Safari (May 9 – 12)   1 comment

Safari

Since we took so many photographs on this Safari, we have put them all into a slide show at the bottom. There are around 60 pictures, so it might be a good way to pass time at work.

Lake Manyara

Our safari began with scenic Lake Manyara. This large salt water lake is surrounded by lush forest and small plains. Here we saw many animals all congregated in a small area, perfect for a short game drive and introduction to the area.

Serengeti

The second two days of our trip were spent in the Serengeti. When you imagine Africa this is what you think of. While this park has a vast array of landscapes, the most impressive was the large sea of grass that stretches for miles in every direction punctuated with the occasional granite rock island or lone acacia tree. On these plains were thousands upon thousands of zebra and wildebeest. During our stay there we saw a wide variety of animals including lions, leopards, hippos and many different types of antelope. It was amazing seeing the kilometer long lines of hundreds of wildebeest beginning their annual migration to follow the rains.

Ngorongoro Crater

The third night of our safari was spent on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano, where we had a spectacular view. That night we camped in a grass field which is apparently grazing ground for water buffalo because they kept us up half the night munching the grass around our tent. Worried that we would spook them and start a stampede or mauling frenzy Magan and I laid perfectly still and let them go about their grazing. The next morning we descended into the crater which contains large grass fields surrounding a soda lake (full of flamingos) with small patches of forest. This crater creates a micro-environment where all the animals live in close proximity. Although the animals can move over the steep cater walls they prefer to stay there due to the year round supply of water and green grass. Here there were many lions as well as a few black rhinos.

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One response to “Safari (May 9 – 12)

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  1. Awesome Blog! I’ve enjoyed keeping up with you guys. Hope you both are doing well. Safe travels.

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