Ngorongoro Crater: Way Beyond the Rim

In Tanzania’s Ngrorongoro Crater, we saw some things that to us were absolutely incredible…

…but to the Crater itself, were just part of the neighborhood.

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Ngorongoro Crater: Survival of the Fittest

In order to visit the legendary national park at Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, you’re required by law to be accompanied by an official safari guide.

This is a brilliant idea — for three reasons:

1) While someone else does the driving, you can both concentrate on the incredible scenery.

2) An expert guide can put all the amazing things you’ll see into a historical, geological and zoological context.

3) Someone will have your back if a lion strolls into the public bathroom…while you’re using it.

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Africa’s Amazing Hobbit Shire

Outside our room at Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Where’s the best placed you’ve ever stayed?

Here, I’ll give you a minute to think…and then I’ll top it.

The best place we’ve ever stayed is northwest Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, an African fantasy with a flourish of chandeliers and zebras to mow the lawn. Since I left it seven months ago, I’ve thought about it every single day.

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Africa: Turns Out, It’s Really There

On safari with And Beyond in Botswana's Okavango Delta

So, you know how some places in the world just seem theoretical — even imaginary — until you actually go there?

Well, that’s how I felt about Africa for much of my life. Until now.

Having now seen a few corners of the continent for ourselves — largely in Botswana and Tanzania — we’re happy to report that while Africa is truly vast, it’s far from unknowable.

In fact, we’ve fallen so much in love that I dare say we’ve left a bit of our hearts behind.

Hope to go get ’em back someday.

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