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Images from the Ngorongoro 'Crater'

The Ngorongoro Crater is not actually a crater, but is, in fact, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It was an active volcano about eight million years ago, but its cone collapsed, forming the caldera which is 20km in diameter and over 600m deep.

Lion dozing
Zebras fighting
Much zebra fighting consists of biting, but the canine teet are in the wrong place to slash or stab.
Bull Elephant
Only big bull elephants are found in the caldera, usually in the lerai forest area.
View down into the caldera
The view of the floor of the 'crater' from the rim
Stuck Truck
Stuck truck!
We had been looking at two huge African pythons coiled round each other, but when we realised we couldn't get a real photographic view, we decided to move on. There was a great concentration of vehicles at the spot, because the pythons were spectacularly large, so we only had a limited space in which to move. Then it turned out that what looked like a small puddle was steep and deep!
Fortunately, the aggregation of vehicles provided us with lots of cheerful help from the other drivers, and we were soon on our way again.
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