Tanzania has a famous place called Ngorongoro Crater, which is the largest intact volcanic caldera anywhere in the world, and home to one of East Africa’s densest populations of wildlife including the rare black rhino, all within 264 sq. km. Although my partner and I were still more impressed by the Maasai Mara, the Ngorongoro Crater was undoubtedly a more photogenic place with its crater walls, dramatic greenery set against the savannah grasslands, as well as a salt lake. At dawn, when light breaks through the clouds and falls over the crater, it is a mesmerizing sight.

We also went to Tarangire National Park, home to the baobab trees and one of East Africa’s most concentrated populations of elephants. We saw elephants everywhere, in herds big and small, and captured some pretty special moments with some of the baby elephants.

Here are some of my favorite photos and videos in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire.

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A real life Lion King scene – a hungry lioness hunts a family of warthogs for the day’s lunch:

Here is the family of baboons huddling around the suckling newborn. An incredibly heartwarming scene:

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