions resting after eating
Lions resting after eating
Lions resting after eating
Lions resting after eating
Thomson Gazelles
Thomson Gazelles
Hippo Pool
Hippo Pool
Warthogs
Warthogs
Warthog eating
Warthog eating
Warthogs would get on their knees …
Warthogs would get on their knees…
Bird
Bird
Wildebeests up close and personal
Wildebeests up close and personal
Ngorongoro sunset
Ngorongoro sunset
Ngorongoro sunset
Ngorongoro sunset
Fire
Fire
Ngorongoro
photo by: tirsomaldonado