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Day 8 – Olduvai Gorge Crater Visit and Drive to Ngorongoro Crater

Waking up at the Serenera Wildlife Lodge, we saw lots of animals before we even had breakfast.  When we opened the sliding door we had a blue monkey jump down on the balcony railing outside our room – we were very lucky he did not come in.  We later heard that monkeys do sometimes go into rooms and take things like cameras and wallets – never to be seen again.  We saw a hyena, jackals and of course the hyrax which are the little critters that look a bit like a cross between a big hamster on steroids and a rat with no tail.

As always, whenever we stopped at the entrance and exits to the National Parks..we always found time to shop.  Trina and Stacey showing off their newly purchased shirts with Augustine.  

This was a long drive day – lots of African Massage roads!  But of course we saw lots of awesome sights along the way.  We saw eagles, hyenas, hartebeest, baboons on a kopje.  BUT a few highlights were a pride of lions that were migrating.  Just walking out in the middle of the Serengeti.  It was really cool.  Then we came across some very active zebras and wildebeest as they were also migrating…running/jumping across the road and very vocal. Check out the video below as well as pictures in the slideshow. 

 

 

We stopped at the Old Dubai Gorge which is known for being the ‘origin of man’  based on archeologist finds here.  We took time to look through the small museum and we were given a talk from one of the folks there.  Seems that the valley here has some unique volcanic activities which preserved the history of the area for millions of years which told a story of how man evolved over time developing the ability to think and make tools. 

 

 We left the gorge and made the drive up to the far rim of the crater where we got to our lodge early around 4:30pm.  We were staying at the Sopa Lodge which is very beautiful and come to find out a place where our naturalist had once worked for year just after his secondary school (high school).

Travel to Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge

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Ngorogoro Crater - Sopa Lodge

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