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Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
Trip End Feb 01, 2011

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Our safari - one week African wildlife

First stop: Lake Manyara ( 1 night/ 1 day)

Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for
its incredible beauty. We saw a big elephant family, giraffes with a special dark brown pattern, hippos and lots of monkeys and birds. When we were there, the lake was almost dry, which made the sun reflect in an amazing way....I love that pic with the two giraffes standing straight, looking into the camera and in the background the sun reflecting dried out lake...After the game drive we went back to our little lovely campiste and drank a few cold beers in the safari bar....

Second stop: Serengeti ( 2 nights  /3 days)

Serengeti - the endless plains.....The drive to the SErengeti NP was great. We saw young male Masai with warrior paintings on their face hiding on the bushes near the road. They are sent away by their familys and return back as "man". On the drive we already saw so many animals....we thought "why bother driving in"...In the park we arrived at the campsite and were a little shocked by the story of a man who said that a bunch of lions killed a big buffalo right between the showers and the "open air kitchen" - needless to say, there was no fence around the campsite and the story was true! The rangers brought the rest of the buffalo pieces away so the lions didnt feel the interest to come back to the campsite... Looking around Ben suddenly spotted a female lion on a nearby hill, about 250 m not very far considering there was no fence. SCARY! At night the whole horror story began. Before the meal Ben wanted to have a look close to the toilet whether he can still see the lion...he did see one of them, about 30 m away to glowing eyes in the dark...until they were gone (the lion layed down in the grass - ready to jum????) Ben and the other guys ran back to the (fenced off) eating area. and then we heard all the others screaming and running aroung. THE LIONS CAME INTO the campsite...we all locked ourselfs behind the fenced off eating area. Only the guides and rangers sprang into the 4x4 and drove around peeping and flashing the all the lions went cause they were scared of the lights and noises we made.
Everyone caled down eating and talking about this great adventure. We were not allowed to go to toilet at night and we lay in our (thin) tents hearing the bunch of 8 - 10 lions fight with the hyenas about the rest of the buffallo all close to our campsite....this was better then the biggest fatest action hollywood thriller I ever saw ;-))))

Third stop: NgoroNgoro Crater ( 1 night / 1 day)

Right in the morning we drive down into the  Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival in Ngorongorowe saw two young male cheetahs playing and waiting for the next prey... As very few animals
migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can spot everything really easy! .... lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. Thats also why the Ngorongoro Crater  has been declared as a World Heritage Site. We loved this park and would recommend it as the best park we have seen...

Forth stop: Tarangire NP ( 1 night/ 1 day)

Tarangire NP is a quiet, seasonal park with wide views to distant
volcanic mountain ranges. Tarangire covers 2600 sq km of grassland and
floodplains, and a large proportion of tall acacia woodland just south
of the open grass plains of southern Maasailand.
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