Ngorongoro In Perspective

A group of indigenous Masai herdsmen on the floor of the Ngorongoro crater, demonstrate the smallness of humans and the vastness of nature.

Ngorongoror National Park, Tanzania
Masai on the floor of the caldera.

And this near minimalist postcard, its majesty.

Cape buffalo, Ngorongoro

Happy travels…………no matter where life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

90 thoughts on “Ngorongoro In Perspective

  1. Marvellous, Madhu. It’s so hard to capture the vastness when there often are so few distinguishing features on the landscape. But to have that group of Maasai walk into the scene – just magical.

    1. Sometimes you just get lucky Tish. This made up, even without a good enough zoom, for all the closer shots I messed up 🙂 Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

  2. Thanks Madhu. (Asante sana!) Your pictures bring back fond memories of Kenya and Africa! 🙂
    Take care

    1. Asante Sana dear Brian! You must miss it so. If it didn’t cost as much I would return every year 🙂

      1. If it costs 600 bucks to see gorillas, I can see what you mean, Madhu!
        Miss it? Yes and no. There is a saying in Spanish “Lo bailado nadie me lo quita” What I danced no-one can take it away. 🙂 Been there, loved it. Went back. Maybe will again some day. 🙂 Meantime I’m planning my next trip to Europe next summer, England to visit our daughter and Paris. (can’t live a full year without Paris!) 🙂 We’re going to Colombia for Christmas… So we’re ok.
        take care my friend and have a lovely week-end!

    1. Yes, because life is a journey. And that journey doesn’t go on forever! 🙂 Thank you very much for your lovely comment Nandini.

  3. Stunning shots, Madhu – especially the first one. Definitely gives a different perspective on some things… 🙂

    1. It is all a mater of scale I think Ese. I was lucky the Masai stepped on that bit of road, just as we stopped our vehicle. Thank you for your visit and comment.

  4. You know I’m a big fan of empty space and grand scale with touch of small subjects. Excellent photography, Madhu.

    1. Ah I know Rommel. Hard to return to life hemmed in by high-rises after that! Appreciate the compliment 🙂

    1. Ah, I am just the messenger Valentine….the landscape speaks for itself 🙂 But thank you 🙂

  5. really like the play on large and small – and the herdsman and buffalo also have such cultural feel – great take on the wpc – 🙂 ❤

    1. Thanks Yvette. Happy you liked both shots. They are two of my favourites from the trip.

  6. what an incredible landscape in that first image. and how expansive that crater is!
    thanks for sharing the postcard, too.

    1. That is an incredible landscape indeed. We were told it was once the personal property of a German expat!! Thank you for reading Kris.

  7. Both your photos are lovely but I would like to make a special mention about the grandeur and majesty that you captured in the first. 🙂

    1. Amazing how having something in the frame to demonstrate scale transforms an image isn’t it? I got our driver to stop the vehicle to click that shot on our way out of the crater 🙂 Thank you for your generous support Imelda.

    1. Thank you Julian. It was just a case of being at the right place at the right time 🙂

    1. Thank you Ilargia. You wouldn’t expect buffaloes to be so photogenic would you? 🙂

    1. I think the vast open spaces of Africa really drive that point home 🙂 Thanks Dilip.

    1. It is hard to capture the vastness of that landscape Paritosh. The presence of the Masai helped greatly 🙂 Appreciate your stopping by.

  8. Stepping into the gift of nature – we humans are so small, Mother Nature’s way to show us. Beautiful photographs.

    1. And that is especially evident in those endless plains of Africa Mary. Appreciate your stopping by.

    1. This last one was a particularly overwhelming one Jo! Haven’t had the time to sort my photos with my sister’s visit and all. Hope to get down to it over this week. Thank you for your support Jo 🙂

      1. You’re welcome. I never know what it’ll be but I always know I’ll find something good at ‘your place’. 🙂

    1. My photos don’t appear that way, but sadly, this park is especially crowded with vehicles Judy. Shall do a detailed post on the area when I have all my images sorted.

    1. Thank you! I love those sepia tones myself Angeline. I wished I had a better lens for that first shot though 🙂

    1. That was my reaction as we descended into the crater as well Tina!! 😀 Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thanks Sylvia. That is understandable, with your own share of wildlife in SA. We went for the game, but were equally enthralled by the landscape!

    1. Thanks so much Tina. These are possibly the only two minimalist images in my archives 🙂

    1. Grover, your ‘Passage to India’ series looks amazing! Shall be over to catch up soon. You should have told me you were coming all the way to Pondicherry 🙂

  9. Beautiful colourful contrast in the first photo, Madhu – and a very mighty and impressive focus on the vastness of nature. The two photos together make a perfect set, I’d gladly frame them and put them up on my wall.
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday,

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