on August 2, 2002
I am not sure whether this would be actually considered a natural wonder, but I would rank it high on the list. It is actually a volcano that had collapsed some 2.5 million years ago. It is the largest unflooded collapsed volcano in the world. In this area, wildlife and Masai live in harmony. The Masai people are herders: cattle, sheep, and goats. This is their livelihood. They are a proud and peaceful group, even though their reputation is that of a warrior. The average wall height of the crater is over 600 feet, measuring about 20 miles across. It was a real trip getting to the bottom. We followed old animal migration tracks down the steep sides of the crater. It is said that this volcano had been even higher than Mt. Kilimanjaro before its collapse. Again, there were no rules to where we could go, as long as nothing was disturbed or harmed. In the conservation area, of which the Crater is part, is the Olduvai Gorge, where there have been famous discoveries by the Leakey's. That, in and of itself, was fascinating. One of the few animals which we did not see in the crater was the giraffe. One might think it would be a too difficult to make the steep climb. That might have been my original thought, but actually the food source at tree level is insufficient for these animals. This will be another priceless memory for years to come.
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