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August 16, 2003

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Kjell's first safari, a Swahili word for 'journey,' happens in the Ngorongoro Crater. The views from the 600m (1968ft) tall crater rim are spectacular but the real treasure lies on its 20km (12.4mi)-wide floor. Scientists believe a million years ago a volcanic mountain, the tallest in Africa, collapsed on itself to form the crater. The word Ngorongoro means "cattle bell," named for the local Masai tribespeople who tend their cattle and keep grazing rights along the crater's edge.
Breakfast at the crater.
Wildebeest not sure what to make of us.
Kjell's first rhino - so what if it is 3 miles away?
Lioness stalking her prey. We watched her creep along until she disappeared in the tall grass.
Blacksmith Plover and Hyena sunning on the mud of Lake Magadi, the soda lake on the floor of the crater.