The amazing thing about the crater is that almost all animals are in there, and it is fairly open with not a lot of thick bush to hide them. So you see everything out in the open. There are no giraffes or leopards, but we saw them in the Serengeti so it wasn't a problem. We really had an excellent few hours driving around inside seeing great game. Here's a sample:
We found a cheetah on our way to the crater. There were actually 3 but they were hard to see in the tall grass (thanks to so much rain this season). This one was peeking up, and then went back to sleep.
And some lounging lions on our way out of Serengeti.
Also on our way to the crater, thousands of wildebeest!
Also on our way to the crater, "na na nee boo boo".
The crater from above.
Driving 600 meters down.
We saw this old man on our way down.
He was trying to cross the street so had to go in front of this truck. So close!
Lots of buffalo.
(is it a gaggle or a flock of ostrich?)
Trying to look out from the inside.
With a baby hyena! First time seeing a cub, and definitely the most hyena we've ever seen.
We ate lunch (in our truck) by a small lake with this guy and his friends.
And the moment you've all been waiting for, rhinos! There were 4 in the distance and we watched them walk closer and closer for quite some time, just eating all the way. Awesome!
Then we drove back up to our lodge. All of these rooms look down into the crater.