Tanzania Tenting Safari 2004 with Kaskan & Elcess travel blog

Ngorongoro Crater from our hotel room

Kori Bustard, Ngorongoro Crater

Black-backed Jackals (Bweha nyekundu), Ngorongoro Crater

Male Lion (Simba), Ngorongoro Crater

Male Ostrich, Ngorongoro Crater

Serval Cat (Mondo), Ngorongoro Crater

Hamerkop, Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is a caldera formed when four volcanic peaks collapsed. Now it is one of the most successfully protected conservation areas in Africa. We are the third or fourth vehicle into the crater this morning, and by lunchtime we've seen four of the "big five" -- elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, and black rhino -- missing only leopard. Later on we get good long looks at two serval cats, and a better (though still long-distance) view of a rhino, another of the 19 individuals remaining in the crater.

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