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ZE2G1068.jpgThis park is famous for it's Baobab trees.  It is a quiet place, a little off the beaten track, despite being quite close to Arusha. 

 

 

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On arrival at the Kuro airstrip we loaded our luggage into the open safari vehicle and we were off.  We drove along the airstrip and then turned.  Domenic, our guide, told us to hold on.  He pulled into the puddle in four wheel drive, the vehicle slanted a little, then a little more.  The tires spun, we slanted a little more and then we stopped.  We were definitely stuck!  So out we crawled. It took three guys, another truck and 20 minutes to get the vehicle horizontal again!   Welcome to the African bush! 

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Our lodging was a permanent tented campsite.  Here are our tents:

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Tasha loved the sun rises and was found on her front porch watching them every morning.

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Here is Anika walking to the mess tent from the tent she shared with Tasha.  You'll notice there is an elephant off in the distance.  No, there were no fences in this camp.  And on our first night we found this leopard jumping into a tree less than two kilometers from here. 

 

So there are strict rules about going out after dark - you must be accompanied.  (Apparently human-eating animals don't get hungry during the day.)  Read more.

 

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So what does one do on safari?  A lot of driving around.  Sometimes 10 hours of driving around.  Looking for interesting stuff.  These parks are big, and the animals move around, so it takes some work to find them.  Then when you find something, you sit around waiting for the resident photographers to get just the right photo.  Sometimes you sit waiting for the animals to do something. 

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A Few Mammalian Tarangire Residents (And One Reptilian):

 

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Vervet baby looking for Mom                                            Monitor lizard

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Elephants - the elephants in Tarangire look like they are red, because of the red soil in the park.

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Hartebeest                                                                          Waterbuck

Dikdik

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And Some Feathered Residents:

 

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The Lilac breast roller - Yannis' personal favorite bird

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Little bee Eater                                                                         Yellow-collared Lovebird

 

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Striped swallow                                                                          Helmeted guinea fowl

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                                                                                                     White bellied bustard

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Scheduled air carriers in the African bush - Yannis was in hog heaven.  From here we flew to Manyara and then drove to Ngorongoro Crater.

 

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