Jules was excited to write about our lion encounter in Ngoronogoro, but I wanted to share a bit more about the place. We stayed at the Serena Lodge which was perched at the edge of the crater. It was a beautiful old lodge with gorgeous wood and stonework. The views were just insane. We loved seeing the sunsets and sunrises over the crater. We also saw a water buck (large deer like animal) crossing just feet from our balcony. We enjoyed the big buffet breakfasts and dinners, and I got a massage after our game drive, which was a treat.
The other cool thing they had each night was entertainment. The first night we got to see people from the Masai tribe do some dancing. The second night they had musicians and acrobats. It was very impressive!
The crater itself was gorgeous – so lush and green! All full of awesome animals. We saw 2 black rhinos, but only from far away. Saw elephants, zebras, wildebeests, water buffalo, hippos, warthogs, cranes, ostriches, gazelles and as Jules wrote about, lions! No giraffes down in the crater because they can’t get up or down the steep hills.