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Off we went, slightly concernernd about over-heating problem, with such steep hills, Michaels theory that use of low ratio would help ,which it did seem to.Slowly climbed to the top, through the forest, to our camp right on the crater rim, having explored some of the routes on the rim itself on the way. Very strange looking down into the crater through binoculars, to see various beasts, which still look ant sized 2,000 ft below.
Camp was basic, very expensive for what it is, but we were already prepared for that. We positioned ourself away from the main herd (people that is) chatted to a few Masai guys trying and failing to flog us stuff, before retiring to bed. Before this whilst cooking,we had a visit from a very large and frisky bull Elephant with massive tusks who skipped towards us for a few seconds, but veered off when we shone our bright torch at him as we were beating our retreat!
Up at 5:00 next morning and into the crater itself, forced to take a guide, quite ridiculous as it’s a 25km wide circle,however we got Edwin, who perched on our clothes box in the back, which can’t have been comfortable, but he was pretty chilled.
Drove around a while, saw lot’s of the usual animals,who are obviously very used to people and not skittish at all. Went to a picnic site and cooked up some left-overs for breakfast,but had confrontation with another big bull Elephant, who decided we were on his route and in the way and he was none to happy, I leapt into the car with frying pan and breakfast in hand, Edwin and Michael just kept their distance. The only other car around reversed well out of the way.
A wonderful place, stunning landscape saw many interesting things, including Lions, but you tend to drive around in circles rather alot. Whilst the setting is fantastic,it is incredibly costly, but, we felt had to be done, wev’e come so far.