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Ngorongoro Crater, June 3, 2006

What an awesome day this was! Meeting at 8 AM, we set off down the road into the crater. My first thought was that it was like opening a box of Cracker-Jack and getting all prizes! Animals, pockets of animals everywhere as far as the eye could see! It was truly an incredible day, as evidenced by the pictures below. Micato served us a delicious lunch with salads, china, real cutlery and of course, apres-dinner drinks. After more animal exploring in the afternoon, we ascended and arrived back at the lodge around six, with enough time to relax and freshen up for a wonderful supper with the group.
Our room # 38 at the Sopa Lodge
Our room # 38 at the Sopa Lodge
Spunky looks out over the crater in our room
Spunky looks out over the crater in our room
Bar area in the Sopa Lodge
Bar area in the Sopa Lodge
Assembling to go into the crater amidst the early morning fog
Assembling to go into the crater amidst the early morning fog
A family of elephants lives along the desent road
A family of elephants lives along the desent road
Another of the elephants on the crater descent road
Another of the elephants on the crater descent road
Black-shouldered kite
Black-shouldered kite
Lots of animals everywhere! These are plains zebra
Lots of animals everywhere! These are plains zebra
30. Itchy nose
30. Itchy nose
My nose is itchy too and the rock is occupied, so I will just use your backside!
"My nose is itchy too and the rock is occupied, so I will just use your backside!"
Lions on the crater floor road
Lions on the crater floor road
A classic pose
A classic pose
Wildlife of a different kind -guess who has right of way?
Wildlife of a different kind -guess who has right of way?
Going for a stroll
Going for a stroll
Open wide!
Open wide!
Crowned cranes in flight
Crowned cranes in flight
A gnarled tree
A gnarled tree
An ex cape buffalo
An ex cape buffalo
They are still lying on the road - 2 hrs later!
They are still lying on the road - 2 hrs later!
Queen of the savanah
Queen of the savanah
So majestic
So majestic
Kori bustard (just LOVE that name!)
Kori bustard (just LOVE that name!)
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
Hyena on the prowl at the flamingo pool
Hyena on the prowl at the flamingo pool
Greater and lesser flamingos
Greater and lesser flamingos
Flamingos
Flamingos
Running to get airborne
Running to get airborne
Hippo pool
Hippo pool
See all those bubbles in the water?
See all those bubbles in the water?
Hippos are fun to watch as they roll around in the water
Hippos are fun to watch as they roll around in the water
A close up of the flamingos
A close up of the flamingos
The colours of the afternoon in the crater
The colours of the afternoon in the crater
We came across this guy on the side of the road, we stopped
We came across this guy on the side of the road, we stopped
He looked at us, got up, and sniffed out the area in front of our truck
He looked at us, got up, and sniffed out the area in front of our truck
Then, proceeded to mark his territory (he peed in the hole he dug)
Then, proceeded to mark his territory (he peed in the hole he dug)
And then flaked out on top of it to claim his spot!
And then flaked out on top of it to claim his spot!
Now I will have my siesta
"Now I will have my siesta"
Siesta time for everyone, it's mid afternoon
Siesta time for everyone, it's mid afternoon
Daniel gets set to serve drinks after lunch
Daniel gets set to serve drinks after lunch
The other safaris had box lunches -- we had china, cutlery and hot food -- A class act
The other safaris had box lunches -- we had china, cutlery and hot food -- A class act
The Cape buffalo that didn't make it
The Cape buffalo that didn't make it
Beautiful lions -- Ugly flies
Beautiful lions -- Ugly flies
It's my herd
"It's my herd"
Hmmm -- lunch
Hmmm -- lunch
Grants gazelle
Grants gazelle
Grants gazelle
Grants gazelle
Vervet monkeys (blue-balled monkeys)  in Lerai Forest.jpg
Vervet monkeys (blue-balled monkeys) in Lerai Forest.jpg
Doing what monkeys do best
Doing what monkeys do best
Warthogs and Wildebeest
Warthogs and Wildebeest
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
A magnificient male
A magnificient male
An elder statesman
An elder statesman
A pretty scarry moment for us, this guy was getting set to charge
A pretty scarry moment for us, this guy was getting set to charge
Nah -- they wouldn't have tasted good anyway
"Nah -- they wouldn't have tasted good anyway"
Spunky watches the sunset. again
Spunky watches the sunset. again
A crater sunset
A crater sunset
The colours are amazing
The colours are amazing