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Home » Articles » Destinations » Africa » Ngorongoro: a place that redeems all ugliness in the world
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Ngorongoro: a place that redeems all ugliness in the world
Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-08-10 02:01:34 (via travelrats.blogspot.com)
Shaking and growling, the vehicle trudges its way up on the bumpy dirt road to the rim of the crater. The “Crater access road” sign, scribbled with red paint on a wooden board appears out of the morning fog for a brief moment...
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Submitted by lisa on 2008-08-11 06:46:31
wow. inspirational.
can you visit the crater all year round and can you do it by yourself without a guide?
I'm a bit skeptical about guides, they are very likely to scam you.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-08-11 14:12:34
Tanzania is an amazing country and well worth a visit if you stay off the main tourist paths;.
We took a two day safari with a company based in Moshi and Arusha. Although the safari seemed expensive at first ($300 a head) it was well worth it. We headed off very early on the first day from our campsite in moshi where we were picked up by Ashante and headed off towards Lake Manyara. We then reached the campsite provided by the company at around miday and set up and ate the provided lunch rounf the pool. After lunch we then headed off to the gate of the national park around haldf an hour away. It was about 15 minutes from the main gates that we began to see the wild life. Massive heards of baboons, giraffe, water hogs, zebra, buffalo,elephants, a brimming hippo pool, gazzelle, impalla, colobus monkeys to name but a few. On the second day at Ngorongoro we saw all of the above (bar giraffes due to them not being able to get into the crater) plus lions, black rhino, and hyennas.
Many people say it is not worth paying a company but our guides were extremely helpful and were able to tell you everything about the parks and animals.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-08-15 08:24:29
personnaly, i dont think it would be safe wothout a tour guide... they know the best routes and can reccomend the best camp sites if you plan on doing a multi day trek..i travelled over tanzania for a month, visiting many towns and hiking through the ugzungo mountains. a great asset to this was the tour organisation sisi kwa sisi, they are based in mangula, their english is exceptional and they are lovely people...
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