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Day 12 - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Today is our last safari day, we have mixed feelings about this.  We left our camp this morning and headed to the Ngorongoro Crater which used to be a volcanoe which has collapsed and is now a crater.  The animals roam around the floor of the crater.  The landscape was again different, this time there are very little trees and very very short grasses.  Because the grasses are so low we can smell the animal poop and it's not hidden where as it had been in the the other parks.  Today we are on the hunt for our last of the big five - the rare black rhino.  They were mostly killed off by poachers so there are only about 30 in the entire park.  Within an hour we found two!  They were at quite a distance but that's ok, we've seen all we wanted.  We also saw hundreds of flamingos in the water and ate lunch near a lake filled with hippos rolling around (you don't do that very often I must say).  At one point we were surrounded by hundreds of zebras which was pretty cool too.  Our lodge tonight is  on a coffee plantation ...our own little majestic bungalow with real walls, no more tents for us!  The grounds are very green and picturesque.  The safaris get pretty dusty so we're covered with dirt (the bucket water showers didn't quite have enough pressure as you can imagine and I didnt dare wash my hair in it) so we quite enjoyed the nice long hot showers.  I havent really mentioned
 the weather since we've been here.  The days are mostly nice with sun and around 22, but the mornings and nights have been chilly,  like 12 degrees which we were not prepared for and didn't quite pack accordingly.  The nights aren't so bad since Tyler keeps the house that cold in the winter so I guess I'm used to it.   But the mornings are quite cold so every morning at breakfast I eat in my raincoat and Tyler has been wearing the same long sleeved shirt for the past week.   One morning he ate breakfast in a tshirt and we felt that people are probably looking at us thinking "look at those dumb canadians in their tshirts" :(.  We are looking forward to the heat in Zanzibar.  Since this is the end of of safari I thought I'd mention a few things we learned about the various animals.
-Ostriches are very loyal to each other, they are monogamous (only 1 partner) and if the female dies, the male will not hook up with any other ostrich for the rest of his life
-Flamingos are born white but turn pink from the algae they eat 
-Hippos poo by swirling their tails and the poo goes flying, they are also the animal responsible for the most human deaths in Tanzania 
-Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their neck as humans 
-wildabeast are dumb animals, they don't have very good eyesight so they stick around zebras who have very good eyesight
- warthogs can't really bend there necks to eat grass so they have to bend at the knees
-zebras all have a different pattern of stripe, like a fingerprint

Posted by tanyatyler 22:05 Archived in Tanzania

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Very neat! I didn't think it got that cold there...
I knew those hippos were up to no good, good to know you were able to shower and yes the bucket sounds like a bad hair day disaster;)

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