Not just another Big Hole in the Ground


About three million years ago, a mountain larger than Kilimanjaro stood where Ngorongoro Crater is today. In a very violent eruption, it was turned into a 19 kilometre wide crater now home to the most dense wildlife population I have seen in Africa.

As I descended over 600 metres into the crater, I could already see an uncountable number of black specks, dotting the green crater floor. Those specks turned out to be thousands and thousands of Zebra, Wildebeest and Buffalo populating the crater. Scores of pink flamingos dotted the shallow lake with Zebras in the foreground. It was a photographer’s dream.

I was up close and personal with ostrich, baboons and elephants. Hippos were relaxing and doing shoulder rolls in mud pools while grunting. This was African Lion Safari on steroids. At some points I was too close to the animals to use my 400mm lens!

As our convoy of vehicles stopped for lunch, one of the less seasoned travellers ate his lunch out in the open as an eagle snatched his chicken drumstick right out of his hands. He very quickly came to eat with the rest of us back in the Land Cruisers.

Out here, it really is survival of the fittest.

19 KM Wide Ngorongoro Crater

19 KM Wide Ngorongoro Crater


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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