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Manyara

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  • Day11

    Day 10: Lake Manyara NP

    March 15, 2011 in Tanzania

    We checked out early and met our safari guide for the next 3 days, a young guy named Edwin with decent English. Our steed for the journey was a beaten-up old Toyota Landcruiser. It wasn't much to look at, but seemed mechanically sound enough.

    We left Springlands around 9:30am and headed west through Moshi, past Kilimanjaro airport, and then into the larger city of Arusha where we stopped at a big Western-style supermarket called Shop-Rite. We stocked up on water, soft drinks and a few snacks for a total of 5850 shillings (about $4.50).

    We then headed into the north-west of Tanzania, stopping briefly for lunch at a tourist tat shop slash picnic area. By mid-afternoon we reached our destination, the Lake Manyara National Park.

    The lake itself is entirely rain-based, swelling massively during the wet season and gradually shrinking during the dry. Right now at the end of the dry season it's pretty small. We had a read through the info rooms while Edwin finalised our papers, then set off into the park.

    Lots of animals were around - big groups of monkeys and baboons near the entrance. Further into the park we came across some scattered giraffes, a small herd of zebra and a briefly-glimpsed elephant in the trees. Moving closer to the edge of the lake we saw some submerged hippos, but they were too far away for good photos. Also nearby were impala, water bucks, dik diks and warthogs. Lots of the animals were close to the car and seemingly unafraid. As dusk approached we left Manyara towards the Highview Hotel, our inn for the night. It was on a hill (surprisingly!), and near the mountain town of Karatu. After leaving Manyara the road had curved steadily upwards onto the Great Rift Valley escarpment. I had no idea, but the Valley runs all the way along eastern Africa, from Jordan in the Middle East down to Mozambique.

    The hotel was very modern, though only about 10% full due to the low season. We had a nice buffet dinner in the twilight, entertained by some traditional Maasai dancers, singers and drummers. Off to bed early before a long day tomorrow.
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  • Day15

    Day 14: Tarangire National Park

    March 19, 2011 in Tanzania

    The final day of our safari started slowly, with another tyre-related delay to our jeep, Edwin having rejoined us late the previous evening. We weren't feeling all that confident, but Edwin assured us everything would be OK. Off we set on the long drive back southeast towards Tarangire National Park.

    The drive itself was uneventful. We arrived around 10:30am, no animals in sight and a light but insistent drizzle falling. As usual, the rain kept the animals in hiding, though we did see a distant elephant and some large birds like osprey, eagles and vultures. The highlight was an osprey plucking a small mongoose out of the grass and carrying it to a nearby tree.

    Then, just before lunch - contact! A cheetah, lying on an anthill just 30m from the road. Not quite as close as our last cheetah encounter, but much longer this time as it was happy to lie there just looking around. Took a bunch of photos and enjoyed the sight of the magnificent creature before heading to lunch.

    Funnily enough, the lunch spot was at a lookout less than a kilometre from the cheetah. I was a little worried, but Edwin assured us that cheetahs were scared of humans, and that we were in much more danger of monkeys stealing our lunch. Sure enough, we saw a monkey steal yoghurt tubs from a nearby table!

    After lunch we saw a few warthogs, gazelle and some close-up ostrich, but the rain was insisting and the animals weren't cooperating. Out of the park we drove, starting on the long drive back to Springlands via Arusha and Moshi. Only exciting events were going past a rolled car in a ditch and a massive roadkill python. I amused myself taking photos of the daladalas (local busses) decorated with Man United livery. Said goodbye to Edwin and enjoyed our last night at Springlands.
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  • Day3

    Tarangire National Park

    June 29 in Tanzania

    Man hat das Gefühl, die halbe Welt reist nach Afrika. Und alle Besucher waren professionelle Ranger - zumindest waren sie so gekleidet.

    Kaum fuhren wir durch das Gate in den Park, trafen wir die ersten Zebras 🦓. Im Park sind wahnsinnig viele Elefanten beheimatet.

    Südafrika war schon toll, aber hier gibt es keine Zäune und die Artenvielfalt ist immens. Wir haben Giraffen, Elefanten, Gnus, Flusspferde, Warzenschweine und natürlich den König bzw. die Königin von Afrika gesehen. Wer weiß, was uns noch alles erwartet. Es ist immer wieder faszinierend und wir erleben immer wieder, wie wunderschön dieser Kontinent ist.

