A beautiful golden lake - the plains of Manyara

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

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Sunday, October 7, 2012


Mayara National park first as a warm up!

Having both fell in love with it, we bought a 'fishy' oil painting from a roadside seller, grabbed a greasy chip omlette lunch from a street vendor (which you eat out of a plastic carrier bag!) and headed to the National Park.

Hovering next to a branch of a tree, we saw the most beautiful, brightly coloured Kingfisher. Our driver/safari guide, Abdi, was a source of great knowledge; Maasai giraffe (the largest of all giraffes), females being distinguished by their fluffy horns, Sykes Monkeys (aka Blue Monkey), noted that elephants ejaculate 6 litres of semen and their erect penises have the ability to carry 20kgs of weight! Abdi gave us a lovely rendition of Hakuna Matata in Tanzanian for which we returned the favour by singing the version from the Lion King. He looked overjoyed - if not slightly bemused!

Asanti sana = Thankyou very much
Karibu = You're welcome

Baboon, wilderbeest, zebra, Maribou Stalk, warthog, hornbill, crested guinea fowl, female bushbuck (bambi), savannah elephant.

Abdi warned us to secure the tents tonight to fend off Honey Badgers who will rip your testes off. To counter this alarming fact (scary despite being safe in the knowledge that we do not have testes) we were warmed by the story that the Honey Badger is directed by it's friend, the Honey Guide - a bird who guides the violent ball buster to the beehives...Winnie the Pooh, eat your heart out!

We took in glorious views from the picnic site, despite being told not to venture too far because of the wild animals, and saw lots of baboons playing. We continued up the hill to the campsite where our tents had already been set up! Such a wonderful surprise! In addition, hot coffee and warm popcorn awaited us! Lot of girly screams and deep joy!

Kudu Lodge and Campsite - couple of Kilimanjaro beers at the poolside bar and then back to camp for a dinner made by the crew - luxury! Except they forgot to cater for vegetarians (recurring theme!) and had to cook something seperately for Vikki and Sarah which meant they had to wait a while longer - not good when ravenous!

Showered (warm!) and then very early to bed - couple of chapters each of The Hunger Games (a book which we neglected to mention previously has had us engrossed - there are 2 copies of the first part of the trilogy but only one for the remaining two sequels so Vikki and I are expecting full scale domestics when it comes to fighting for the next book...).

Ngorongoro park tomorrow...
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annewardell on

Some very useful & fascinating facts in this post - will try to see if I can work them into everyday conversations (especially the male elephant one)!

Keep away from the Honey Badgers - DON'T tell them about the honey, Mummy!! xxxx

Chris Wardell on

Only 20 kg. !!

annewardell on

Show-off, Mr Wardell!!! Xxxxx

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