Elephant heaven

Trip Start Jul 21, 2013
Trip End Aug 07, 2013

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

We left the resort at 8.30 after doing a little bit of shopping at the resort gift shop. Yesterday I bought some earrings and a stone hippo ornament. This morning Lyn, Glenys, Doris and I bought the big 5 silver ring. The big five are the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. We also bought some Tanzanian coffee. We headed across the rim of the crater and out of the Lake Manyara Reserve. We stopped at a small roadside shop and used the happy house. Interesting toilets but we are getting used to variety by now- lots of squats. Lyn handed out some pencils for the children and we took a few photos. I also took some of the local Masai huts and their animal herds. There was an old lady hanging around, she was from the same tribal group as our guide Musa. He asked her how old she was and she said she was 65 (it is hard to judge their ages). Peter and Sandra bought two masai statues. They left them to have some bead repairs done, we will get them tomorrow on our way out. Emanuel (guide) said this is the border of the Masai  lands which we had been traveling  thru for many days since the Masai Mara on day two of the safari.
Emanuel was getting the local kids to jump and do star jumps so I took some photos and then he was playing ring a ring a rosy and some more good shots. They are fine when the local guys approach them but if our men try to go near them they run!!! Emanuel was also skylarking on a push bike, he is a big guy with a huge grin and like a big teddy bear. He reminds me of Baloo from the jungle book. When we were about to leave Musa came over and said to Emanuel "you had better look after this lady and take good care of her or I will find a seat back in my vehicle for her". I think I blushed, I'm not used to all this attention. The drivers get very possessive of their passengers. I don't think they are used to people changing between vehicles.
We finally arrived at Tarangire National Park. We spent about an hour driving to the Tarangire Sopa Lodge where we are staying the night. We saw a huge flock of 18 female ostrich, some were having a sand bath. We then travelled on and saw a huge herd of elephants -lots of mums and babies. They were down near the Tarangire River - which is a bit low at the moment, because it is the dry season. There were lots of palm trees along the banks and the elephants were coming to meet up from all directions. You can tell they are very social animals. Lots of great pictures of them from afar and also very close up.
Down the road and more elephants. Then we came across a large cohort of zebra and some wildebeest scattered in there as well. There are quite often layers of animals. We got some photos of the zebra and there were a few cute babies as well. Then a couple decided to have a fight and there was lots of kicking and biting going on for a few minutes and then they decided to kiss and make up. We have also seen lots of mongoose and we saw some birds in the river. There was a very pretty Grey headed kingfisher, an ibis and another bird??  We saw more blue ball monkeys.
We arrived at the resort and had a lovely buffet lunch around the pool. We now have a break before another safari at 4pm. I had better go and get ready to see more animals!!!
We headed out into the reserve wondering what we could see that we haven't already seen, but there was more.... we came across a herd of elephants down near the river again. Some were heading down to the river and they were crossing close to our vehicle. We travelled a bit further and found another group right on the side of the road. The little ones were so cute and there was one baby bull elephant who was trying to scare us away. He was flaring his ears and running at us and raising his trunk- such a little man!! They then crossed the road near us and started throwing dirt in the air so we ended up getting a dust shower. The little boy then picked up a small clod in his trunk and tried to throw it at us -tough little guy. We saw three wonderful giraffe (mum dad and baby) they are the most amazing and graceful animals. Then we travelled further down the track, taking pictures of eagles, guinea fowl, love birds and many more feathered creatures. We saw another jackal and then we came across a herd of elephants all drinking from the water hole. We watched as they entertained us with their antics, manoeuvring their trunks in all directions as they drank and interacted. We came across three lions sleeping on the side of the road - a lion and two lioness', as usual they were too fat and content to do anything- only lifting their heads occasionally. We then headed back to camp. We came across a herd of elephant blocking the road and the baby decided he wanted to sleep on the road so there was a bit of a standoff for about 10 minutes until they finally decided they would move out of our way.
We headed off again and found a lioness up a tree. She was sitting there watching us watching her and having cat naps. What a wonderful site to finish off the day.....
Early start again tomorrow. Good night. Hakuna metata!.... so loving East Africa!!!
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vikki on

Soo jealous, sounds great!

Ainsley on

Pretty sure you could squeeze one of those baby elephants and giraffes in your suitcase and bring them home, right!?

Jacob on

I'm sure they won't notice if you bring home a Cheetah cub. I'll keep it at the zoo down the road :D

Tanya on

Wow this all sounds so amazing .
while we are putting in our orders .I would like a baby elephant.

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