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Karatu

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  • Day18

    Flamingo Safari Lodge

    June 26, 2017 in Tanzania

    This afternoon we left the camp in a 4WD to make our way to begin our safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Conservation Park. This part of the trip is not with ON THE GO TOURS and was booked through GREEN BEE-EATER SAFARIS, our drivers name was the 'Jungle Master' with a name like that I have high expectations!

    We arrived at the Flamingo Safari Lodge and our tents were being set up for us as we arrived, we were told dinner would be ready by 7pm and that no help would be required - which is strange as normally we would set our tents up and help with daily chores such as cooking, cleaning and security but this company do all that for us so that we have more time on safari.

    Since there was nothing to do we went to the pool and had a couple beers along with some hot chips! The other two groups arrived about an hour later than us after doing a village tour so we joined them in the bar for a few more beers.
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  • Day10

    Acacia farm lodge

    August 6, 2017 in Tanzania

    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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  • Day9

    Crossing the Serengeti

    August 5, 2017 in Tanzania

    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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  • Day9

    Into the Ngorongoro Crater

    August 5, 2017 in Tanzania

    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

  • Day10

    A beautiful morning in a "caldera"

    August 6, 2017 in Tanzania

    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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  • Day85

    Karatu

    July 30, 2017 in Tanzania

    Enjoyed a beautiful drive on relatively good roads passing by Masai villages, lakes and more stunning mountains. It was surprising how quickly things changed after crossing a couple of mountain passes, with not only the landscape changing dramatically, but how the local people looked and dressed. Karatu is the gateway to Ngorogoro crater, Serengeti park and other nearby parks so is a bit of a boomtown. We found a safe, central campsite to stop for a few days as we had to pay some park fees (nearly $600 for 24 hours in the famous crater), do laundry and catch up on a few other things before going off the grid for another week or so.
    The people here have been very friendly, and very proud. We’ve traveled to a lot of places and this is one of the few countries where the locals really want you to, and often insist, that you try to speak the local language (Swahili). It’s not in an obnoxious way, but if you try to speak English, they’ll politely tell you how to say it in Swahili and make you practice. We are doing our best to quickly learn a few key words and phrases!
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  • Day13

    Ngorongoro krater

    August 24, 2016 in Tanzania

    Vandaag de laatste safari dag vroeg gestart om 5.30 uur om op tijd bij de Ngorongoro krater te zijn. Deze krater is werelds grootste caldera en hier leven een boel verschillende dieren omdat er het hele jaar water en goed gras is. Onder de diersoorten onder andere de zwarte neushoorn die we vandaag ook gezien hebben. Helaas op een te grote afstand voor een foto maar met de verrekijker goed te bekijken. De Big Five is hiermee compleet ;-)
    Een ander hoogtepunt van vandaag was een hyena die probeerde een jonge buffel te pakken. Dit mislukte omdat de buffels elkaar goed beschermden.
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  • Day12

    Transfer naar Karatu

    August 23, 2016 in Tanzania

    Vandaag hebben we vroeg in de ochtend (6.30) ons kamp in Serengeti NP verlaten om naar Karatu te rijden. Onderweg kwamen we nog een katachtige tegen die een gazelle had gevangen en een stel aasgieren die zich tegoed deden aan de overblijfselen van een zebra. Verder veel gehobbeld over de onverharde wegen, onder andere langs de rand van de Ngorgoro krater. Morgen gaan we de krater in.
    Endoro Lodge is ons verblijf voor twee nachten. Hier kwamen we rond half twee aan zodat we de middag lekker hebben kunnen relaxen aan het zwembad en alle indrukken van de afgelopen dagen hebben kunnen verwerken.Read more

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