Hung like an elephant
Trip Start Apr 10, 2013
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That's when a lion decided to wander into our camp and let out a roar from a distance close enough to vibrate our entire tent. It wasn't the roar that you hear on the MGM splash screen before a movie starts. It was a territorial call that sounds more like the Trex in Jurassic Park. Either way, Indira clinched onto me for the reminder of the night and there was no more sleep to be had. Welcome to your safari is what I believe the lion might've been saying. Maybe it was lost in translation but it came out somewhat more scary. Primordial scary.
The three hour drive from Arusha to Tarangire left us shaken, not stirred
The first big difference was the appearance of the baobab tree. These giants definitely dominate the scenery here. The second change was the replacement of giant herds of domesticated animals with wild game. Wildebeest, warthogs, impalas, zebras, elephants, baboons were the most interactive while giraffes and ostriches made an appearance in the distance.
We also went out for a night drive last night and a morning bush walk early today. Nothing crazy to report on either one, but it was fun. One thing I learned so far is that tracking animals in the bush requires playing with a lot of poop.
Some other random things one can pick up on a safari:
- Zebras are often standing paired up back to front resting their heads on each others back
- Tse Tse flies are a bitch. They are particularly attracted to black and blue colors. I had to make some adjustments to the wardrobe after learning that as their bites suck. No sleeping sickness to report so far though, so I guess that's a good thing.
- Apparently whoever came up with the phrase "hung like a horse" had never seen an excited elephant before.