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Oct 16, 2016 - Tarangire National Park

Today is our last day of safari-ing in Tanzania. I frankly wasn’t expecting much beyond our drive yesterday ... lots of elephants, zebras, wildebeest, Grant’s gazelles, and some giraffes, warthogs, etc. ... but we did well. As we drove along the huge swamp we came across 2 leopards feeding on an impala, and watched the scene for some time. Further along the swamp we also saw 3 lions drinking at the water’s edge, and resting. This area, in addition to being home to a large population of elephants, is a tsetse fly haven. Where humans & tsetse...

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Oct 15, 2016 - To Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Today we have an easy drive to Tarangire. Once we get off the crater we are on excellent paved roads until the park entrance. Our collective butts are happy. On the way, Filbert talks about the Lake Manyara area being famous for red bananas. He stops to buy us a bunch. They are excellent, a little milder & sweeter tasting than our regular bananas. We stop at the Lake Manyara lookout point. Really not too much to look at, and the kids hawking souvenirs are pretty aggressive. It is super dry as we hit the park & it takes Filbert 1/2 hour to...

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Nov 1, 2015 - Tangire National Park

Tanzania has set aside about 25% of its territory as protected land to preserve their wild animals. The parts where people have not been living are national parks. Various agreements have been made to reach compromises with the people living on the rest of the protected land and the animals they are trying to protect. The imposing Masai warrior who took us on a hike yesterday was accused of killing seven lions with a spear last spring to protect his herd of cows. More accurately his whole village participated in the kill and he was one of...

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Oct 31, 2015 - overland to Tanzania

As we exited Amboseli, we were accosted once again by the ever present vendors. Having learned how to say no - hapana - was somewhat helpful. But we did pay $1 to take a photo of a woman with long hanging ear lobes, festooned with her beaded work. It is not clear if they truly believe that we take a bit of their spirit with us when we photograph them, but with $1 in the equation, everyone was happy. The road to the border was bone jarring at every speed - might as well drive fast. We left our Kenyan driver Sam behind and walked to the...

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Oct 16, 2013 - off to find big cats

We are up and heading out to the Serengetti today where we will be spending 2 nights in a mobil tented camp... Ought to be interesting! It's a long way out to the camp but we are searching for animals specifically big cats along the way. We had lots of luck seeing: Giraffe, Hyena, Gazelle and Impalas, Warthog, Kori Bustard (bird), Topi, Ostriches, Hartbeast, Cheetah, Maribou Stork, and Hippos. So we got one of the big cats! We did make a few stops along our drive today to the Oldpai Gorge (sight of the oldest human remains) - there's not...

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Oct 15, 2013 - greener pastures and the lake

We head out early this morning again (8am) and are making our way to Lake Manyara in the Great Rift Vally. We are visiting a Masai village this morning along the way, where they will show us the competition dance (again) and let us walk around their village and show us inside on of their houses. It's quite interesting to see inside these small looking mud huts..it's almost black inside (no windows because of the mosquitos) but eventually your eyes adjust plus our guide has a flashlight to help navigate around. After lots of photos, and a...

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Oct 14, 2013 - heading out to Tarangire National Park

We're up down for breakfast (which was just fine by the way) and meet our group at 8am. We have 4 others with us, a couple Jane and Dave from Des Moines Iowa, and 2 friends Joan and Ann from Minnesota. We pile into the jeep and head out to stock up with water and snacks at the local grocery store. Then off (3 hour drive) to Tarangire National Park for an afternoon game drive. The roads out to the park are only so so, some parts good and new, others bumpy and dusty. They are building new paved roads into the park which will be great, but...

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Oct 12, 2013 - A Room With a View...er...Zoo

"Where are the other people for the safari?", I asked our guide/driver Alex. "This is it, it's you two and me for the next week". We signed up for a safari in Tanzania which included Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. We thought we would be with a group of people but, as Alex said it is only Rita and me on the trip. This has proved to be a good thing as Alex has been able to customize the tour to our needs and wants. Our first nights accommodation was a tented camp which means permanent tents set up...

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Aug 8, 2013 - Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

This 525 square mile park is located on the Great North Road, 70 miles from Arusha. A wild and unspoiled region, Tarangire is noted for its unearthly baobab trees, known otherwise as the Tree of Life, living hundreds of years and thought to be the first trees of creation by the Maasai. Tarangire is considered one of the finest game parks in Africa, a wild and unspoiled region of splendid vistas, rolling savannahs and old acacia woodlands. We saw our first cheetah's in the wild as we entered the park; two siblings sitting on a rock sunning...

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Feb 11, 2010 - Tarangire

We were up early and on the road - but first got a nice view of Mount Kilimanjaro - little did we realize that it seldom is out of the clouds this time of year and was a real treat to see it so clearly. Thomson Safari provided the support for our trip - they were great - great guides, great camps, great food and great naturalists! Would highly recommend them. Tarangire National Park is about 5 hour drive - southwest from Kilimanjaro Airport. It is the newest national park and is famous for two features - baobab trees and elephants. We had...

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2010 Tanzania Trip

Nov 17, 2005 - Tarangire

We met David Coulson from TARA (Trust for African Rock Art, www.africanrockart.org) at the breakfast. He was our guide for the visit at the Kolo rock art site and briefed us about African rock art. At lunch we went to Wilson airport again, but now for Air Kenya scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. However, it turned out that only we three were going to fly so it was a Cessna again, but a twin-engined 406. We were going to pass Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 m) but the top was covered with clouds, However we could see...

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Aug 4, 2005 - Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Today was a long and busy day travelling. We left around 7:30am from Amboseli to drive to the Tanzanian Border to clear immigration and customs. Once thru The border, we drove to Arusha, Tanzania to have lunch and fly to Lake Manyara. Arusha is Tanzania's largest city. We had lunch at a pretty nice hotel then went to the Cultural heritage center to do some shopping. We then hopped on a whopping 18 minute flight to Lake Manyara. The view here is really pretty of the lake as we were higher up on a Mountain to see the spectacular view. The...

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