We left our hotel in Arusha on Wednesday afternoon to head to Karatu, where we would stay overnight before heading to the safari in the morning.
We traveled down a narrow, winding, dirt road to get to the base of the Ngorongoro Crater. The landscape was absolutely breathtaking, especially during sunrise. While heading down, we had to keep our eyes peeled, as an animal could be hanging in a tree or could run out into the road at any moment. We were on the lookout for leopards sleeping in the treetops, but unfortunately, we never saw any. I was able to convince our driver to stop a few times on the way down for a photo, but most of the scenic shots were taken out of a moving vehicle.
When we got to the bottom of the crater, we were all amazed at the sheer number of animals we saw. I think I was expecting to have to spot an animal and yell out to our driver to stop, but there were animals everywhere! It was amazing to see them all interact with one another, as you really only see these types of animals separated in cages at the zoo. The herbivores interact peacefully since they’re not a threat to each other. It wasn’t until two lions appeared that the other animals had their guards up!
Check out the photos and at the bottom, you'll find a list of pretty much everything we came upon. Fun stuff.
Special thanks to Stout and Convoy of Hope for making this trip possible and for all they do to help others.