Photo Friday: Bull elephant in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater

Elephant in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater


I photographed this ancient bull elephant in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.  He looked like he’d had more than his fare share of battles over the years.

Located west of Arusha, the Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage site because it has yielded an exceptional long sequence of crucial evidence related to human evolution and human-environment dynamics and its stunning landscape combined with its spectacular concentration of wildlife is one of the greatest natural wonders of the planet. It is home to more than 25,000 animals, including the world’s highest density of lions. Maybe this old elephant has had a few run ins with those lions.

Ngorongoro Crater

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Sue Gough Henly

Sue Gough Henly is award-winning travel writer and photographer whose bi-line has appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, The Guardian, The Toronto Star and all the major Australian publications. Her travel blog, Genuine Journeys, is full of insider tips on the best places for authentic experiences and luxury splurges. She is also the author of Australia’s Best Places travel app. When she doesn’t have sand between her toes or a pack on her back, she writes about food, wine and culture.

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