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Day 3 – Lake Manyara Game Drive

OMG!

This was only  the 3rd Game drive and what a day we had!  We couldn’t believe we get to have 7 more days of this.  We  had breakfast at the lodge, then left the tented lodge which was just awesome..and then headed out to start our journy to our next location. 

Here is a picture of us with some of the Masai employees before we took off. 

We just couldn’t imagine that our trip can get any better at this point!  We got in the car to leave and saw three black backed jackals lying on the road only drive a few more yards to see a group of banded mongoose sunning themselves on a big rock.  This is going to be a Great Day!  We headed to the Lake Manyara National park for a game drive with a picnic lunch.

 We traveled to a rain forest via the town of Mosquito Springs, a small farming community made up of people from every tribe in Africa.  It is a very busy little town that is well known for its banana production.  We stopped to get fuel where some locals came to the car to sell some of their wares and a few of us bought some trinkets. 

 

We stopped a small center for the rainforest where we were given some of the bananas our guide bought from Mosquito Springs which was almost ripped from our hands by an aggressive blue monkey.  We took a quick “technical break” (what we refer to a restroom break during a safari drive) and then Augustine gave us a quick introduction to the park and how the area was created.

 

 

Then back in our Safari Vehicles and off we go.  So much happened this day..
and lots of babies.  Here is a picture of Shelley, LuAnn and Michelle in their vehicle…(and Shelley is taking a picture of us). 

 

 

 

 

We saw Baboons, not just one or two, but a whole family.  For the first few hours it seemed everywhere we turned there were baboons.  And lots of babies!  At one stop we heard two teenagers fighting, we saw the adult male run to stop the fight, and we saw two males running around and chasing each other for at least 5 minutes.  

 

 

Okay..then after the TONS of Baboons and Monkeys…we were driving and saw wildebeest, zebras, hippos and giraffes but they were pretty far away.   Then we saw a wart hog with its piglets!   The babies ran off and when mom didn’t follow they came running back to her side.

 

 

 

 

All day we kept saying we want to see a leopard….and minutes after talking about it again and asking our driver  if they are in the trees or in the ground — our other truck was stopped and there it was in a big bayabob tree ahead!

After leaving the leopard, Stacey literally said “now we need to see a lion” and there they were!  We were all so excited and were pleasantly surprised when we rounded the bend to find three young cubs up in a tree.  They were about 6-8 months old.  What luck it was and according to our guide this was a very unusual thing to see.  The first youngster jumped down quickly but the other two remained up in the tree and watch the show of all of the safari vehicles coming to see them. 

 

 

We finally agreed to leave the lion cubs and Stacey said, “now we just need to find some elephants for Shelly”.  And there they were!   We were suprised when the car in front did not even stop to see them.  Then we realized why… there were about 40+ elephants just a little further up the road.  They were slowly moving and a few of them were demonstrating their strength and (play) fighting in the pond.  There were some elephants so close we thought we could reach out and touch them.  One of the babies was less than 2 weeks old.

 

 

 


Ok…this shot is of course by me (Stacey).  It is of me,  Dawn, Trina and Brian.  She was am using my new xmas gift..holding the camera out.  The point was to show how close we were to the elephants…as you can see I did not get the elephants in the picture very well..but you can see a leg or two in the background. 

 

Other animals at Lake Manyara included:  Hippos, red billed hornbill, wildebeest, crested crown crane, nile monitor lizard, giraffe, cape buffalos in the distance and flamingos.

After a long, great day we went back to the hotel where they had spa services and a great eternity pool with a bar that was poolside… ahhh.

Skyping with Stacey’s mom and dad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Manyara Game Drive

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Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Lake Manyara - Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

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4 Responses to Day 3 – Lake Manyara Game Drive

  1. MOM

    really enjoyed all the pictures of the four legged and two legged animals.

  2. Ann Russell

    Stacey – these pics are incredible. Thanks for taking us along on your trip to Africia. See you next week!
    Ann

  3. barbara

    What amazing pictures, but the experience – all you had to do was ask and there they were! – this is truly a trip of a life time – I’m so excited for you!

    • smagee

      Can’t wait to tell you about it. This definitely needs to be on your list soon.

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