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The Ride to Ngorongoro Crater

Our safari trip was the most memorable trip of my entire life. Following the short plane ride into Kilimanjaro Airport, we visited Tuma and Emma’s families. They were so excited to see Tuma and it was really sweet to have Tuma show us his home and family.

After that we had a long car ride ahead of us to Rhino Lodge at Ngorongoro Crater. Our wonderful safari driver, Abbas, was in a hurry because we needed to be in the crater before the gates closed. It was dark when we arrived at the gates where we were greeted with guards carrying large rifles. I was very intimidated because I had never seen a gun so big in person before. We drove into the gates along the steep edges of the deep crater when all of the sudden the car stopped. So we were alone in a dark conservation area with no cell service in a broken car. We only had the security guard with the big gun, so that didn’t make me feel any better.