We spent an entire day in Ngorongoro Crater, rising early to be at the entrance gate before dawn, and staying until 6:00 pm. Here’s an Abdim’s stork on a candelabra tree, colored by the predawn light.
Here’s the crater from the crater rim. The crater is large and flat, surrounded by steep rim walls. We would drive around the crater.
For some people, Ngorongoro Crater was the highlight of their safari. We saw more kinds of animals that day, than we would see on any other day. Seeing an animal for the first time on safari is special, and the introduction gets you ready to see more.
Zebras and more lions. Zebras are smart and darling. The small brownish zebra is a baby. The brown fades away with age. Lion pictures include a lioness hunting in vain.
A wildebeest mother and baby.
Cape buffalo are part of the big five.
Africa has ostriches. Females are brown. When an ostrich drinks, it raises its head to drain the water down its throat. See the drops of water dribbling from its mouth as it raises its head. Ostriches have powerful kicks.
The critically endangered black rhino. Indeed, we didn’t see black rhinos after leaving Ngorongoro Crater.
This spotted hyena drank and then marked territory in the water, so that other animals knew it had been there. Other animals don’t associate closely with hyenas.