Thursday, August 20, 2009
After we left Lake Manyara we were soon on a dirt road. Not just any dirt road, it was gutted and torn up from the previous rains. People had then driven on it causing the big ruts and holes we had to bounce through. The drivers went slowly as the entire wheels of the Landrover would go into the ruts of the road.
We got to the Crater Lodge that sits on the rim of the Crater. This would be our home for the next couple of nights. It was beautiful. The Crater is one of the most beautiful places I have seen. There was a main lodge which had a dining room sunrooms that overlooked the rim of the Crater in which to sit and have drinks, write in your journal etc. There are no rooms in the lodge, instead there are small one room cottages with private bathrooms that you stay in.
This is the view from the lawnchairs while sitting on the edge of the Crater
The next morning we had breakfast and headed out on another game drive. It is about a 2 mile drive down to the bottom of the Crater. Everyone enters the Crater on one one lane dirt road that switchbacks down the side. Everyone exits the Crater on a different one lane dirt road that switchbacks up the Crater.
Once in the Crater these are some of the things we saw:
Lions - these guys remind me of Clarence the cross-eyed lion that was on the old Daktari television show.
Hyena, this guy made me think of my Jessie girl, my golden retreiver that was at home.
Here is a Kori Bustard just strutten around chillin'
Here he is again but this time it's, "Hey Ladies, where are you!!"
Ostriches run just like the roadrunner cartoon. Very fun to watch in an all out run.