Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lake Manyara

After a great safari day, L and I woke up the next morning to the sound of really loud breathing. We opened the balcony doors and saw this right below:

Not at all the kind of buffalo that I'm used to, which are of the gentle, docile variety.

We left Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and made our way down to Lake Manyara, a smaller national park. Unlike Ngorongoro, where all the animals were concentrated in the center and almost posing for pictures, visiting Lake Manyara was probably more like a proper safari: we had to search for the animals.

It was a good thirty minutes or so before we saw them. First, the graceful impalas:

Nearby were baboons, who stay close to the impalas as a natural protection against predators like cheetahs and leopards:

This park had A LOT of giraffes, and it was my favorite animal to look at:

There were also many, many elephants. One gave us quite a scare, as it bounded towards our vehicle and swerved only at the last moment:

The others were not as scary:

There were also a lot of hippos:

And monkeys:

We unfortunately had to catch an early flight to Kampala the next day, so we had to leave the park after only a few hours. We spent the night at Arusha Coffee Lodge in Arusha, and as its name suggests, it is in the middle of a coffee plantation: