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Giyeda Kurum

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  • Day11

    Nur der frühe Vogel und so

    January 8, 2021 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Auf Guidos Wunsch hin sind wir heute 06:30 Uhr los gefahren nach dem wir eine Nacht mit Löwengeräuschen hatten! Und unser frühes Aufstehen wurde belohnt, denn wir sahen eine Hyäne bei der Jagd. Hyänen sind nachtaktiv und daher tagsüber eher nicht zu sehen. Zuerst hat die Hyäne die Antiliopen Gang etwas aufgewühlt, um zu sehen ob sich Alte, verletzte oder schwache darin befänden, im Endeffekt entschied sie sich für die kleinste Antilope, aber sie hatte keine Chance. Antilopen können bis zu 3m hoch und 7m weit springen, sodass sie schnell davon sprang. Wir fuhren weiter und entdeckten eine große Löwenfamilie. Ein Löwenrudel kann aus 16 Löwen bestehen und wird von einem männlichen Löwen angeführt. Männliche Löwen kämpfen um ein Rudel und der der es gewinnt, tötet dann alle Babys aus dem Rudel, damit nur seine Nachfahren darin sind. Löwen sind die mächtigsten Tiere in der Wildnis, nichts und niemand macht ihnen Angst. Kurze Zeit später fuhren wir zu einem Flamingosee, das sind auch echt verrückte Tiere, wenn sie schlafen oder entspannt sind, stehen sie auf einem Bein. Dann mussten wir uns langsam auf dem Rückweg machen, unsere Zeit im Serengeti war nun vorbei, aber das heißt nicht, dass die Tierwelt beim Parkende vorbei ist. Nein wir sahen nochmal Millionen, wirklich Millionen Gnus, Zebras und Empalas auf ihren Weg in den Serengeti zurück, mit ihnen entdeckten wir nochmal Hyänen und zwei männliche Löwen. Die Gnus und die Zebras sind die wasserabhängigsten Lebewesen, deswegen müssen diese immer wandern. Auf unserem Weg zur Lodge kamen wir noch am Aussichtspunkt für den Ngorongo Krater vorbei, in den es uns morgen noch hinein verschlägt, um hoffentlich Nashörner zu sehen und somit die Big 5 voll zu bekommen.Read more

    OldBrownies

    Unbeschreiblich schön!

    1/8/21Reply
    The Brownies

    so schön! wir bekommen Fernweh

    1/9/21Reply
     
  • Dec28

    Ngorogoro Crater

    December 28, 2021 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

    Unbelievable day within the Ngorogoro Crater. 2 black rhinos (see pic with blue circle) gray Crowned crane, zebras, warthogs with babies, Serval cat, Greater and lesser flamingos, newborn giraffe, great white Pelican, vulcher, African spoonbill.Read more

  • Day442

    A big adventure

    January 12, 2020 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    I splashed out on a day trip to Ngorogoro to see some of the sites unique to Tanzania. It was going to be tight day with the sites to visit quite far apart.
    At 6 a.m. the ShikaTours manager, Jon, turned up with his driver Bakari so that we could accomplish everything in daylight hours. They came in a Toyota Landcruiser, a different car from that planned, but I thought nothing of it, even though the windscreen was cracked.
    We raced a couple of rusty buses 154 km down the road to the park turn-off in the spitting rain, exacerbated by non-functioning windscreen water jets. Everything in this region is focused on safaris: for the bus drivers the "East African Safari". The buses drive flat out between staging posts in order to be first to collect passengers, overtaking on the inside, on curves and over blind hills as the opportunities arise.
    For some reason I could not understand, my driver kept drifting off the lane and hastily correcting the drift. Perhaps I thought, it was because he spent a large part of the trip dialling or answering people on the phone. Our speed would slowly decline and one or both buses would racket past showering us in a muddy spray. Then he would accelerate and pass them again to repeat the cycle further on.
    His instructions were to stop for coffee along the road and eventually he did stop at a buddies trinket shop alongside the main road. He wondered off leaving me to find coffee in the warehouse, filled with the same stuff in the Arusha Masai Market. Alas there was no coffee.
    The next stop was at a hotel where the company obtains lunch boxes for its clients. There it was suggested that I buy a coffee for TSh 3000 - instant coffee that is, which normally costs TSh200. The driver said nothing so we left.
    We passed a Army checkpoint without stopping and then pulled up at the Tourist and Diplomatic police guard hut. Bakari disappeared inside and ten minutes later came out with a policeman who got into the back seat. He moved the car 3 metres into a parking space and they both got out. As the fourth Tourist Troopy came and went as we sat there, I wondered what was going on and enjoying the scenery.
    A few minutes later I was summoned inside to find the driver locked in a cage - with our day's schedule. He told me the problem was the cracked windscreen.
    I returned to the vehicle to practice square breathing: in, pause, out, pause on the count of four. It didn't really work though and when the policewomen came out in her white gumboots , (brand name "Polisi",) I was still seething. She asked me in surprisingly good English what the driver had told me was the problem.
    "No, no," she replied, "he's drunk" and proceeded to tell me about the size of the numbers recorded by the breathalyzer.
    "But don't worry, I will find another driver for you. Just wait half an hour."
    And, mirabile dictu, she did. Another driver turned up and we set off one and a half hours late, leaving Bakari in pokey.
    Another 15 minute drive and we arrive at the Park entrance. Another delay: our vehicle does not match the paperwork and there should be another person with me. Luckily, the new driver Ima was an old hand at this game and I had the receipt from Shika Tours so we lost only half an hour.
    Windows wound firmly up, we gently ploughed through the baboon pack tourist watching on the road and onto the park dirt tracks. I said I wanted to go to Laetoli where the oldest footprints in the world are located, but the driver just headed off to the Leakey museum without saying anything. He claimed later that it was too far and not accessible anyway.
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    Usually named ‘Safari Adventures’ :-) xx v

