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Our First View From the Rim of Ngorongoro Crater 12 Miles Across

A Lone Zebra Closeup

A Group of Zebra & Wildebeest

Lots More Wildebeest & Newborns(Lion is 1 km Away And Headed in...

Hyenas

Thomson Gazelle

Ostriches

Lions on Tourist Duty

Lioness in the Shade

Lions on Tourist Duty

Tourist Duty is Sooo Tiresome

Okay, Let's Give us Some Room Here!

Wildebeest Closeup

Sacred Ibis Flock

Wildebeest on the Move, Flamingos in the Background

More Ibis, Heron, & Pelican

This Lion is On His Way Down Towards the Wildebeest Crowd 1...

Picnic Lunch Stop

Closeup of Zebra at Simba Public Camp

Ngongo Crater Rim View

Crater Rim View Looking S.


Feb 28

Nxt morning we enter Lk Manyara park at 8 am and leave at 2 pm, heading for Ngorongoro Crater about 4:30. From Lk Manyara to Ngo ngo the countryside is hilly, lush agricultural area, field upon field of corn & beans. Masai people use bicycles it seems(not the case in other areas eg. Few in Nairobi where the streets are jammed w/ cars). In this part of Tanzania the road is brand new, financed & constructed by Japanese. Arriving late in Ngo ngo(6 pm) we cannot do a rim walk as planned.

THE PARK: Just the immensity, the huge size and distances of the crater were impressive. Plus, the large #s of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and hippos. It was really fun watching the hippos in the hippo pool flicking their tails to keep cool and rolling completely over in the water. We were close enuf to listen/hear the splash splash and constant swishing along with an accompanying roar as places shifted in the pool. The wildebeest were in midst of calving so we not only saw lots of young but were fortunate to come upon recent births (w/in 10 minutes) twice-the placenta not having been dropped yet...and then seeing the mother run after only 10-15 min. of birth to get the new born running for it's first time. We had just seen a lion not more than 15-20 minutes earlier and about one km. away so it is understandable how this immediacy has evolved for the young to be able to run!!!

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