Ngoronoro crater NP
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We had to get up early again today , this was to be our last game drive so I hope itâ€™s a good one and maybe see some more big cats. It is pretty chilly this morning. Again Sam and myself were last to get breakfast so we were eating are breakfast at the same time as trying to make our packed lunch.
We got picked up by are guides in 4by4s.
We arrived at the entrance to the crater there were beautiful views on the way down of the mountains as the mist cleared we stopped to take photoâ€™s and to see the odd bit of game. We reached the bottom and drove to where the other jeeps had stopped. So we could take the roof down so we could stand up and see the game. We then had Sara join are jeep as they could not all stand up in their jeep. We drove and seen the soda lake then drove to a nearby watering hole where the hippo were, and behind the hippos on the bank we could just see two lionesses.
From here I could see 4 jeepâ€™s pulled over on the road watching something so I mentioned this to the driver but instead of taking us straight there he drove back the way we just came where there was nothing and drove the long way around.
So we continued to drive around seeing the Impala, wilder beast, zebra etc. We then asked if he could take us into the forest so we could look for black rhino. We drove to the forest and on the way we seen lionesses stalking the wilder beast and the zebra it was amazing to watch they were so well camouflaged and moved so slowly. We didnâ€™t get to see a hunt or kill but it was cool to watch them in their natural habitat stalking prey. We watched for a while then drove towards the forest. We drove through slowly by know it was very hot and dusty and I was so tired. We didnâ€™t see any rhino but we saw elephants.
After a while we went to a picnic site and seen the other groupâ€™s to see what they had seen we knew they were lucky enough to see the lionesses and their young, After a short break we went back out for another drive we seen more wilder beast, zebra and hyenas. Then after maybe an hour I saw a lot of trucks in the distance pulled over. This time the driver drove towards the spot, we had to go around a long route. On the way we saw a lot of water buffalo and zebra.
As we got to where the trucks were we could see what it was, it was a lion in the middle of the road lying up against the side of a jeep.
Eventually after watching it and having a laugh the truck moved and it was left in the middle of the road. Are driver moved and parked about 6ft to the side of the lion. Both Clinton and myself opened are windowâ€™s and were stuck our bodies/heads out to get better photoâ€™s . It looked so peaceful like you could almost get out and stroke it. We watched it for about 10mins and then decided we had better leave it alone.
I got some amazing photoâ€™s you can see every detail and scar on his face I got that close.
I then got warned be-careful when having lunch, as the kites will nick it. So I got my sandwich out had a bite and before I knew it kiteâ€™s came from nowhere and grabbed part of my sandwich and finger and the rest they dropped on the floor, so we then had loads of these kite dive booming the floor. Trust me being the only one to have this happen to. Everyone found this very funny.
Then we stopped at an old elephant carcass, which had vultures all over and hyenas tearing chunks out of it. It was smelly. We got photos then moved on towards the forest. We seen in the distance a family of lions. We got to the forest and I thought we were going to do a game drive again but we were heading out of the crater. We didnâ€™t see anything else. We stopped at a few viewpoints and got are last photos.
We drove back and meet the truck and the others.
We drove to Arusha afterwards. We stayed at an excellent campsite called Snake Park. The showers are freezing but I am used to that. After setting up camp . I went to the bar and had a few drinks. The bar is so neat it is where people leave old t-shirts that are signed and other bits and bobs it was funny to see them all and read them. Then Edwin told us that our truck had left a t shirt here before , we had a look at the truck was called the flying pig and underneath it had â€śanother shit day in Africaâ€ť.