Keep an eye on your Lunch!
The lunch stop site in the crater is beside a small lake and has toilet and cooking facilities. As there is a constant stream of visitors coming through there is also a plentiful food supply for enterprising and brave birds (Kites). The Kites will dive down and try to grab your lunch! This can be rather surprising for those who are not prepared.
Hawks! Watch your lunch!
African hawk (Accipiter tachiro)
I cruelly was robed by African Hawks at picknic place of Ngoro-Ngoro!
Usual place for lunch at Ngoro-Ngoro is a lakeside of "Hippo-Pool" with one lonely standing tree. I've found it strange that there were 4 hawks sitting on it (usually bird of prey live alone). But after I took off my lunch from daypack, I understood the matter ...
Just slow whine of wind ... and fried chicken simply dissapeared from my hand. :(
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Keep an open mind!
As our driver said before we started, it's important not to go to Ngorongoro, or any other safari area, with the attitude that you absolutely 'must' see a certain animal. After all, the animals are in the wild, not in the zoo, and they don't perform on schedule. We were remarkably lucky with the array of wildlife we saw, but if we had visited a day later we might have seen an entirely different variety of animals, and we hope we would have been equally as happy!
watch your lunch - Birds of Prey!
We made a pause at a nice smaller lake in the Ngorongoro. Having lunch there is quite an experience, because you actually have to protect it (and yourself) of the birds there.
We have been warned that they tend to snatch away what you are eating on the way to your mouth. And they really try that!
Better to stay close to the car - and eat fast!
If you want to know whether you are where these birds are: there is a tree with the skull of a Gnu lying at its roots.
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And YOU can be Masai too.
Wild creatures do not have the area entirely to themselves, as there are many families of the Masai tribe living in and around the crater. The Masai are pastoralists, having made the rearing and caring of their cattle their whole way of life. They seldom, if ever, hunt the game of the crater, except perhaps to protect their herds from predators.
But young Masai warriors who want to marry have been known to impress their girl friends by hunting lions with only spears. The Masai do not fear the lions, the lions fear the Masai and run away at the sight of Masai warriors armed only with spears.
You can be Masai too. You can dress like Masai, you can dance-jump like Masai. But don't try to impress Masai girls...