Lions in Trees

Trip Start Sep 07, 2006
Trip End Sep 29, 2006

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Gibbs Farm

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

We made a day visit to Lake Manyara, which is a small park with a lush jungle area as well as a floodplain where thousands of birds visit and also a woodland which is visited by the famous tree-climbing lions.  There we saw a large variety of waterbirds including lots of pelicans and yellow-billed storks and, alas, only a few flamingos as it wasn't the right time of the year to see them.  Swimming among the birds and near the shore line were lots of hippos.  The commotion from the noisy birds and the hippos  made the area teeming with life.

From Lake Manyara   it was a short ride to Gibbs Farm where we spent two nights as a sort of rest before heading off to the Ngorongoro Crater.  Gibbs is a working coffee plantation which also grows its own fruits and vegetables and with lovely cabins dotting the landscape.  A visit to a nearby home to view local life and then a trek to visit the elephant salt mounds was also included.
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