Tanzania – Ngorongoro Crater

Our first day on animal safari did not disappoint!  After seeing the crater from the rim, we were so excited to go down into this massive crater and see all of the animals!  The Ngorongoro Crater was formed when the top of the mountain collapsed and created a volcanic caldera.  There are lots of animals that live here and they almost exist in their own ecosystem.  The animals migrate around the crater depending on the season – we happened to be there at the end of the rainy season so everything was nice and green and lush!

We spent the whole day in the crater and I swear we only saw like 25% of the whole crater.  There were SO MANY animals!  I was literally beside myself with just pure joy!  As soon as I saw an animal my brain was like “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and sometimes that came out of my mouth, too, but I tried really hard to stay quiet.

One animal that I wasn’t expecting was the WARTHOG and GUYS THEY ARE THE CUTEST!!!!  There were so many in the crater and I never got tired of seeing them.  At lunchtime, we went to the picnic area that was right next to the hippo pond, so Mike was absolutely out of HIS mind!

I think one of our favorite things in the crater was how you could see the rain in different parts of the crater.  It was so cool and Mike actually caught it on video when a lioness was just casually walking towards the jeeps (!!!!!!!!!!!!):

My pictures turned out GREAT and I’m just so so so happy that we got to experience this incredibly special and unique place in Tanzania.


Wise Wildebeest, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Mother and Calf, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Branching Out, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Play Bows, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Grant’s Gazelle, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Down and Dirty, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Zebra Breakfast, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Unicorn, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


African Crowned Crane, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Black Rhino, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Secretary Bird, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Greater Eland, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Fly By, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Guarding the Bloat, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Just Passing Through, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


The Herd, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Patrolling, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Blep, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Big Smile, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Kori Bustard, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Alone Time, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Jackal on the Move, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Lazy Scavenger, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Yummy Toes, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Gazing, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Mom Taxi, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


African Sacred Ibis, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Protecting Cubs, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Brave Cub, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018


Cub Scouts, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018

This next picture comes with a story.  We were driving and came up on this little lady bushbuck right next to the road.  She was so still, so we stopped and took some pictures of her.  Right after I took this picture, we decided that we were going to keep going.  Everyone turned around to sit back down, but for whatever reason, I was delayed in turning around.  All of a sudden, I see a blur of tan and the bushbuck takes off.  I yelled, “THAT WAS A LIONESS!!!!!  SHE IS CHASING THIS DEER!!!!”  We all get SO EXCITED BECAUSE IT’S A LION HUNT and the driver takes off and tries to keep up.  The bushbuck gets away but the lioness is still in search of food.  At this point, my camera is an afterthought – I’m more focused on watching this play out.  This is nature in action!  We follow the lioness for a while and she starts to stalk to warthogs (not my pumbaas!!!!).  She chases and again, comes up empty pawed.  We move onward, but here is a picture of the luckiest bushbuck in Ngorongoro Crater!


Shoo Flies, Ngorongoro Crater, 2018

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