African Safari, Day 3, Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro crater above, and some scenic views heading around and down below. The crater has trapped an entire ecosystem of animals within it.

Standing with the hood popped up, we descended into the unbelievably gorgeous crater with the sun rising in the background.

This was the first elephant we saw, huge tusks, we were told that the bulls don’t mind eating out in the open like this, because there’s really no match for their ass kicking power around.

Baboons for days! There were many more animals along the way, but for the most part I just watched and enjoyed it without snapping too many photos.

We went back to Mama Simba Homebase for a few more days, contented with our experience, and flew home not long after. Tanzania forever has our hearts.

Finally a view of Kilimanjaro from the plane, it looks like a cloud, but there is actually a peak hidden in there. Below we are cruising over some place in the middle east.

Sunrise and nearly home.

African Safari, Day 2, Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

We wake to a sunrise trek to see some of the animals which are more active when it’s cooler outside (namely lions!).

And what do ya know, we met up with a few of these predators! The lion let out a low rumble when we got relatively close, so we didn’t test his resolve any further. We went back to camp for a breakfast and then head out to the Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge where we’ll be staying for the night.

Wildebeest skull in the front of the camp. Breakfast below was great.

The Serengeti Safari Camp was just about the coolest thing ever, even had running water. On the way, we also stopped by a Masai village. For the small fee of 40$ they did a nice little song and dance for us that we got to awkwardly participate in.

The son of the village chief took us into his cow dung and stick hut, inside was a smoldering fire boiling water. The smoke inside was nearly suffocating.

I definitely thought their shoes were ingenuitive, made from old tires.

They even had a classroom of adorable children sing for us with a strategically placed donation box in the middle.

All in all, we were happy to participate.