In Arusha we arranged a jeep trip into Ngorongoro crater. With thousands of animals including elephant, giraffe, zebra, lions, flamingos, hyenas, dingos (not really!) and about a dozen variety of gazelles, this area is recognized as one of the premier wildlife viewing areas in the world. We spent two days in and around the crater getting up early to catch the wildlife at its best. This is the dry season, which is advantageous for us because the wildlife tends to congregate near waterholes. If your driver knows where the water is, he knows where the animals are! Apparently it’s also mating season for lions as you can see in one of the photos below. 🙂 We got extremely lucky one day and actually saw a leopard in the wild. We were driving back towards our campsite and one of the people in the jeep yelled out to stop, because she’d just seen a leopard. Our guide was extremely skeptical since they’re the hardest of all the animals to find. She was right though, and we got to spend about 30 minutes watching the leopard stalk a herd of gazelle, and then finally take one. The kill happened behind a bush so we didn’t actually see that part, but we did see the leopard run off with the prey in it’s jaws.
The photo below is a composite I’ve made of three separate photos taken from the rim of the crater. Once I get back to the states, I’m going to try to print that out poster size…it should be awesome!