We checked in to the Sopa Lodge and we all immediately admired the stunning view because the hotel sits right on the rim of the crater! We all turned in early in anticipation for our descent into the crater in the morning.
November 14, 2011 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park
We descended into the crater with our boxed breakfast and boxed lunch. Right off the bat we saw a beautiful male lion soaking up some sun on a hill, how amazing with the morning sun shining on him!
Then we spotted the Rhino we were hoping to see, he was quite a distance away but we could enjoy him with the binoculars.
We saw thousands of flamingos here and it was definitely quite a sight to see an area covered in pink.
A little while later we spotted a lion in a tree and this is where we enjoyed our breakfast, what a great morning so far!
We loved this mom lioness with her cub, they were so cute!
We continued our game drive in the crater and we were lucky enough to see another Rhino eating, and again it was at a distance but we still enjoyed watching with the binoculars.
Here’s a few more photos of the animals we enjoyed viewing. After 5 1/2 hours in the crater, we made our way to the rim.
On our way to the Serengeti, we stopped at Ol’duvai (pronounced Ol’dupai) Gorge – the cradle of mankind. This is where the oldest hominid footprints were found, and it’s the oldest evidence of mankind’s evolution. We spent some time looking in the museum and then made a mad dash to reach the park gate of the Serengeti by 2:15. Modi sure can drive!
We made it by 2:15pm to the Serengeti National Park gate and spent the rest of the afternoon game driving to our next tented camp. We saw these beautiful giraffes along the way.
We stopped at a great viewpoint that showcased the vastness of the Serengeti.
I was fascinated with the Zebras and loved watching this baby.
We were excited to see a part of the great migration, it’s one of the reasons we chose to visit during the month of November.
The scenery was beautiful!
We saw so many lions on this day!
As the sun started to set, a lion high up on a rock looks out over the Serengeti.
Another incredible day in Africa!
After we check in to our tented camp, we are briefed by the hot air balloon representative for our balloon safari tomorrow morning-OMG we have to get up at 4:00 am…
Where we stayed: Sopa Lodge 👍