Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team’s Trek & Safari Comes to an End

Posted by: Jeff Martin | August 06, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo from Kikoti Camp,

We packed up this morning, left the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge and headed to Tarangire National Park. It is about a 2 hour drive from the crater rim, and by late morning we were already seeing the first of the many animals to come. Tarangire is the fifth largest park in Tanzania and it boasts over 3,000 resident elephants. It lived up to its reputation today and would guess that we saw at least 300 today.

Since there is only one main river running through the park, most of the animals are concentrated along this water source, especially in the dry season (June - September). Lots more of zebras, wildebeast, impala, and gazelle were seen, as well as a few lions. The safari drivers always talk to each other about what animals they have seen. Unfortunately, it has been at least two days since the last leopard has been seen. Maybe it will happen tomorrow….

We will spend a few hours game viewing in the morning before heading back to the Dik Dik Hotel and getting ready for our flights home.

This has been a really fun trip and we are sorry that it has to come to an end. Thanks to the entire team for making this a great adventure, and congratulations to all of you for reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Cheers to all and safe travels home.

RMI Guide Jeff Martin

Elephants at Tarangire National Park A baobab tree at Tarangire National Park

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