SAFARI – We Meet Our First Wild Animals At Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara Acacia Tree Over Riverbed
Lake Manyara Acacia Tree Over Riverbed

NOTE: After this initial safari post, I’ll try and keep the stories to a minimum and make the posts heavily image based, since we captured so many amazing images, they sorta speak for themselves (or through their captions).

  • After 9 days on Kilimanjaro with no shower and a limited change of clothing, Alex, Irina, Caryl and myself welcomed the idea of a 7 day safari standing in a Toyota Landcruiser, staying in lodges each night with–we hoped–warm water.  Tanzania doesn’t really do washers & dryers, so our first night back at Iboru Safari Lodge, we walked down the road and picked up an old fashioned bar of washing soap, which we split. I’ll simply say it was both a workout and a scary amount of dirt wrung from my clothing.
Flamingos, Giraffes, Zebra - Lake Manyara
Flamingos, Giraffes, Zebra – Lake Manyara. Flamingos are the sea of pink dots that make up the horizon.
  • We met our driver Julius Wenga (call me “Wenga”), a seasoned laid back fellow with a pleasant demeanor, packed our stuff into the 6 seat green Toyota Land Cruiser, and headed out of Arusha to Lake Manyara, the smallest of Tanzania’s national parks (40% of the country is protected reserve parkland).
Lake Manyara Blue Monkey Can't Take His Eyes Off Of Us...or Vice Versa
Lake Manyara Blue Monkey Can’t Take His Eyes Off Of Us…or Vice Versa
  • Although we visited a Masai Village on the way to Lake Manyara, I’m saving that for another post. We drove for a couple hours out of Arusha, then started ascending. When we entered the park – we raised the roof, and stood up as we went pole pole–there it is again, the ubiquitous “slowly”–over a dirt road and plunged into the jungle, Irina had her binoculars, and the rest of us 3 were armed with cameras, eyes peeled. Today’s pictures are just a few of what we captured, and I’ll try & post a few each day with minimal story. Let’s just say every time we saw a new animal we’d ojnly seen in zoos before, we could barely contain our exceitement, except, as Wenga cautioned us, we had to, to avoid startling the animals. Some of the animals were indifferent and somewhat used to the many jeeps (baboons and monkeys in general), some would start running for the hills (gazelles), and some were far enough away to simply keep an eye on us and continue munching whatever they were munching. Regardless…birds, ungulates, insects, or all manners of flora and fauna..everything we saw was an exotic thrill.
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Lake Manyara Nile Monitor Lizard
Lake Manyara Nile Monitor Lizard
Lake Manyara Superb Starling
Lake Manyara Superb Starling
Hakuna Matata! Lake Manyara Warthog and Baby
Hakuna Matata! Lake Manyara Warthog and Baby
African Birds Were Amazing!  Lake Manyara Kilombero Weaver
African Birds Were Amazing! Lake Manyara Kilombero Weaver
Clouds Above Lake Manyara Plain
Dramatic Landscapes Everywhere We Looked: Clouds Above Lake Manyara Plain

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