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May 14, 2018 - Lake Manyara National Park

Today we went to the park but there was much flooding. We tried to get to several sreas but the roads were washed out. Therevwas so much rushing water! Instead we went to the local market innthe village. We went to the vegetable and grain and house hold areas. Then wevwent tobthe tourist and craft sreas ehere we were hoiunded bu salrsmen! No money today! We returned dor lunch at the hotrl. I opted for an afternoon at the pool and seam a few timed. Mona and Cindy joined me and we had Kikimanjaro beers. Early dinner and off for a night safari...

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Safari in Tanzania

May 13, 2018 - Lake Manyara National Park

Today we traveled to Lake Manyara National Park. It took a couple of hours but Adam drove sliwly. We arrived at 11:30. We are staying at Lake Manyara Serena Hotel, overlooking the Lake. It has been raining here so there is lots of mud. We we ate lunch at the lodge and went on a game drive. We saw zebras, wildebeest, baboons and hippos!!! Lots of other monkeys were around including the blue ball. We returned to the lodge at 6:00, watched the acrobatic show at the pool, ate a nice dinner, and slept soundly.

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Safari in Tanzania

Oct 10, 2013 - Day 15 Kilimanjaro – Lake Manyara

Morning came early and shortly after 9:00am we were on our way to Arusha town and then on to Lake Manyara. First stop was a great little store where we made some souvenir purchases. John pointed out the perfect T-shirt for me that says ‘Shida Happens’ – you can imagine what it says in English! And the best part of all, it is in my neon green, how perfect is that. Next stop is to pick up Livingston and head out of town. The drive to Lake Manyara is the same direction as Tarangire and you guessed it, we are in for more ‘African’ massages as...

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Jun 25, 2011 - Final day of the safari

i just want to mention, theres a stereotype of the weather being blazing hot here. i will say it is the end of the "winter season", but everyone kept telling me id be coming home black, cause its hot, and we are closer to the equator here, etc. YOU WERE WRONG. i still have 7 days left in africa, but yesterday was the first day i wore a short sleeve shirt because of “heat” and that wasnt until around noon. it hasnt been any warmer than the low 70s since ive been here and really its been actually a little chilly in the mornings and evenings,...

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HYBRID REALITY

Jun 24, 2011 - Hyena kill and the beginning of Lake Manyara

The 2nd full day of our safari began today as we headed out to lake manyara, which is about 90 mins from ngorongoro crater park. i must mention, i slept the longest ive ever slept in years! fell asleep before 10pm last night and didnt get up until 8am this morning. Thats rare for me… we ate breakfast (it was decent), and headed to lake manyara with the fellas (gene, uncle d, mr/grandpa ellis, and our guide imani). On the way saw about 50 baboons along the road. then about 20 mins from our destination, we had a crazy experience! Me and gene...

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HYBRID REALITY

Dec 29, 2009 - Good Morning Africa

When I woke this morning, I wasn't sure what to expect. John was the driver that transferred me to the hotel yesterday, and by that measure I should have known that everyone would be great. After the welcome meeting we all loaded up into Toyota landcruisers. I must say they take a beating and keep on going. The road into and out of the airport and hotel are dirt,the main road is asphalt. Our first safari park is also dirt. I will try not to overwhelm you with animal pictures, as I am snapping a lot of pictures. We have seen baboons,...

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Jul 6, 2009 - Safari Vehicles

Safari Vehicles are not manufactured from start to finish at a factory. Vehicles such as Land Cruisers are retrofitted to make them suitable for the harsh conditions of the often-bumpy dirt roads to and in the national parks and reserves. They are also 4WD as the roads are often very muddy during the rainy season. During the 3 plus weeks, we used three separate and slightly different safari vehicles for the two safaris. Seats: Our vehicles held 5 passenger seats in the main passenger area. The 5th seat and front passenger seat always held...

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Jul 6, 2009 - Dressed in our official safari duds (beige), we’re finally off!

We, successfully this time, met with Kemmy and Abu, our driver guide (for the first 3 days) around 8:30am. By 9:15 we were officially “on safari” even if the first hour was spent dealing with Arusha traffic. We made stops to change money and to buy special drinks (which turned out to be totally unnecessary). We had several kilometers of slow-and-go to attain highways speeds once outside the Arusha metro area. Today’s destination was Lake Manyara National Park (NP), which we reached in time to join several other safari groups for lunch at...

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Mar 1, 2009 - Safari in Lake Manyara National Park

We are back in Arusha after four great days on safari! And once again, i'm writing a journal entry in the evening from the rooftop restaurant and bar at the Arusha Backpackers Hotel. We had a long day, but as we are leaving again tomorrow morning to begin our trek up to the summit of Mount Meru, Tanzania's second highest mountain behind Mount Kilimanjaro, we are keeping a tight schedule. Given I want to go to bed shortly, i'll try and keep my summary of today's goings-on brief. We awoke shortly after 7 a.m. at the Twiga Campsite. Shortly...

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Break From the Law

Jan 6, 2009 - Last full day on tour and a farewell dinner.

Well, today is our last day on tour, tomorrow we leave for Dar-es-Salaam. But today we had a day of leisure. I slept late. YES! Some are taking the snorkeling tour and others are just planting themselves by the pool or the beautiful beach. I am suffering from a heat rash caused by the malaria medicine. Oh well. I must stay out of the sun. This resort is so spread out that the hotel has golf carts to get slow pokes like me around. Very accommodating. This evening we have a farewell party, Karin roasted us and it got very emotional. It is...

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Jan 2, 2009 - Up, up, and away!!! Ballooning over the Serengeti!

Today started out very early with a 430am wake up call. But it was worth it. Still dark, we start out to the balloon launch site. En route the land cruiser in front of us has a flat tire. Worse yet, the jack slips so everyone had to get out of the car making me very nervous, as we were parked next to high grass. We arrive safely with the sun just making it self known. The balloons are positioned and ready to be inflated. Vic, our pilot, gives us instructions about boarding the basket. The basket holds 16 passengers plus the pilot and the...

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Dec 30, 2008 - Masai Village

Today we visit a Masai Village. Erasto has dressed in his Masai garb and we go to visit a village. Here we see dancing by the women and men in separate groups. Watch spear throwing and visit a school room. A Chief welcomes us and we visit a mud hut. At the conclusion of our visit a little market in the center of the compound is open for business.

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