We first passed by the crater (in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) on our way from Tarangire National Park to the Serengeti National Park. The road passes by an overlook where you can see the vast extent of the crater.
This is what one of the herds look like from the rim of the crater.
The Shy Rhino…
Unfortunately, this was the best view we got of a rhinoceros. He (she?) was sitting down a half a mile away from us in the hazy morning sun, mooning us.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
After three nights in tents, we spent the night before visiting the crater at the Serena Ngorongoro Lodge on the rim of the crater, a top of the line hotel.