Day 1 and 2 were spent flying out to Tanzania from London Heathrow.
Our room at Rivertrees Lodge, Arusha.
Early Sunday morning saw us picked up from Rivertrees Lodge in Arusha by our driver, Alfred.
Loading up the Toyota in Arusha.
Alfred was to spend the next 6 days driving us round, firstly the Lake Manyara National Park, followed by the Ngorongoro Crater and then The Serengeti Park.
Alfred purchasing us some red bananas to eat on the journey, delicious!
Day 3 – Lake Manyara Park.
Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake at the base of the western stretches of the Rift Valley Escarpment and is known for it’s elephant and tree climbing lions.
One of the famous tree climbing lions in Manyara National Park.
We had to pull over to let the elephants pass.
Day 4 – Ngorongoro Crater.
An early start and we set off for the Ngorongoro Crater. But first Alfred took us north east, skirting the rim of the crater to visit a Massai village. He had chosen a village which isn’t on the normal route so we could have a more authentic experience.
The red circle shows where we were staying south of the Crater.
Our room at the Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge.
Massai with their cattle
A Massai woman.
Leaving the village we then traced our route back and descended into the crater itself. Ngorongoro is the worlds largest, inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It is 2000 feet deep and covers a 100 square miles.
This shows the route we took from the Massai village in the north east down into the Crater where we drove around all day.
Four of a group of five lions walking toward us in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Zebra and Warthog.
A Zebra crossing!
Crowned Cranes in flight.