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It’s been months since our trip to Tanzania, and we still talk about it just about every day. I can’t say enough what an amazing place it was, and if you would like to read the rest of my Tanzania posts, please visit my Travel Blog page.

One of our stops on our trip was at the Cultural Heritage Centre in Arusha. The Centre is a really cool space full of art and information on Tanzanian culture. We toured the property on our own, taking in arts and crafts, animal sculptures, dishes, jewelry, antiques, and beautiful grounds. We also had the opportunity to do some shopping for arts and crafts as well as the rare gem Tanzanite, something I regret not buying as it will soon be gone.

It wasn’t quite as exciting as camping in the Serengeti, but this was still a really worthwhile stop and one I enjoyed. Tanzania is full of beauty, in its landscape, its people, and its arts and culture. and the Centre is a wonderful glimpse into that.

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Sandwiched in between our wild stay at Maramboi Tented Camp and camping in the Serengeti was the lush mountain retreat of Ngorogoro Farm House. We arrived at Ngorogoro Farm House after our dusty, hot morning with the Maasai, and a green tropical garden area set with lunch and wine was a welcome site.  This lodge emanated relaxation, and we did well to enjoy pool time, a long nap, sundowner cocktails and snacks, and live entertainment by an open fire. Our cabins were spacious and simple, with comfy beds, located down a long walk surrounded by flowers and gorgeous views. The property contained an organic farm where much of the delicious food was sourced from. Made-to-order stir fries at dinner combined local flavors and ingredients to make healthy, filling fare.

Staff at the lodge was incredible, as was the staff everywhere we stayed in Tanzania. Everyone went out of their way to take excellent care of us and made us feel at home. We only had one night at the Ngorogoro Farm House, but I would love to return to spend several days, lie by the pool, take the garden tour, and spend more time in the schools in Karatu. If you couldn’t tell from my past posts, Tanzania has a special hold on my heart. Thank you for letting me share that with you.

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From spending a morning in a Maasai village to camping in the Serengeti and seeking out elephants in Tarangire, our trip to Tanzania was full of adventure and nonstop learning. Our last game drive of the trip brought us down into Ngorogoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera (formed by the collapse of a volcano), is recognized by one private organization as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

When we left the Serengeti that morning, it was dry, dusty, and hot. We all had dust in our eyes and noses and all over our clothes, roads were bumpy, mouths were dry. That all changed when we descended into the crater. It was truly like being in a different world!

The Ngorogoro Crater was cool, lush, with soft air that felt a little misty. It was also incredibly peaceful. The feeling I had when there is hard to explain; it’s a very special place in nature that is not to be missed on a trip to Tanzania.


The crater was absolutely full of wildlife like impalas, zebras, wildebeests, ostriches, warthogs, and hyenas. The strange thing here was that the animals seemed much calmer than the animals in the Serengeti and Tarangire. They didn’t run away or exhibit fear. In fact, they played about, as though they were putting on a show for us. The animals in Ngorogoro get so close that we were warned not to try to pet them if they approached the jeep.

zebras in Ngorogoro

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Ngorogoro Crater is known for its old tuskers, elderly elephants who, on their last set of teeth (They get six in a lifetime!) who come here to eat the lush, soft grass. It’s much easier on their teeth because it contains much more water than the vegetation in other areas.

Here in Ngorogoro we also saw an extremely rare rhino. It’s heartbreaking what poachers are doing in Africa. . .

elephant in Ngorogoro Crater


Everything about Ngorogoro Crater felt so relaxed and laid back, including our lunch alongside a beautiful lake that was filled with hippos. The sunshine and air felt amazing, everyone was in good spirits; it was one of my favorite moments of the trip.

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sleeping lionThe drive out of the crater brought more wildlife like this sleepy lion. It also brought amazing views and some steep roads with huge cliff drops. It was exhilarating to  stand on the safari jeep seats with the top open, looking at all of the beautiful greenery and admiring the gorgeous valley below.

Ngorogoro Crater

Ngorogoro Crater


Ngorogoro Crater was what I would picture the Garden of Eden to look and feel like. It was a magical place that I would love to visit again. The Crater Lodge might be out of my budget, what with its rooms that cost thousands per night, but it is most certainly on my luxury travel bucket list!

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