Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Enjoy First Day of Safari at Lake Manyara National Park
We hiked from the hotel to the parking lot in approximately 30 seconds this morning. Which was our climbing goal for the day. Then we shifted into Safari mode, driving out of Usa River at 8 AM. Saimon and Izach, our safari guides/drivers, had us through the outskirts of Arusha (population 2 million) and out into the arid countryside in about an hour. We cruised westward, watching Maasai tribesmen and boys moving cattle to water. By late morning we’d reached Lake Manyara National Park. We popped open the tops of our Landcruisers and stood up to search for wildlife. The park was a little sleepy today, but we saw elephants and giraffes, Cape buffalo and eagles. We drove along bumpy dirt roads through forest and occasional clearings to see impala and bushbucks, Dik Dik and vultures. We spied Hirax and banded mongoose, crowned cranes and baboons. There were monkeys galore. During the course of the day, we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the park. We looked up every tree for lions and leopards but came up a little empty on that score. Still it was a fine day of exploring. In the evening we drove out of the great Rift Valley and into the highlands to Karatu where the Plantation Lodge welcomed us with comfortable rooms and a delicious dinner. Tomorrow we’ll venture out for Ngorongoro Crater.
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