Day 9 - Ngorongoro Crater

We awoke at 6am. After breakfast, presented staff with tips and left for morning game drive in the crater. Saw single black rhino (very rare) 3 male lion, 2 female lion, gazelle and hippo. Watched as a cheeky monkey got into a van and stole a baguette then saw him eating it up a tree!

The view down into the crater

Masai village

Maasai herding their cattle



Crested Crane

Hyena relaxing with Flamingo in the background

Scary smile!

Jeremy and Alex


Hippo Pool


Our favourite Wildebeest photo

Black Rhino

We stopped at this beautiful lake for a quick rest

Elaine looking out at some Hippo!


In the very last 5 minutes of the safari, we finally saw a beautiful male lion. He was not shy and we felt very lucky to get so many pictures of him.

He then joined two others - possibly his brothers

Leaving the Crater behind

Official entry point from the south of the park

Began the 4 hr drive to Arusha. Stopped at a Curio (gift shop) en route and went through driver Samuel’s home town. Everyone kept nodding off on the bus – the culmination of too many early mornings and too much heat!

Arrived at Arusha ‘Outpost Lodge’ hotel. Got settled in rooms and enjoyed first warm shower. All met for pre dinner drinks in the poolside bar and then had dinner in the restaurant. The group shared nachos and hummous and most then had pizzas but Lars did have Goat!

Moses joined us for dinner then Steve made a speech and presented Moses with his tips from us all.

We said our goodbyes to Jeremy, Amy, Michelle and Christina as they had to catch an early shuttle to the airport in the morning. The rest of us stayed up a little longer.

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Day 9 Map

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Day Highlights
The Ngorongoro Crater
Hippo Pool
Black Rhino
Male Lion

Day 9 Facts:
Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera.

The Crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610 m (2,001 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 km² (102 square miles).

Aside from herds of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest, the crater is home to the "big five" of rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo.

The crater plays host to almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa, with an estimated 25,000 animals within the crater.


Day 1 - Nairobi
Day 2 - Lake Nakuru
Day 3 - Masai Mara
Day 4 - Masai Mara (Balloon)
Day 5 - Lake Victoria

Day 6 - Serengeti
Day 7 - Serengeti
Day 8 - Olduvai Gorge
Day 9 - Ngorongoro Crater

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