    Wir übernachten in der Sangaiwe Tented Lodge und genießen den traumhaft schönen Blick auf den Burungi-See - oder so ähnlich.

    Nach dem Abendessen werden wir von Guides zu unserer Hütte/Zelt begleitet, da es zu gefährlich ist, im Dunklen alleine zu gehen. Die Lodge befindet sich ca. 10 km vom Park entfernt und es kann durchaus sein, dass sich eine Raubkatze oder eine/r der Big Five hierher verirrt. Zur Erinnerung; Der Park hat keine Zäune.

    Wir haben heute die Bedeutung der Big Five erfahren. Es sind die für den Menschen gefährlichsten Tiere Afrikas: Elefant, Büffel, Löwe, Nashorn und Leopard.
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  • Day3

    Sangaiwe Tented Camp

    June 29 in Tanzania

    Eine sehr schöne und gut in die Natur eingebundene Lodge. Hier wird Wert auf Nachhaltigkeit gelegt. Strom gibt es nur aus Solarzellen, Heizung sowieso nicht.

    Man schläft praktisch fast im Zelt und hört nachts Geräusche.

    Wir hatten leider nur eine Übernachtung, es hätte sich alleine wegen des fantastischen Ausblicks auf den See gelohnt länger zu bleiben.Read more

  • Day37

    Kom ons bespreek: Kilimanjaro-lager

    October 17, 2016 in Tanzania

    Hierdie bier het Afrika se hoogste berg voorop, so jy weet dit gaan goed wees. 'n Kilimanjaro rol gemaklik af in jou keel, selfs al is hy nie so ys-yskoud nie. Myne vanaand kom van 'n shebeen hier iewers naby; iemand het dit met 'n fiets gaan haal. Dit proe eersteklas hier by die Wild Palm-kampplek, met 'n aandluggie wat nou die dag se hitte begin wegdruk. Alkohol: 4.5%Read more

  • Day38

    Tarangire- nasionale park - Dag 1

    October 18, 2016 in Tanzania

    Vandag sien ons honderde olifante, en duisende sebras en wildebeeste - en ons het skaars 'n kwart van die park gesien. Alhoewel dit soms besig raak met wildkykvoertuie om 'n watergat is dit eintlik (vergeleke met plekke soos Serengeti) 'n stil park. Kremetarte, oop stukkies savanne, skaars voëlspesies - ons tipe park. Pasop maar net vir die parmantige blouape by die piekniekplek.Read more

  • Day39

    Tarangire- nasionale park - Dag 2

    October 19, 2016 in Tanzania

    Vandag ry ons verder suid in die park, en sien twee jong mannetjieleeus (vas aan die slaap...) onder 'n worsboom, twee knuppeldik jagluiperds wat by 'n vangs lê, olifante wat deur 'n moeras swem, 'n reuse-ooruil - maar helaas ontwyk die gerenuk ons steeds.

  • Day5

    Tarangire NP

    September 29, 2016 in Tanzania

    Zo, we worden weer wakker in Arusha, en nu gaat het echt beginnen. We gaan vanaf vandaag elke dag naar een andere plek en komen niet meer hier terug.
    Tarangire NP is onze eerste stop.
    We staan versteld van de hoeveelheid dieren...soms weet je niet of je links of rechts moet kijken.
    Ik kan alles wel op gaan noemen, maar de meest bijzondere dieren die we hier spotten zijn de luipaard,cheetah en leeuwen die zojuist een gnoe hebben gevangen en lekker aan het op peuzelen zijn. jammie!!!
    Ze vinden het zo lekker dat de kop van één van de leeuwinnen letterlijk tot haar nek in de gnoe zit.
    'S middags komen we terug op dezelfde plek en alles is op. De leeuwwinnen zijn nog lekker aan het uitbuiken langs het water in de schaduw.
    Na het avondeten, gekookt door onze privé kok, doen wij hetzelfde.
    Morgen gaan we naar Lake manyara NP.
    To be continued...
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Manyara Region, Manyara, Mkoa wa Manyara

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