    1/18/20Reply
    Tony Hammond

    Your driver was obviously not only leaning to the left and right but was Leakying alcohol as well! He was obviously trying to make a monkey out of you....

    1/18/20Reply
    Mona's Meanderings

    Crikey Roland Such an adventure. Fortunately your pickled driver did not cause an accident with you in it.

    1/24/20Reply
     
  • Day12

    Ngorongo Krater

    January 9, 2021 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Unseren letzten Safaritag widmeten wir dem Ngorongo Krater, ein inaktive Vulkan mit einem Durchmesser von 21km und einer wahnsinnigen Tierleben. Auf Grund der Weite kann man hier Strauße, Nashörner, Zebras, Gnus, Löwen und Elefanten auf einmal sehen. Besonders bekannt ist der Krater für seine Nashörner, die gibt es nämlich nirgendwo anders in Tansania und dazu gibt es nur 16 Stück im ganzen Nationalpark. Es gibt zwei verschiedene Arten von Nashörnern, Spitzmaul und Breitmaul. Die Breitmaul Nashörner sind auf der ganzen Welt schon ausgestorben. In Kenia hat man allerdings die Gene, um ein neues zu konstruieren. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass es so schwer ist ein Nashorn zu finden, aber es hat doch einige Stunden gedauert bis wir zwischen den vielen Zebras welche entdeckten. Denen war das alles nicht geheuer und so ergriffen sie die Flucht. Wir haben also zwei sprintende Nashörner gesehen. Ansonsten lag wieder ein Löwe direkt am Straßenrand, und das verstehe ich nicht, warum lege ich mich zum Schlafen an den Wegesrand? Nachdem wir nun die Big 5 gesehen haben, sind wir heute etwas eher in die Lodge zurück, um hier noch den Tag gemütlich am Pool mit Kaltgetränken und einem Buch ausklingen zu lassen. Morgen fahren wir wann zum Flughafen und es warten hoffentlich ein paar schöne Tage in Sansibar auf uns!Read more

    OldBrownies

    Na dann viel Spaß beim Entspannen.🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️

    1/9/21Reply
     
  • Day14

    Safari Day 2: Tarangire

    August 16, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heute sind wir schon morgens im Tarangire Nationalpark gewesen, was toll war 😃

    Es ist spannend den Tieren so nah zu sein und ihr normales Verhalten beobachten zu können, welche einfach mal 0,0 Angst vor den Jeeps haben. 😅

    Tarangire könnte man gefühlt auch den Park der Zebras, Antilopen und „Gnudels“ nennen 🦓😂
    Aber auch ganz viele andere Tiere konnten wir sehen 😍 unter anderem auch ein paar Löwinnen 👏🐘🦒

    Fazit: O-Ton unser Guide: It is far, but not too far mhm... mhm jaaa.... yes, yes it is different mhm... mhm but quite similar... yea yea mhmmmm... 🤔
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    Volker Bühl

    Wer hat das Zebra erschossen ???😲😲

    8/18/19Reply
    Mikas Diary

    Das wälzt sich nur im Dreck 🤣👍 und genießt sein Leben ☀️🦓

    8/18/19Reply
    Volker Bühl

    🙊🙊🙊

    8/18/19Reply
     
  • Day142

    Anniversaire, cratère, flycatcher ...

    March 27, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Kigali - Arusha : 26h de bus sur deux jours au gré de routes chaotiques mais magnifiques. Surtout ne prenez rien avec vous pour vous occuper, contentez-vous d'admirer les gens, le paysage et vous verrez, ça passe super bien ! Africanisation toujours en cours ... ⏳⏳⏳🇹🇿

    Arrivés à Arusha, nos fesses nous disent tout de même merci ! Nous allons pouvoir souffler et organiser notre unique safari tanzanien... Erreur ! La ville est pleine de "Fly Catchers", rabatteurs d'agences de voyages souvent douteuses, qui nous harcèleront toute la journée... Méthode très critiquable, mais avec des safaris coûtant des milliers d'euros, il est difficile de blâmer ces gens qui essaient de grappiller une part du gâteau...

