- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
My first two recaps can be found here:
My last recap left off at the gates of Lake Manyara game reserve. This was a smaller park and we were able to see most of it in a few hours. This was a completely different landscape because there is permanent water there. We entered the park and it was almost jungle like. There were monkeys in the trees all over the place. It was really cool to drive only about 3 hours away and end up somewhere so different. The lake was amazing as well, there were thousands of flamingos as far as the eye could see. We found 3 lions resting in the trees (which is fairly rare). Lions usually stay on the ground.
So here are the pictures from Lake Manyara (warning ahead of time, this recap is Baboon heavy).
Baboon mom relaxing:
Blue Tail Monkey (I think) in a tree:
Baboon mom & baby
While we were watching the baboons, our driver got a call on the radio about lions in a tree. We sped off to the other side of the park to see them. We watched the lions for probably an hour or so and have hundreds of pictures of them. I’ve narrowed it down to 2 for you:
After leaving the lions, we stopped to take some photos of the massive number of flamingos in the lake:
Me with our amazing driver:
While we were having lunch Darling Husband captured this awesome photo of flamingoes taking off:
Further down the road, we found some elephants and watched for a while. One of the babies started nursing while we were watching. I was very surprised that elephants nurse from the front!
Gotta love those baby elephants:
A heard of elephants in the trees:
Then we ran into a curious giraffe:
A hawk watching from the trees:
We also saw our first wildebeest up close. I swear, they look like something Dr. Seuss created:
Birds flying in the African Sky:
Here’s what our driver guide would call a “very rich male” Impala. All those females with him are “his”.
Then we came across a troupe (?) of baboons just been baboons. Having been a biology major in college it was very interesting just watching their behaviors and really how similar we are to them:
Here’s a mother baboon breast feeding her baby:
Then she was joined by a male:
A baboon having a drink:
“But MOM, I don’t *want* my ears cleaned!”
We then headed out of the park. As we got closer to the park gate we heard all this raucous screeching and barking. There was a huge group of baboons fighting. Trying to keep new males from encroaching on their territory:
After that excitement, we headed up the road towards the Ngorongoro Crater and to our hotel for the evening.
One look back at Lake Manyara:
The road up to our hotel:
Our suite at the Plantation Lodge:
That’s probably more than enough for one recap (and I’m impressed if you got all the way here)! Next up will be our day in Ngorongoro Crater. As a teaser, we saw a lion eating a kill, so there may be some more disturbing images in the next recap but I was just so amazed to see it all.
Also, if there are any animals you want to see more of let me know, we have SO many photos I’m just trying to narrow it down for the purpose of recaps.