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Breakfast at 5.40am and hopefully on the road by 6.00am.
We want an early start into the Ngorongoro Crater chasing
the black rhino before the wind picks up – apparently these massive animals
don’t like wind in their eyes. Who new?
We also have a visit to a Maasai village before driving to
Kilimanjaro International Airport for our flight to Zanzibar and the drive to
our hotel there.
Today we had another game drive as we left Serengeti Park and headed for the rim of the Ngorongoro crater where we will be spending the night. During this game drive we witnessed thousands of zebra, apparently part of the mass migration, a few lions and three more cheetah.
The drive up to the rim of the crater was the usual hair ...
... into the bush with Sengetti, a
Maasai man we know well that drives motorbikes taxis. As we reached the bush we
found a cow to take blood from, there is no need to kill the cow so instead a
rope is tied around the cows neck to expose the jugular vein and then a short
arrow is shot into the vein to gather the blood. The blood spurted out much
more than I had imagined and we collected well over a pint.
Drinking cow blood is a Maasai tradition most ...
... br> killed it. Lions are not killed for fun but only when they take the valuable livestock
that the Maasai keep. Wildlife however is very important to the economy of
African countries as it brings in so much tourism and it seems that the Kenyan
government at least has come to a happy compromise with the Maasai that when a
Lion kills livestock, as long as they don’t harm the Lion, the government will
pay for the cost of the livestock that was killed. ...
... and for one mad moment I considered purchasing one and smuggling it
back to England and keeping it the spare room at my flat next year; there’s
nothing in my tenancy agreement that specifically says I can't have a goat and I could AstroTurf the
room and everything. Anyway I carried on goatless and went to buy my Maasai
clothing. It’s difficult for me to buy things cheaply at the market as I will
be charged Mzungu prices. Mzungu translated from ...