Highlights of a week in the parks of Tanzania
17.05.2013 - 23.05.2013 25 °C
The following list of animals seen on safariis partial because there were also many birds, but I did not identify them all. Lion, gazelle, baboon, wildebeest, vervet monkey, giraffe, ostrich, warthog, buffalo, zebra, mongoose, hyena, leopard, ibis, crocodile, elephant, hippopotamus, vulture, blue monkey, flamingo, jackal, topi, hyrax, hartebeest, impala.
I spent six days exploring Tanzania's parks with Ezekial, my guide. We started off by visiting Ngorogoro Crater where like every safari neebie, I was excited to see the first zebra and wildebeest we passed. By the end of the safari, one becomes a bit desensitized and the animals have to be really doing something special or number in the millions to get one's attention.
Here are the highlights
- Being in the midst of a group of elephants when two bulls, one on either side of the landrover started to make menacing moves toward each other. Ezekial navigated us out of their way but seemed a little worried. I figure when someone has been working as a guide for seven years is worried, I should be too.
- Hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti at dawn. We saw lots of animals, including hippos running, which I had otherwise only seen wallowing in a pool, as they feed at night.
-Being smack dab in the middle of the Great Migration. A million wildebeest surrounded the vehicle in every direction.
-Spending time chatting and throwing spears with two young Masai warriors at a lodge on lake Manyara.
- Hearing a male lion at night about 15 meters from my canvass tent.
A really amazing experience.