Out in Africa travel blog

Again we heard the hyenas during the nights. Left camp today and the Serengeti to go to Ngorongoro Crater. We stopped at Moru kopjes and climbed up to a former meeting place for the Maasi. Here we found a "gong" rock. A rock with indentations in that make a musical sound when hit by a small rock. It was used to announce meetings. This area is now part of the Serengeti Park and the government moved the Maasi out towards the Crater.

We spotted many animals this morning, but no new ones.

We saw a leopard stalking who went up a tree and started eating what was left of a gazelle carcass. We saw both a male and female ostrich side by side, the male is more colorful; the female fluffier and with a larger backside.

We had lunch at Naabi Hill, the gateway to the Serengeti. We were leaving and Wilford said 200 vehicles pass though this gate a day and it is not the only gate. We traveled a very dusty, as it is still the dry season, bumpy road. At times it was only one lane as there were piles of dirt and wrong in several places.

A very desolate area. We would see Maasi villages and boys with the cattle. Not sure what they were eating and there was no water around.

We ascended to the crater rim and then down into the crater and drove across to ascend again to our camp. We are sharing camp with a Norwegian photo journalist for a travel magazine, a British tour operator who lives in Arusha, and 3 Aussies and 1 Kiwi.

We spotted 17 lions today.

Animal Sightings

Outside the Crater: Thompson Gazelle, Guinea Fowl, Leopard, Ostrich, Hyena in a pack, Giraffe, Secretary Bird, Warthog, Hippo, Lion, Elephant, Topi with a baby, Hartebeest, Buffalo, Zebra, Baboon, Cheetah with cubs, Black Back Jackal, Reedbuck, Dik Dik, Impala, Greater Flamingo, Black Winged Stilt

In the Crater: Grant's Gazelle, Warthog, Zebra, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Crowned Crane, Thompson Gazelle, Flamingo, Hartebeest, Ostrich, Lion

ANIMAL TRIVIA: REEDBUCK- give off a bad odor that the big cats don't like.

DIK DIK- are monogamous. FLAMINGO - lay eggs on an island so the jackal cannot get at them

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