Black Rhinoceros – Endangered
After our break we keep going .The highlight for us was seeing the endangered black Rhino. They were quite far off but we had a pretty good look with our binoculars. They are the reason many come to the crater. At the beginning of the 20th century their numbers in Africa were estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. The Black Rhinoceros has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal poaching for their horn and by loss of habitat. The horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine and is said by herbalists to be able to revive comatose patients, cure fevers, and aid fertility. The purported effectiveness of the use of rhino horn in treating any illness has not been confirmed by medical science. In the Ngorongoro Crater they are said to number not more than 20 and park rangers heavily guard them.
Before we leave the crater we watch large herds of Cape Buffalo making their track directly in front of our jeep. We’ve seen them in the Serengeti but they are in larger numbers here.
End of the Day
Eventually we make our way towards the lake where flocks of pink flamingos wait for us. It is sort of like the icing on the cake to watch them wade in the shallow waters of the soda lake.
By now our six hours is up and night is falling. Our guide urges us to finish our last photos as we have to make the steep climb out of the crater before the gate closes at 6PM.The climb is more hair-raising than the descent. We drive a rough, zig-zag and narrow road to the top. No guard rails here! I know the view is incredible but I couldn’t look with my eyes closed.