Safari Day 2

Trip Start Jul 17, 2011
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Trip End Aug 29, 2011


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Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday 17th August
We had a pretty good nights sleep, no more luck with the shower though. Had also hoped for a nice sunrise, there was some colour in the sky, and a few antelopes around the tents.
Met for breakfast which was buffet style and pretty good. They had the most interesting cheese slicer which I of course had to photograph.
We met up with Frank at 8am. Frank and his Kiwi wife Sandra are friends of Innes and Ken. Frank is Tanzanian and 1/2 Maasai. He is an excellent guide very sharp eyes and a good careful driver.
Spotted animals even before we had left the lodge, there was a family of baboons playing just outside the parking area. I walked over as close as I felt it was safe too.
Our next encounter was some warthogs, closer than the ones we saw yesterday.
A lone giraffe some monkeys up a tree, a couple of geese on a branch.
Our first elephants for the day before 9am.
Then quite a few down by the river and an old one up on the bank, I love the way the elephants greeted each other.
A couple of Jackals. Later we came across a dead giraffe (it had died naturally) vultures all over it, trying to get into it, and more vultures circling overhead.
More Ostriches, giraffes and lots of Zebras. An other of the big 5, buffalo.

We stopped for lunch by the swamp, there are only a few places you are allowed to get out of the cars. My GPS with it's free maps came in useful as I was able to find the picnic area on it and tell Frank how far away we were from it.
Lots of animals in the swamp, including a spooked buck and some lions, but they weren't chasing anybody, plenty of pretty birds too.
 We even (almost) saw a jaguar, it was hiding in the tall grass so it was hard to see.
Before we left the park we saw some hippos, they were out of the water as it wasn't very warm and finally a close encounter with a couple of lions who decided to cross the road in front of our car.

We left the park around 2pm backtracked some of the way turned, East on one of the best roads I have seen for a long time. Built by the Japanese. It took us all the way to the Ngorogoro Crater Conservation Area, about 2 hours drive, then we had about 30 minutes up to the Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge. Climbing the whole time on a very bad road, or good goat track, the lodge is at 2400 meters, and it was cold up there.

The lodge was very nice and very busy.  Peter and I had a rest and shower, then a drink before dinner. Needless to say, we went to bed early very tired after a very exciting day.
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gerda bengtsson on

Vilka fantastiska bilder. Du är en god berättare. Härligt att kunna "följa med" på er resa.

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