Trip Start Jul 21, 2013
17Trip End Aug 07, 2013
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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.
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 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!!!