I was definitely looking forward to a day of sitting down and doing nothing but
looking out the window. Got just that in the back of a Toyota LandCruiser modified
with a pop-top for game viewing. After about 6 hours in the truck (most of which
was on rough, organ-bouncing roads) we got to Lake Manyara and past the guard at
the gate that carried an automatic rifle over his shoulder. Right off the bat we
saw warthogs, monkeys, and baboons. The monkeys were grooming each other and the
baboons were humpin' in the road! Not long after there were elephants all
around. Pretty freakin' wild. A couple families of elephants crossed right in
front of our LandCruiser with a baby elephant in the middle of the bigger ones.
They were huge and I couldn't belief how close we were to them! Out into a field
where giraffes were lumbering about pretty close. In the distance were tons of
impalas and zebras too.
Lots of different birds around, even one that looked like a flying mustache! We
stopped near the lake and there were three elephants with the lake right behind
them, and some big ridges behind the lake. Could've spent all day there and
seemed almost surreal. We were watching some elephants in front of the truck
when all of a sudden one came charging from the side. Just as he was about 10
feet away our driver, Max, realized what was going on and got out of there real
fast! Seeing so many animals and most of them so close was way more than I
expected. Little did I know that it would be like that for the next couple days
Twiga camp was under water so we drove out of the park and up high on a ridge
that overlooked the lake to another camp. Definitely different coming into a
camp with 12 foot barbwire fences around to keep the animals out! Waking up the
next morning and overlooking the lake while the sun came up I was thinking how
cool it would be to hear some animals. Almost on cue, there was an elephant way
off in the distance.
Schweeeet Ass!; Another elephant
Giraffes; Uumm, more elephants!
Yep, an elephant; A pissed off elephant charging our truck
Gazelles; Elephant, a lake, and ridges, Pretty cool