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.
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.
Hundreds of Buffalo, Wildebeest, Lion, Hippo and elephant to name a few occupy the crater.
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.
Early morning yawn
Steve checking the tyres
Taken at 150 meters with my celphone binoculars lense
The often spotted tourist vehicle
In full flight
Kori bustard ready for love
Just keeping my companions from falling over whilst dozing
Janis looking very colonial
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….
Jason and Janis