"Good Morning America" took viewers today on an immersive 360-degree virtual reality tour of one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in Africa.
“GMA”'s Amy Robach reported live from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, which some call Africa's "Garden of Eden."
This month, part of Africa's stunning Great Migration visits the Crater, making it the continent's greatest concentration of large mammals.
Here are five must-see moments from today’s broadcast, which used IM360's 360-degree virtual reality camera and drone-mounted cameras to get an up-close look at some of nature’s wildest, most dangerous predators.
1. Pink Flamingos Take Flight
The pink flamingos only live for a few months each year in the Crater so it was a special treat to see them flying en masse.
2. Elephants in Their Natural Habitat
Though the elephants looked like they were rambling along, Dave Salmoni of Discovery’s “Animal Planet” told Robach the slowest elephant would outrun Usian Bolt, the track star known as the fastest man in the world.
3. Drones Help to Combat Poaching
ABC News' T.J. Holmes reported from the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in South Africa, the oldest game reserve on the continent, where park rangers are trying to save rhinos from poachers. In a project known as Air Shepherd, drones with infrared cameras are used to patrol the park and transmit images in real time to a mobile command center where a team is monitoring the feeds.
4. Up Close With Hippos, Lions and More
Hippos can weigh up to 2 tons, according to Salmoni. "We talked about fast elephants; you’ll never outrun a hippo," he said. The drone-mounted cameras also provided must-see, up-close views of rhinos, buffalos, a lion and more.
5. Inside a Maasai Wedding
The Maasai is a nomadic tribe living across parts of East Africa. On the day Robach visited, the tribe was celebrating the wedding of the village chief’s 20-year-old daughter, for whom the groom paid a dowry of cattle.