A Trip Down Into The Ngorongoro Crater

Herd of Zebras in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The first day of our safari was a journey down into the Ngorongoro Crater. This is the world’s largest, unfilled and inactive volcanic caldera. We stayed in a very nice lodge on the rim of the caldera, looking down into a vast space filled with all manner of wildlife, surrounded by the ancient walls of the volcano. On the way up to the lodge we passed elephants, giraffes, baboons and the local Maasai tending to their livestock. It is a lush and vibrant landscape. To get down into the crater, you wind down numerous switch backs and a very rocky and bumpy road. We passed down through the early morning clouds, that filled the caldera and we made our way to the bottom. One of our first encounters was this herd of Zebras. What a beautiful sight to behold, hundreds of Zebras lazily eating their breakfast and not really caring that we were there. All you could hear in the first few minutes, was the camera shutters firing off in the three jeeps, and all of the photographers holding their breath. We slowly passed by the herd, stopping and taking more shots, trying get a perfect Zebra shot! It was a great way to start the day, as we went off in search of who else calls this place home.




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