Finding our Pride in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

When I think of a crater, I think of a giant hole in the ground full of rocks. Unexpectedly, the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania ended up being the exact opposite!

The great hole in the ground was filled with lush grass, free flowing wildflowers, and ponds of water that have grown on top of the crater’s remains over thousands of years. This growth has sparked an abundance of wildlife that have find their home in the wide open space of Ngorongoro.

As we descended into the crater, we could see differing species all coming together to graze and relax under the sun. It was the epitome of the circle of life.

While we were there, we had the privilege of seeing the first few minutes of a impalas life. I have never seen a freshly born animal before and it was so cute to watch it try to walk while the mom stood on guard and alert for any incoming predators. We also saw a lazy emu who just decided to sit on the road regardless of the cars trying to pass, and zebras that were so social they decided to walk beside our car as we zigzagged through the depths of the crater (Brandon was really brave and stuck his hand out to touch the zebra!).

Even though witnessing all that wildlife was incredible, the most mesmerizing thing we spotted in the Ngorongoro Crater was the pride of lions.

Finding this pride of lions was the icing on the cake for our Safari, especially for Brandon as lions are his favourite animal. The Pride had about 30 lions, all of differing ages, and all doing differing things. One lioness even fell asleep under a Safari car essentially trapping the family that was in the car there until she decided to move.

There is nothing quite like seeing a big group of the rulers of the animal kingdom rolling around like the laziest things you’ve ever seen. I always thought that lions were consistently on the prowl for their next meal–this is completely false. During the day, they mostly did nothing, just looked cool.

Seeing Brandon’s joy as we found the pride of lions is a memory I will carry for the rest of my life. I hope that one day, I will have the opportunity to have the same joy upon seeing my favourite animal– a unicorn ;)!

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