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Saturday, June 12, 1999
Seronera, Serengeti National Park to Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
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Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania:
Latitude: 3° 13' 41" South
Longitude: 35° 29' 24" East
Altitude: 7946 feet
From Seattle: 10782 miles
Lodging: Camp - Simba Camp Site

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Today's Travel:
Country: Tanzania
Regions: Mara, Arusha
Route: Safari: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater
Start: Seronera, Serengeti National Park
Stop 1. Naabi Hill, Serengeti National Park
End:Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Linear:79 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny / Partial Sun

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Topi Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebras and sunrise Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Sunrise and landscape Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Bird with snake Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Two lionesses Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Two lionesses Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Two lionesses Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Wildebeests Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Ostrich Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Flamingos Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Flamingos Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Flamingos Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Flamingos in flight Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Flamingos in flight Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Kopji in landscape Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Baboon on rock Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Baby baboon Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Baby baboon Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Agama Lizard Naabi Hill, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti Naabi Hill, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Agama lizard Naabi Hill, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Crater Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Crater Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Crater Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 793
Linear Dist: 146186
Countries Visited: 57
Regions Visited: 228
More stats...
Hotels: 237
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 117
Hostels: 217
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 3022
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Journal Entry:
Up before dawn to do a game drive - didn't see much. "Maasai", our driver and guide, is being very anoying - won't stop to let us take pictures when we ask - instead he says no we can get closer then invariably scares away whatever we were trying to take a picture of. Back at the camp we have breakfast, pack, and go pick up Lois from her posh hotel. Spend the day driving around the Serengeti. See a couple lionesses with a cub just barely visible. See tons of zebras and wildebeests. Later our driver screws up again and very nearly runs over a male lion sleeping in the road - Terry yelled at him and he slamed on the breaks, stopping 6 or 7 feet from the lion! Left Serengetting via the Naabi Hill gate - the same one we arived by, and hiked to the top of Naabi Hill - the view is amazing, the Serengeti is so flat it looks like you can see forever. Once at the crater it's clear, and the view down into it is absolutely spectacular - it's like looking out of an airplane window. Unfortunately it's cold - very cold. Set up camp and have an early diner. Aretha was in bed to keep warm before it even got dark. Terry and I were on our way at about seven when the tour company next to us started a fire so we went to make friends. Even so in bed by 9:30.

[Original entry lost - Reconstructed from notes May 2, 2000]


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Tanzania
CIA World Fact Book: Tanzania

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