Ngorongoro Crater National Park is a must if you’re in Tanzania – you know, if you just happen to be in the neighborhood – and here are a few reasons why:
- It’s the largest intact crater in the world.
- It’s 100 square miles at the base, and 2,000 feet deep.
- It’s home to the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. They’re called the Big 5 because they’re the most difficult animals to hunt on foot. Which makes this animal lover want to cry, but we’ll let that go for now and assume that Big 5 Murder isn’t on your bucket list. If it is, we need to have a serious talk which may or may not involve waterboarding. Ha ha!
I’ve already shared photos of the leopard and elephant, and lions and buffalo are on the way. The rhino is a shy creature, plus there are only about 20 living in that huge space, so spotting one is rare.
Every day, we’d head out on safari and say, “Gosh, we’ve seen so much already, even if nothing happens today it will be a good one! Woohoo!” And then we’d see something amazing, which must mean I have excellent safari karma.
We saw every single animal we’d hoped to including, yep, the elusive rhino. This photo may not seem amazing, but it really was a thrill to see this guy/gal in the wild, even from far away.
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