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Old Mar 17, 2012, 7:42 PM   #1
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Leaving Lake Manyara, we continued on to the Norongoro Crater where we would spend two nights at the Serena Norongoro Lodge.

Norongoro crater is the largest unfolded caldera in the world. It was formed by both volcanic and great rift movement. 25 million years ago a huge lava lake formed and a volcano grew atop it. The volcano eventually was as large as Mt. Kilimanjaro. When the tectonic plates began to separate (The Great Rift) the lava lake drained back into the earth’s core and the weight of the Mt. caused it to sink into the ground forming the caldera that is now Norongoro Crater.

Norongoro Crater has an area of 100 sq (260Sq KM) miles . Its rim is 1,200 – 1,600 feet off its floor. Some think that it was the original Garden of Eden where mankind began. Today it is home to the Animals and the Maasai people. It has the largest population of Black Rhinoceros (20 individuals) in Africa. They are guarded by armed rangers 24 hrs. a day. Another 12 individuals are in Serengeti NP.


Taken from a roadside overlook


This 8 shot hand held Pano was taken from the porch outside our room.


This Pano was taken on the floor of the caldera.


Maasai welcoming committee.


Our Room


The lodge was built on the rim of the crater.


Our Safari vehicles were 8 passenger Toyota Land Cruisers.


Grants Gazelle


Mother and child Zebra


Wildebeast


Warthog saying his prayers


Hyena

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A pool of Hippos.


Give me a shoulder to lean on!


Lions resting in the shade at mid-day.


Lioness on the prowl.




This is how close they get to our vehicles.


Cape Buffalo.




Our first of many elephant sightings.






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Wow now this is what I expected to see when you said Africa, very nice shots. Now your room well that was not what I was expecting, that also is very nice. Looks like you got nice and close

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Wonderful series! What an incredible trip, I sure wish I could go instead of traveling vicariously through your pictures.

My favorite is the zebra foal - I've never seen one before. They are SO cute, all fuzzy.
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Another amazing series Lou. Your room in the lodge looks delightful. All photos are excellent but I am especially fond of the one with the elephant and the zebra.
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Great views, amazing wildlife photos, and fine accommodations too! Thanks for sharing.
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Trip of a lifetime. You were able to take some wonderful pictures.
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Spectacular. Great experience and wonderful photos to remember the trip by. I've started talking to my wife about making a trip over there. We'll see how that goes but not much resistance .. yet LoL
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What a great series of photos! I liked them all, and appreciated the views of the caldera (especially after having visited Yellowstone last summer).
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Wow, amazing series.
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