Ngorongoro Crater and the Elusive Rhino

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Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area is not too far outside of the Serengeti.  If you are going to one, you should definitely go to the other.  The crater is actually a volcanic caldera that is left from an eruption over 2 million years ago (source).

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Ngorongoro is where the elusive Rhino tend to be seen more often as there is a more concentrated population of them .  However, when I say concentrated population, take into account that they are critically endangered and there are only 26 rhinos at Ngorongoro (source). Our guide is consistently leading safari groups and hasn’t seen a rhino in over 3 months.  Today is our last safari game drive so it is now or never to complete viewing of the Big 5.

The drive into the crater is very massage-like with great elephant views.  The volcanic soil is rich in minerals more so than regular soil so elephants here tend to have huge tusks (per our guide Emmanuel).

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We searched for rhinos in their “normal” spots where Emmanuel has seen them before with no luck.  We saw plenty of warthogs, zebras, and gazelles but no rhino.

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We were supposed to drive out after a gorgeous picnic lunch at this lake but we convinced Emmanuel to drive us around a little longer.

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Not more than 30 minutes later, our driver whipped a U-turn and started driving really fast.  He spotted something.  Could it be the elusive rhino?

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Yes it is!

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Our guide and driver both hadn’t been this close to a rhino in a long time.  While I didn’t think we were all that close, apparently we were.

This is where having a telephoto lens would have been very helpful.  Instead we took a few photos through binoculars.  A little blurry, but a lot more close-up.AfricaNgorongororhino3

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5 out of 5!!!  The Big 5 complete!!  The group deemed our safari a huge success and drove out of Ngorongoro with huge smiles.

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  1. May 18, 2017

    […] My East African Safari was the best trip I took on my 18 month “sabbatical” by far. I started out in Kenya tracking through Lake Naivasha to the Masai Mara (sometimes spelled as Maasai Mara) on my way into Tanzania, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. […]

  2. May 18, 2017

    […] My East African Safari was the best trip I took on my 18 month “sabbatical” by far. I started out in Kenya tracking through Lake Naivasha to the Masai Mara on my way into Tanzania, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. […]

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