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After we left the Serengeti National Park we headed for the Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is part of the Serengeti Ecosystem, SE of and bordering the Serengeti National Park. It is an area of highlands with its highest point 3,700m above sea level. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of nine craters and calderas in the conservation area. In actual fact the Ngorongoro Crater is a caldera (collapsed crater) and not an actual crater as such. Before its collapse it is said to have been 4,587m above sea level, still not as high as Mt Kilimanjaro at 5,895m.

We stayed in a lodge on the crater rim with spectacular views and spent a day on the crater floor viewing a wide variety of wildlife. The floor is roughly elliptical in shape, 21km x 18km.

There are thought to be about 1300 Grant’s Gazelle in the Ngorongoro Crater. Numbers fluctuate with the seasons, as many of them migrate. Commonly, males battle for supremacy in the herd by locking horns. I don’t think either of these two were serious and were just making a ritualistic posture.

ISO200, FL180mm,

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