Mt. Kilimanjaro: The team visits Lake Manyara

Posted by: Casey Grom | September 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

On our first day of safari we headed south to Lake Manyara, which is know for its colorful flamingos and tree climbing lions. It wasn’t long before we spotted our first of many elephants to come. In fact we stopped just short of a mother and her baby and watched them cross between our two safari vehicles. It was surreal to see them so close and feel as if we could almost touch them, while they barely noticed us. We then headed off to our normal lunch spot but had to find another place as several lions had beaten us there. We think we counted 5 all together, two young males and a few females, but it was a little tough to tell as they were trying to stay cool in the bush.

After a nice hot meal provide by our traveling chef Michael, we headed off to see other animals and a quick visit to the hippo pond. Along the way we spotted a huge Monitor (giant lizard) in a creek and spotted many zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, bush bucks, and a few warthogs too.

All in all it was a pretty rewarding first day on safari.

We are spending the night overlooking the lake in a nice tented camp called Kirurumu. Everyone is doing great and excited for what tomorrow might bring.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Mom & baby elephant - Photo: Casey Grom Hiding lions - Photo: Casey Grom Safari Lunch - Photo: Casey Grom Dinner at the Kirurumu - Photo: Casey Grom

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Incredible. What an experience…but come home now. Can’t wait to see pictures.

Posted by: Tiff on 9/12/2013 at 3:07 pm

WOW!!  What an awesome day!  Thanks for putting up the pictures. Can’t wait for the stories..

Posted by: Tracy O. on 9/12/2013 at 2:34 pm

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