Rube and I were up early and ready, the problem was the safari company was not. So, we passed most of the early morning at Othman’s office at the Bank of Tanzania.
The Safari manager arrives, and shortly thereafter so does the jeep and Chester, our safari leader.
We are on our way.
We arrive at Lake Manyara National Park. The lake, itself is about 3,000 feet above sea level. The property includes high cliffs (low mountains) which reach to about 4,800 feet. The lake is an alkaline (salt) lake which flamingoes love.
Soon these zebras appear close to us.
I love how zebras, wildebeests and elephants just happily co-exist with one another.
More elephants appear before us.
We were learning that you have to look in every direction as often as possible. So many animals are about.
Our afternoon with animals in Lake Manyara is coming to a close. This was five hours of intense animal watching. So much fun.
As we head out to the road to drive to Karatu, for night, this mound of red soil bathed in the very late afternoon sun greeted us.
When we arrived in Karatu, I commented to my fellow travellers, if I lived here I would be sure my home was earth colored. It would be almost impossible to keep it clean otherwise.