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Safari Down Time

After our amazing accomplishment of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania it was time to rest our bodies and enjoy some down time! So, what better way to do that than take in a few safaris and truly enjoy the beauty Africa has to offer.

Over two days the team from Sheep Dog visited Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. We experienced so much!!! Below are a few images of what we saw.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The national park is located in Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park.

The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, always, there is water.

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater, extinct volcanic caldera in the Eastern (Great) Rift Valley, northern Tanzania. The caldera measures between 10 and 12 miles across and has an area of 102 square miles. Its heavily forested rim rises 2,000 feet above the caldera’s floor to an elevation of 7,500 feet. Ngorongoro is thought to have formed about 2.5 million years ago from a large active volcano whose cone collapsed inward after a major eruption, leaving the present vast, unbroken caldera as its chief remnant.

The caldera’s floor is predominantly open grassland. It is home to a diverse array of animals including elephants, black rhinoceroses, leopards, buffalo, zebras, warthogs, gnu (wildebeests), Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, and the densest population of lions in the world. The local Masai people also graze their livestock in the crater. Lake Magadi, a shallow soda lake ringed by extinct volcanoes, is renowned as a habitat for great flocks of pink flamingos.

Tarangire National Park: Giraffe

Tarangire National Park: Giraffes

Tarangire National Park: Elephant

Tarangire National Park: Baby elephant nursing

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: Elephants

Tarangire National Park: Lioness

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: Female ostrich (hen)

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: Jackal

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: Hamerkop

Tarangire National Park: Young male impala

Tarangire National Park: Lilac-breasted roller

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: Hippos and Cape buffalo

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: Elands

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: Zebras

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: Lions


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