We began our last day of safari on Friday with a long, jostling drive full of hairpin turns to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. The cold mist that surrounded us only contributed to the ethereal feeling inside the caldera. It felt like we had driven into The Land Before Time. We passed herds of buffalo and wildebeest and zebra and elephant. We watched while hyenas and lions hunted and saw two rare black rhinos in the distance. We even faced an elephant on the road! He was very clearly not going to yield, so we did. As our car slowly reversed through the bush, the elephant steadily stomped toward us, and it was so. cool.
|Staring down another vehicle|
We drove back up to the rim of the crater for a walk along a muddy with an armed ranger who pointed out different flowers and plants and explained their uses. I trudged through the buffalo-poop-covered trail and lamented to Joey that my nature quota had been filled about two days earlier and all I wanted to do was go shopping. He reminded me with a smile that I was the one who planned the trip.
We returned to our lovely room at the Ngorongoro Farm House for one more night, where we took advantage of the fireplace in our room and built a huge, roaring, romantic fire.
For pictures from the last day of our safari, click here.