Safari day 4
We woke up at 5 and had a cup of coffee while we packed the tents and our bags to head out. We were heading down into the crater by 530 and on our way down watched as the clouds moved slowly up the crater walls. They were illuminated by the sun with so many beautiful colors.
The air was cool and fresh and dewy, the coffee was hot and strong, and the world was quiet. It was so peaceful.
Once we got into the crater Deo immediately broke away from the group and headed out along the crater wall. The animals were so quiet, there was not much movement except for grazing wildebeest, zebras, antelopes, birds and a few jackals.
Deo told us that this is the only place in Tanzania that has Rhinos. 50 years ago rhinos were scattered throughout all of the Tanzanian national parks but were poached so heavily that by 1990 there was only 6 rhinos in the whole of Tanzania.
The Tanzanian government decided that something should be done, so they bought 5 rhinos from South Africa and placed them in the Ngorogoro crater. They have full time park rangers with heavy duty automatic guns who know exactly where every rhino in the park is at all times and watch of them so closely. They have an extremely hard time reproducing because of the females cycle, so it has become quite the difficult task to bring them back to Tanzania. But it has been fairly successful and the population harps grown from 6 to 19 since 1990.
The rhinos are the hardest of all of the animals to find because they are so rare, they rarely come by the roads and sometimes don’t even show themselves. He said, they rely most heavily on their sense of smell because their eyes are so bad. So when the wind starts blowing they get nervous because they can’t smell and just lay down in the bush, which makes them almost impossible to find.
Within the two days prior to our arrival in Ngorogoro, no safari vehicle had seen the rhinos. But luckily for us we got an intercom that the rhinos were trying to cross the road. So Deo took off.he was flying thigh the crater to go see them. Up ahead we could see the other trucks on the same mission as us… Deo said, “look, very close to the road.” We were so excited thinking it would be like the lions or leopard we saw.
He came to a stop next to the other cars and said look… We looked to the left and there about half a mile away was two tiny specks… The rhinos?
We kind of lauded but said what ever, can’t have everything. We observed the rhinos through the binoculars for about 10 minutes hoping they would decide to come towards the road. Instead they panicked and ran away whereby everyone lost sight of them. But we saw them nonetheless and we were excited about that!
We then journey over one of the water marshes and had a beautiful breakfast outside of the truck completely surrounded and a part of nature and animals. It was amazing.
Then we headed out of the park to our final destination, Tarengire National Park.
Tarengire is the national park with the largest population of African Elephants in the world. We spent the day within reach of elephants all over the park. We observed their behavior and watched them in their most natural state. It was such an amazing thing to see, elephants are just incredible animals.
Tarengire marked the last day of our safari and thus the end of our African adventure. We drove out of the park and to a city called Arusha. Arusha is the biggest tourist city because that is where most people fly in to either climb Mt Kilimanjaro and start a safari. We stayed in a backpackers so that we could wake up early and take our last bus trip back to Dar Es Salaam where we would then catch our flight home. Stories home will be in the last post before you are brought up to live!
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