    Devant tant d'insistance, nous décidons de fuir sans plus attendre dans le petit village de Karatu, au plus proche du volcan Ngorongoro.
    Dans la petite guesthouse où nous logeons pour quelques jours, nous ne tardons pas à nous faire adopter par la famille de frères et soeurs qui en est propriétaire. Une sensation de plénitude se dégage de ce lieu, sublimée par notre visite prochaine du Ngorongoro !
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    Tom et Mo au soleil

    31 ans et un premier gâteau personnalisé pour Tom ! Avec pour tradition locale de se faire donner une bouchée par chacun des invités présents, puis de leur rendre la pareille… et de finir par un verre de lait caillé, en souvenir du lait bu étant bébé ! Sacrés tanzaniens ! ;-)

    4/16/19Reply
    Tom et Mo au soleil

    Les frères et sœurs gérant la guesthouse de Karatu où nous avons passé plusieurs jours. Pour les remercier du repas local partagé un midi, nous nous sommes mis en tête de leur cuisiner un repas français… Challenge réussi haut la main avec de délicieuses tomates farcies (végétariennes) et des œufs mimosas ! Avec mayo faite maison s'il vous plait !

    4/16/19Reply
    Tom et Mo au soleil

    le vendredi après-midi, c'est sport ! et cela dans toute l'Afrique de l'Est traversée !

    4/16/19Reply
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  • Day10

    Acacia farm lodge

    August 6, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    I think this is my favourite place to stay so far. I love the lodges hidden within large expanses of greenery and I love the fact they have their own vegetable garden and small coffee plantation. All the vegetables for the restaurant come from the garden and they are delicious. We saw eggplants the size of a small melon, carrots, lettuce, cucumber. Zucchini, tomatoes, onions, spinach, melon, cabbage, potatoes. They now have a fruit garden too and in 3 years they will not have to buy any fruit either. Emily and I went on a tour of the farm and some surrounding forest and now know if we were stranded like a Masai we could at least recognise which tree is the "toilet paper tree" which is the "sandpaper tree" and which we need to cut the sap to wash our clothes. Will all come in very handy in northern Virginia I am sure.
    Tomorrow we leave after breakfast for a 3 hour ride to the airport and then onto Zanzibar which everyone tells me is beautiful.
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    Martin Seed

    Looks amazing. I guess if you can get enough water you can grow anything! You cuold try tapping the trees in Great Falls but the park rangers may not be best pleased!!

    8/6/17Reply
    Martin Seed

    Looks breathtaking

    8/7/17Reply
    Martin Seed

    Didn't expect it to be cold! Hope Zanzibar is walmer!

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  • Day9

    Crossing the Serengeti

    August 5, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Blimey - a very long day in the truck. 10 hours in total and 9.5 of them on bumpy dusty roads. There was a roar of excitement when we hit tarmac around 5pm. We crossed from the Western side of the Serengeti to the Eastern side - detouring a couple of times as the lions were out in force and we saw our first cheetah!! We had lunch in a place where you could see for miles in all directions and I realised how happy I was our 4X4 has two spare tyres on the back.
    We left Serengeti park and into a dusty barren area where you would think that life could not be supported. Saw our first mirage of a lake in the distance and dust swirls. In amongst all this were many Masai tribes and their goats. Amazing they have enough to live on. I didn't photograph as they don't allow it. It is a particularly dry year and the dust was so bad.
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    Martin Seed

    Fabulous shot! Terrific Emily! Looks like you te badk among the big beasts!

    8/5/17Reply
    Mary Seed

    What a wonderful photo she's so well hidden in the long grass

    8/6/17Reply
    Mary Seed

    'I'm going to sit here all day if I want to!'

    8/6/17Reply
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  • Day9

    Into the Ngorongoro Crater

    August 5, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Just as we thought we couldn't stand the dust any more we started to climb some undulating hills and then up to a view over the Ngorongoro crater- Beautiful. Then the trees started to get greener and the foliage thicker and we moved into a completely different climate. We are staying at the Acacia Farm Lodge which has a working coffee plantation onsite just outside the small town of Karatu. Finally we are not under canvas and have a kettle in our room. Yippee !!Read more

    Mary Seed

    Definitely Bonnie, where's Clyde?

    8/6/17Reply
     
  • Day10

    A beautiful morning in a "caldera"

    August 6, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Caldera was not a word I have used before now. I was reliably informed the Ngorongoro crater was not a crater but a caldera. So having looked that up it is like a sinkhole formed when a volcano collapses. The wildlife inside is isolated from the rest of the world and i can say this one was breathtaking. If I was ever picturing the garden of Eden this would be close. A salt lake with flamingos on it, wildebeest, hippos lounging in beautiful rivers, elephants, zebra, lions of course. Even saw ostriches mating and a very unusual cat called a serval - very much like the cats you see in Egyptian paintings with the big pointy ears.
    Unfortunately Emily couldn't do her trick with the binoculars as I left mine at the breakfast table at the last resort (duh) and Oliver left his in his room this morning. So I did my best with photos and videos although I don't think they capture the expanse of the caldera and the beauty in there.
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    Martin Seed

    From this photo and Seregeti had no idea there are so many hippos in the world! (I am working on a better collective noun than bloat! Hump sounds good but will improve on that!

    8/6/17Reply
     

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