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Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area reviews

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“Start out as early as possible and avoid the queues at the gate” - Wanderlust

All of the big five, but crowded!

Views: 484 Visited: Jan 2008 Reviewed: May 07, 2013

I was really excited to see Ngorongoro Crater. It's a World Heritage site and gets so many accolades. The first thing I noticed about the crater is how crowded it is. Firstly, there are a finite amount of lodges on the crater rim. We stayed at the Serena Lodge and felt like cattle. Not special in the least. The next day, we were up early and headed down into the crater. The park opens at 7, I think, and there's only one entrance, so we wanted to be one of the first to get through the gate. There was still a queue when we arrived and it took a good 45 minutes to get through. Once we got to the crater bottom it was a pleasure to see the zebra and flamingos and warthogs. But, due to the large masses of people who pass through this confined area, the animals were not scared of the vehicles. The warthogs were so close I could have taken one home with me. It was not like the Serengeti and I was a bit sad. The highlight was definitely seeing some rhinos and the black-maned lions. Oh, and the view over the crater rim from our hotel. Amazing!

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