The magic of a safari in Tanzania (4) in Engorongoro Crater

View of the Nogorongoro hole from the edge of the Caldera (PB)

When the traveler leaves behind a dry serengeti (read previous post), a first surprise awaits him at the end of his arrival at the edge of the vast circular Caldera – 22 km in diameter – Engorongororo, a volcano once higher than Kilimanjaro and extinct for two Was. MILLION YEARS: The panorama is actually great on the cracks that broke after the eruption.

On the slopes of Ngorongoro, lots of vegetation (PB)

Green pastures stretching six hundred and ten meters below, the brackish waters of Lake Makat, two swamps … no small feat to go there: 4 × 4 driven by Swedish, our driver-guide, zigzag on a narrow winding track, now one-way – due to heavy vehicles- , In the middle of green and colorful plants: flowering shrubs, shrubs of all kinds, giant Candelabra euphorbias. Here, the climate is tropical and there is plenty of rainfall during the two annual monsoon seasons. The contrast with the landscape of the Serengeti is complete which we have just left.

Below the hole, under a moving sky as far as the eye can see is pasture and pasture (PB)

Below, under a changing sky where large white clouds are constantly running, at the foot of the steep blue walls of Caldera, the meadows are vast and green. The show, interestingly, is similar to what it should have been in the early days of creation. In early July, in this “conservation area”, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, some of the 30,000 wildlife that usually live there migrated north to some countries. There are still some flamingos, wildbeasts, several zebras and antelopes, and hyenas are seen roaming in search of carrion.

In the tall grass, a lion watching (PB)

Travelers will also see – often with binoculars – some black rhinos. Closed, flat and so easy to protect from poachers, always looking for, the Nogorongoro hole has become a sanctuary for this highly endangered species.

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And then there’s the lion. More later, in fact, a lioness moves guard the grass. Who knows what he’s seeing, a victim maybe, how do you know? More still, a giant lion is sleeping on the yellow grass two meters away from the road, with a 4 x 4 second ballet and cameras indifferent to shooting at him. Later, nineteen lions jumped into the water with two men. On the other hand, this hole is now forbidden, like the national park, for Masai pastoralists – which gives rise to excitement, as we saw (read the previous post) – there are no giraffes, no damalis, no impulses: geography or climate is not suitable for them.

When the sun plays hide and seek with the clouds, the slope of the hole suddenly becomes dark (PB)

In the bluish blue sky, huge white clouds are flying, driven by the wind. Suddenly, one of them covers the sun: the hole goes dark for a few minutes. The altered lights are an interesting sight in Engorongoro, easily turning from light green or dark blue, to smiling yellow to black.

Crown crane (PB)

We almost forgot to see the amazing rollers with blue wings and mauve necks, storks crowned with great spruce, herones, pelicans, storks, golden hello. And also, on a tree, ripple vultures, with half-closed pierced eyes, waiting for food relief …

The hippopotamus did a show (PB)

By the water, near the picnic area, the hippopotamus does a show. Huge, distorted, they roar in the water, disappear, show one ear, then two wide eyes, before opening a huge pink jaw.

Alas, the rocky tracks have been better than the 4 × 4 driven by the Swedes During installation, our driver-guide discovered an oil leak. Impossible to leave! It takes several hours before the emergency car mechanics arrive, with four of its passengers leaving the other group at 4 × 4.

In large trees, by the water’s edge, a “graveyard” for elephants (PB)

In this way they will be able to admire some more waders, huge old elephants who have come to eat, a soft grass and a few horned buffaloes before they die, before heading to their hotel, on the streets of Arusha. , Through the green countryside and colorful villages whose markets are full of vegetables and yellow, green and red bananas … The supply is perfect: The next morning, the Swedes arrive on time with another car.



In preparation: This “previous safari” is what Terrace D’Aventure has in its catalog during its stay in Tanzania. There are no physical difficulties on this discovery trip, the safari is being done at 4 x 4. Duration: 9 days. From 2295

These prices include airfare, transfers, luggage transportation, French-speaking Tanzanian driver-guide supervision, charming accommodation (lodge and canvas camp) and full board. This price does not include registration fees, insurance, visa fees (it is issued at Kilimanjaro Airport, cost: 50 50 in cash), tips and drinks.

In addition, calculate 40 540 to 90 590 for adults in taxes, especially for entry to national parks – these are high-, for wildlife conservation and also for visiting communities.

* A guide: Tanzania and Zanzibar. Gallimard Guide. 25.90. A new version is planned for October 2018.


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