Established in the late 1950s, Ngorongoro Conservation Area balances wildlife preservation alongside human settlements. The area covers about 3,200 square miles from the shore of Lake Eyasi to the south, the edge of the Great Rift Valley to the east, the border of the Loliondo Game Controlled Area to the North as well as the boundaries of Serengeti National Park to the west. Resident wildlife populations in the crater and seasonal migratory populations around the Serengeti make this an integral part of Tanzania's ecology. Lastly, the many Maasai settlements make it a cultural epicenter within northern Tanzania.
It’s another day of astonishing views and abundant wildlife as we visit Ngorongoro Crater. We will be sure to keep our fingers crossed in the hopes of seeing rhinoceros (only 60 black rhinos left in Tanzania) and big cats, such as lions and cheetahs. The diversity of species is awe-inspiring: we will see everything from baboons and elephants in the Lerai Forest to wildebeest and mountain reedbuck over the crater’s grassy floor. Lunch will be served in the bush on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater to replenish us before the adventures ahead with more wildlife viewing, enjoying the biodiversity of Ngorongoro.
This evening, we will relax at the Tembo Fire, an open-air sitting area nestled at the foot of the organic gardens. The tradition of the nightly campfire began as a purely practical measure to ensure that elephants - or "tembo" in Swahili - are not tempted to feast in the organic gardens at night. It soon became a popular place to sit and relax at the end of the day. Now, with a comfortable seating area and full bar, the Tembo Fire makes a wonderful place for conversation, storytelling or stargazing.
It’s time to say farewell, as we enjoy our last dinner as a group before heading to Arusha and our respective homes. From white-sand beaches to wildebeest to savannahs to bomas to the brightest stars… it’s been quite the trip through northern Tanzania.
GIBB’S FARM (B, L, D)