In the hollow of a circular wall, at 2300 m of altitude, the Caldera of the Ngorongoro composes an exceptional landscape, this former hearth of volcano sheltering today an incredible fauna. All the animal world in concentrate, with lake, river, forest, savannah, overhung by some lodges … Simply sublime!
It does not move an inch. He has like a giant fish with his mouth open, immense, his lips in a circle, and – good patience! – it is now two and a half years that he expects to swallow the sky. Often, in the early morning, for lack of having caught the vault and its stars, it is content to receive in the hollow of its throat of pales skeins of mist, which, at the stroke of ten hours, do not fail to emerge at last from their too short night. They leave behind them a universe in halves, a mastic-colored soil, a grass with blue reflections, a lake with pink accents … There is a world of glass elegance, diaphanous, in the hollow of a decapitated dome to 2300 meters high, as skillfully carved as an egg at shell. A wonder placed in a case, protected by the abrupt wall that surrounds it. In fact, a true rampart, 600 meters high, perfectly circular, bristling of protective trees, in tight rows, which release the guard only at the bottom, on the flat, once reached this cake of another era. In the summer, the steppe here all the colors of gold. It says in the books that with a diameter of 20 kilometers and an area of 260 km2, the caldera of Ngorongoro is the largestof the world. This is not complete.It is especially one of the most fabulous kingdoms of wildlife, and for animals, the most resembling address of paradise on earth.
It is by the thousands that they concentrate there, there are at least one hundred per km2, and if the sorrow of men sometimes regrets this affluence,It is not tomorrow the day before that the animals will go to see elsewhere … Not that it would be impossible for them to climb to get out of the basin, but they have everything Savannah, forest, rivers, fresh water, salt water … in the rainy season, the trees
Store the ambient humidity for them, but they never fail to restore it to them later, when comes the hot blow … A freshness under the sun, and always enough to graze, that speaks of transhumance? … Puddles in branches, and year-round, there remain here some 400 species of birds, and, on the ground, at least 25 000 mammals … For having crossed a bit between some lions seem to have a slight grain, but it is in this arena as in men, the more one is mad, the more one laughs, a zest of madness disturbs no one, neither the buffaloes, the hippos, the elephants, nor the royal cranes. Which, by the way, have a strange trick in the cap!
At the top of the ridge, like so many nests of eagles, four lodges watch day and night on this Eden.Four-and not one more now, since the Ngorongoro was inscribed on the World Heritage of Unesco in 1980, is that it is thus become inconstructible, only four to be able to dive of all their bays on the wonder And to offer their guests the speechless spectacle of a morning of the world …Below, a handful of egrets advanced with a sharp step into the marshes of Mandusi; It is at Seneto Springs that zebras and wildebeests readily leave in bands; And it is at dawn, in the trembling blur of a damp mirage, that the water brackish lake of Makadi Lake is tinged with both green algae and flamingos … Soon, the clouds now flying over their forests of shadows. But the Conservation Area of Ngorongoro (8288 km2) is not just the crater of the ancient volcano, although it is probably the tourist lighthouse of Tanzania …On the spot, on the back of hills, live first more than 50 000Masaïs, authorized here as in any reserve to graze their herds, while in the valley the plantations of maize, rice, bananas, coffee or of flowers … The assembly component an atmosphere a colonial nothing, as magnified by a few addresses of a supreme elegance …
From old farmhouses around the Conservation Area, converted into luxurious lodges – often very luxurious! of these places which one immediately tells oneself that they tell a story. And it is true that they tell of it. At everybody at least that of nostalgia, of a time that is not so distant and seems to have flowed only at the rhythm of the seasons, if not without clashes, without the bad taste of opposing at any moment the ordering of things , and it is certainly what best inspires these delightful mansions abroad: the unexpected pleasure of finally taking its time.
Where to sleep in Ngorongoro?
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Serengeti Serene Safari Lodge
The Highlands Asilia Africa
Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
Karatu Simba Lodge
Ngorongoro Farm House
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