Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 16 - From Serengeti back to Ngorogoro Crater

Day three of safari!

Last night we could hear the hippos in the lake behind the lodge grunting as we went to sleep. They sound like pigs!

This morning as I walked to the restaurant for breakfast there were these giant mouse like creatures laying on the rocks. They were so cute!

Today was day two in the Serengeti. We saw lions, buffalo, a sivel cat and crocodiles along with many of the previous mentioned animals that we have seen over the last couple of days.

There is a list of five animals here known as 'the big 5'. They are elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino. If you see the big 5 it is considered that you have had a very successful safari. So far we have seen elephants, lions, leopards and buffalo so we are hoping to see rhinos tomorrow.

As we drove back to Ngorogoro Crater we stopped at 5pm to celebrate the Australian New Year with a count down and champagne. We danced and celebrated on the Serengeti with wildebeast and zebras in the background much to the amusement of safari trucks passing by who stopped to make sure we were not broken down.

By the time we reached Ngorogoro Crater it was raining heavily. I was very relieved to be lodging rather than camping as the tents had to be set up in the rain as it was getting dark quickly. The girls backpacks, sleeping mats and sleeping bags all got wet.

Adam then drove Leonie, Tania, Sandy, Emma and I along the crater to the Ngorogoro Wildlife Lodge. Emma is joining us for the night as she is really unwell at the moment and not up to sleeping out in the cold wet weather. The drive was pretty scary as it was very dark, the windscreen was fogged up, the road was narrow and extremely muddy/slippery and the bottom of the crater was a very long way down!

We didn't arrive at the Lodge until 8:30pm so we had dinner and are now going to bed. I am glad we celebrated the Australian New Years as there is no way I would be able to stay awake tonight.

Tomorrow we are heading down into the crater and then we will head home. If we have time we will be stopping at a Maasai village on the way home.

I am missing you guys heaps! Love you <3

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