Losing Max in the Crater..

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Up at 5.30am because of the noise from the birds and monkeys….Paula made a brekkie of boiled eggs and real bread and we headed off on a walking safari.

We walked alongside bufflo, giraffe (Vikki blended in), zebra, wilderbeest, warthogs (Paula blended in), Iland and Impala. We then walked up to view crater lake from a vantage point. Once up, we could hear Max shouting from way down below in the crater - reverberating all around the surrounding crater rim - he had gone the wrong way whilst taking photos and had headed down into the crater rather than up to the viewing point! Naturally, we all found this highly amusing and gave him lots of encouragement as he made the significant climb back up the crater side!

We saw; flamingos, hippos, fish eagle, superb starlings (they were superb - bright coloured!), COWS! (Not so superb but they are african cows so they count!).

We went out on a boat to view flocks of bright pink flamingos and two large families of hippos. We then had lunch at the 'Flamingo Resort' of rice, veggies (surprise) and a lamb chop for Paula! It was delicious. Then back to Fishermans camp to retrieve the truck, have a quick wee stop and zoom off to Karen Camp - back to the start of the loop.

Vikki squashed mint aero into Paula's face and injured her lip so Paula gently tapped Vikki's face in response. (Paula you're soooooo dramatic)

Arrived at Karen Camp and had a lovely hot shower and got dressed to go to the reputable Talisman Restaurant. Alun had told us this was one of the top five eateries in Africa but given his recent performance we were understandably a bit sceptical!

Our experience was a polar difference to what we had been used to - haute cuisine of the highest calibre - top class service in luxurious surroundings, wonderful food in fantastic company marking a somewhat sad milestone - we were saying goodbye to our fellow travellers who quickly became good friends to begin the next stage of the trip. The Kiwi girls (collective term which they love!) delighted us with their abandonment after several caraffes of good white wine! Even Max's lip smacking did not tarnish the last supper together!

Vikki ordered a Zanzibar coconut seafood soup followed by a rare seared yellow fin tuna with a wasabi ball. Paula started with piggy presented on a long dish with a pattern of jus and some carefully arranged greens and then too opted for the tuna which was perfectly rare and melt in the mouth gorgeousness (as we write this we have had a few more days of rice and veggies and so find ourselves salivating with the memory!).

After the wonderful meal we headed back to camp and said our goodbyes to Fiona who has done a lastminute.com and booked an impromptu excursion to the Maasai Mara. Then we went to bed in our 6 man dorm - Paula's first experience of sleeping with strangers!  
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annewardell on

play nicely, girls - no more mint Aero antics!!! xxxxx

Sue on

Tuna sounds droolsome!

Rachelii on

Yet another incident of domestic violence....it's all going on my log xxx

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