Images by Phil... and June
Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara... 2008

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania... 2008

The Norongoro Crater is a National Wildlife Park in Tanzania. The Crater, was formed when a giant volcano exploded and then later collapsed into itself, is 2,001 ft. (610 m) deep and its floor covers 102 square miles (260 km).

Some estimates of the height of the original volcano range from fifteen to nineteen thousand feet (4500 to 5800 metres) high. Ngorongoro is home for a wide variety of migratory birds, including flamingo, and the Long-crested Eagle.

It boasts the largest concentration of the Big Five in Africa. We saw one the largest herds of Zebra and Wildabeest we had ever seen, second only to Serengeti Plains migration we witnessed in 2004.

We were at Ngorongoro Crater for two days, leaving there for the wildlife reserve of Lake Manyara.

Lake Manyara Photo Gallery

Lake Manyara is a rather shallow freshwater lake in Tanzania. It is home to a diverse landscape and an abundance of wildlife.

The name, "Manyara" comes from the Maasai word, Emanyara, which is their name for a species of plant which they plant and train to grown into a fence-like hedge around a family homestead. It affords pretty good protection from wild animals for families and their livestock.