After arriving in Arusha, Tanzania late on Saturday the 19th Feb. we set off, not too early, the next morning, with a lovely couple from Wales, a very entertaining man from London and our guide Wilson. For me the excitement started almost straight away, having never set foot in Africa before the anticipation was a bit higher than wondering what might be on the lake at the castle!! The drive took us through Arusha and about 2-3 hours to our first destination, Lake Manyara. Along the way Wilson stopped and pointed out Augur Buzzard, a Black Chested Snake Eagle and Yellow Billed Stork to name a few, a quick stop to get our entry tickets produced my first Bateleur of the trip. We dropped off our stuff and had lunch in Kirurumu tented Lodge, here there were the colourfully named Scarlet Chested Sunbird and an African Paradise Flycatcher.
Once in the park we were greeted by Olive Baboons and Blue Monkeys which were reasonably inquisitive!
|Blue Monkey - Lake Manyara|
|The view from our Tented Lodge over Lake Manyara|