Lake Manyara

We woke up early Friday morning and met our safari guide, Raphael. Our first destination, Lake Manyara; a serene lake filled with flamingos, hippos, and an assortment of birds you don’t see in the U.S. The drive was a few hours long and along the way I saw groups of Maasai people, fully garbed in their traditional African clothing walking along the side of the road. Their faces were painted with white stripes and they even had spears in their hand. There is a jungle surrounding the lake that we did our first trek through. There were baboons everywhere! They were the most common animal we saw. The jungle was very lush so it was hard to spot animals deep within. We did eventually see a few wandering zebras…

Just one more zebra, and this could have been the new Beatles album cover.

a family of elephants…

towering giraffes…

World’s Tallest Mammal

and a whole fleet of different birds.
This was only day one of four different safaris. This was like the appetizer for the four course meal.

After the trek, we arrived at our camping ground stop for the night.

Our campsite at the Serena Lodge. The blue tent is mine.

The camp was in the middle of a resort of sorts. After dinner, some of the locals put on a performance for us. Almost like a circus, they were dancing, flipping, and performing quick tricks to the rhythmic beating of bongos.

Afterwards, a few of us gathered in one of the big tents where I taught everyone how to play “Cheers Governor”, a social drinking game I learned from my housemates in Muizenberg. It turned out to be a great night, except for the fact that my coughing was getting worse. During the day I’m okay, but once night hits I cough up a storm and it’s hard to fall asleep. Katie (Alberta, Canada) and I watched Toy Story 3 outside by the pool where I finally managed to fall asleep. We have to wake up early tomorrow to make our way to the famous Serengeti!

The biggest termite mound I have ever seen!

Author: Adventure Born

I'm Daniel. A cereal lovin', traveling machine from Michigan on a solo journey around the world, documenting and sharing my unexpected tales from abroad. My aim is to inspire people like YOU to discover your very own adventures. The world is truly too big not to explore it!

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