Tarangire to Ngorongoro Carter
Ngorongoro Travel Blog› entry 5 of 7 › view all entries
July 29th, 2008 – by: jwilsonwsu
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.
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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