African Safari – Lake Manyara National Park – Background information

African Safari – Lake Manyara National Park – Background information

The entrance to the park is quite nice with an interpretive centre, a nice nature trail and modern washrooms.

Our directions were simple for the day “Show us the tree-climbing lions”. We saw monkeys, owls and baboons in trees but alas no lions in trees during our visit to the Lake Manyara area.

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African Safari – Arusha to Lake Manyara

African Safari – Arusha to Lake Manyara

As we were driving along the road from Arusha to the Lake Manyara National Park we would pass by some Maasai villages and many donkeys doing their thing as beasts of burden.
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African Safari – Masai Mara – Evening safari

African Safari – Masai Mara – Evening safari

This was our last evening safari on the Masai Mara and we were still hoping to locate that elusive Leopard or one of the rare Black Rhinos. We didn’t see either of those, but did manage to see a few more elephants and another lion or two and added another bird species to our ever-growing list.
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African Safari – The big sale

African Safari – The big sale

During our period of R&R, I wandered down the pathway from the lodge to the small, three hut model Maasai village nearby. I was interested in buying a small mask. Seven Maasai women were interested in selling me cloth, masks, bracelets, beads and all manner of handiwork. After much discussion and bartering, I left with their picture and a mask and they kept some of my money :-).
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African Safari – A restful afternoon at the lodge

African Safari – A restful afternoon at the lodge

After our early morning outing on the Masai Mara, we returned to the lodge for breakfast and a bit of R&R.
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African Safari – Masai Mara – Breakfast with the Vultures

African Safari – Masai Mara – Breakfast with the Vultures

Not sure of i.d. of these vultures.


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African Safari – The Vantelope Phenomenon

African Safari – The Vantelope Phenomenon

The Vantelope phenomenon is really quite an amazing sight to see. At any given moment, in the touristy parts of the Masai Mara, there may be a hundred or more safari vans with their tourist payloads looking for that elusive lion or the even more elusive leopard. The vastness of the landscape is hard to fathom and the ability of the animals and the vans to somehow be lost from sight is really quite hard to believe.
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African Safari – The Masai River

African Safari – The Masai River

The nice weather continued and our destination for the afternoon was the Masai River, home to many hippopotamus and African crocodiles.
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African Safari – Masai Mara – Lunch on a blanket

African Safari – Masai Mara – Lunch on a blanket

By about noon we had traveled a long way from our lodge and ended up at the top of a hill where we could get a panoramic view of that section of the Masai Mara. We also needed to check to see if there were any available trees under which to spread our community blanket.
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African Safari – Masai Mara Early Morning Game Drive

African Safari – Masai Mara Early Morning Game Drive

While waiting for the start of our morning game drive, I laid down on the grass and honed my skills on an interesting looking locust-type insect. Then it was out into the Masai Mara for the day. I wasn’t completely awake yet so had some trouble deciding which end should be in focus :-).


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