Tarangire National Park

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
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Trip End Aug 17, 2013


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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Today was day 2 on the itinerary. We have a new guide now, named Moses. We went to Tarangire National Park. We saw so many animals! This park is famous for elephants and the giant baobab trees. We asked Moses how old some of the biggest baobab trees were, and he said 30 million years! That can't be right..how can a tree live for 30 million years?? I probably misunderstood him because he is a little new at learning English. But we saw lots of impala, lots of buffalo, lots of monkeys, LOTS of elephants, TONS of baboons, and an infinitive number of zebra. Also, one ostrich and a ton of other different kinds of animals. The Tarangire park is very flat and full of dry yellow grasses, how you would picture a safari. I was surprised by how many animals there were. I was so exited at first to see elephants, because they weren't at Arusha so I haven't seen them yet. We did a game drive the whole day today. We weren't allowed to get out of the jeep because there are lions and other predators in Tarangire. Sadly though, we didn't see any. It was so cool when we suddenly drove into baboon territory. They were everywhere! Literally, everywhere you looked (including blocking our path in the road) there were baby baboons playing and chasing each other or riding on their mom's backs, baboons climbing trees, baboons picking bugs out of each other, or most baboons were just sitting in the grass. It was amazing. There must have been at least 150 of them! There were tons of elephants too. We drove by a watering hole filled with elephants standing around it. But the whole day, if you just looked there was always an elephant standing around. Not like the baboons where they just stayed in one area. In the drive towards Tarangire National Park, we saw Masaai villagers walking alongside the road. And they looked scary! They looked like the kind of tribe that would..maybe kill someone and stick their head on a stake to scare enemies. Or be cannibals. Or have strange rituals where they have human sacrifices. They were just terrifying. I can't describe them good enough, but they were all dressed in complete black, with white face paint. I am going to visit the Masaai village soon (not sure when) but I'm exited.
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