We decided to postpone our 2020 photographic safari to the Southern Serengeti for the great migration from the month of February to March. This was done primarily to avoid the large crowds of people especially in Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This year the rains have been very abundant throughout East Africa so on one side I was eager to see the plains lush and green, differently from the past two years which had been very dry. On the other side however I was afraid of the challenges of moving around with the very wet soil.
We started as usual from the great Ngorongoro crater. Welcoming us immediately on the way down was a gorgeous Lioness overlooking the crater and in the plains immediately below, a buffalo bull with enormous horns, only once had I seen before such a magnificent specimen.
As usual Ngorongoro offered magnificent opportuities to photograph wildlife with the amazing backdrop of the crater walls. In this case, these two Elephants sparring were our subject.
The next morning we were back in the crater as usual way before sunrise, taking advantage of our lodge located very close to the descent route. Many areas of the crater were not accessible due to abundant water, and the grass was long in most areas. We had more great sightings of wildlife in the habitat, one of the main features of photography in the Ngorongoro.
I had never seen the lake so full as it was this time. Truly an amazing spectacle. Not far from its shores, a Zebra had just given birth to her calf. We had some great moments and interactions with them.
Probably the highlight of the two days in the crater was the sudden appearence of a coalition of five male Lions walking through the grass, across the road to go to sleep on the lake shore. A truly magnificent sight. The Lions were probably about four-years old, just approaching their prime. They crossed the gulley parallel to the road just ahead of us and slowly walked down. The backdrop of the crater made the whole scene even more majestic.
We then headed out towards Ndutu after lunch, crossing some of the most majestic sceneries in Africa, the Ol Duvai gorge full of water like I have never seen it, and the endless plains filled with Wildebeests. We encountered a single Cheetah trying invain to hunt on the way to the lodge.0