Ngorongoro Crater

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The Ngorongoro Crater is a World Heritage Site situated at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. The crater is the largest unbroken ancient caldera in the world. Nearly three million years old, the once-volcanic Ngorongoro is now considered “Africa’s Garden of Eden” – a haven for thousands of wild game. Before it exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, it was one of the world’s tallest mountains. The crater measures about 12 miles across and covers over 100 square miles. The rim is 2,000 feet above the crater floor.

The Mobile Tented Camp (up on the rim) was very comfortable. It was very cool in the evening despite being just south of the equator. A fleece and blankets definitely were in order! A&K set the camp up for this trip and then packed it away after we left. There was a separate Dining/Lounge tent. Our individual tents had a "front porch" and indoor plumbing. The shower was gravity fed from a large container on a post outside the tent. They heated the water on a wood or propane stove and then poured it in the elevated container when you were ready. Running water in a sink was similar. Now this was "camping"!

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