We stayed in two safari lodges during this part of the trip. The first was Tarangire Safari Lodge located inside the national park. The accomodations here were tent cabins with zippered screens. There were vervet monkeys living nearby (in the tree across the path from my tent cabin) that like to steal food if it is left out. The lodge has a pool and a large patio with an expansive view across the plains of Tarangire.
Tarangire National Park
This park was characterized by mostly wide-open grassy plains with areas of thicker trees.
Yellow collared lovebirds, male impalas, elephants
Posing lions, elephants with young
my tent cabin and dining room at Tarangire Safari Lodge, waterbuck
lion resting in shade, male and female ostrich, lilac-breasted roller
sign at the lodge and more scenes from the park
giraffe watching us, and more of the lodge
mongooses on a termite mound
giraffe with young
young elephants playing
vervet monkeys and babies on beach
|Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park contains a large lake that is somewhat alkaline, and the part of the park we drove through was mostly jungle with heavy trees and brush.
Our safari vehicle, baboons
blue monkey, hippos, zebra (one laying down is not dead!)
wildebeest, flamingos in Lake Manyara, large beast on the road
Lake Manyara Lodge, view of the lake from the lodge
Ngorongoro Crater is a large crater of an extinct volcano. The crater is around 2000 feet deep from its rim, and the floor of the crater is flat and grassy with very few trees. There are several lakes in the crater. The crater walls present a barrier to some of the animals, keeping them in the crater.
Ngorongoro Crater entrance station, view from crater overlook, Thomson's gazelles
Zebra with young, black rhino, lion seeking shade
jackals and hyenas hanging around the zebra kill, young male lion
buffalo disturbing the lions at their kill, lion seeking shade, another rhino behind wildebeest
jackal chewing bone
lions eating zebra kill, buffalo getting close, jackal hanging around
more activity around the zebra kill including a brief lion fight