Day 12 – Heart of Africa Motorcycle Tour

Again an early rise, and the road back through the Serengeti towards the Ngorongoro crater.

On our way we saw some more Lion, Cheetah, a Serval cat and a Caracal. You just can’t go wrong here.

Cerval cat

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

The Ngorongoro crater is an old volcanic caldera, some 19 x 16 km. The animals living there don’t often venture out of the crater as you drop almost 2000 feet in elevation from the rim to the bottom. It is an ecosystem in its own right.

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

Hundreds of Buffalo, Wildebeest, Lion, Hippo and elephant to name a few occupy the crater.

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

The Ngorongoro crater looks like a paradise for wild animals. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres (100 square miles). The area is part of the Serengeti ecosystem. The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five.

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

Early morning yawn

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

Steve checking the tyres

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

Taken at 150 meters with my celphone binoculars lense

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

The often spotted tourist vehicle

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

In full flight

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

Kori bustard ready for love

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

Just keeping my companions from falling over whilst dozing

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures
Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

Janis looking very colonial

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

After enjoying lunch next to a little oasis with hippo keeping an eye we left the Serengeti and Ngorogoro to our overnight stop at Lake Manyara.

It is difficult to think how quickly our tour flew by as it is out last day tomorrow. Nairobi awaits, one last border crossing and then the testing traffic back to the beautiful Norfolk hotel.

I had to have something sweet….

Heart of Africa, Day 12, Serengeti, Motorcycle Tour by Ayres Adventures

Jason and Janis

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