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Chasing Cheetahs in Tarangire National Park

Our first Day's Experiences


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I woke up at 6:45 and repacked the red duffle bag so I could leave the big wheelie bag at Rivertrees, and just take the red duffle. I would have had to go to the reception to use the internet and I just did not have the energy. I walked to breakfast.
Rivertrees grounds

Rivertrees grounds


It was almost farther than I could manage, and then when I got there it was a buffet. I just could not do it. So they brought me an omelet.
Breakfast at Rivertrees

Breakfast at Rivertrees


Our driver arrived (Jeremiah or Jerry for short), and we loaded into his vehicle (a Land Cruiser), and started off. Until about noon we were on real roads and watching life in Africa from the windows including one photo that I got of a guy giving someone the finger. My granddaughter noticed him and told me to look at the photos that I had taken from the truck.
Who is he giving the finger to?

Who is he giving the finger to?


Traffic

Traffic


Selling furniture by the roadside

Selling furniture by the roadside

Camel Oil station

Camel Oil station


Roadside market

Roadside market

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IMG_1099.JPGRoadside market

Roadside market

Crossing sign

Crossing sign


roadside stores and Maasai

roadside stores and Maasai


Even before we got to the park we saw animals - flies, cattle, goats, and burros
Maasai cattle

Maasai cattle


Donkeys at Sunday market

Donkeys at Sunday market


Jeremiah stopped at a Sunday market and picked up some BBQ for us to try.
Sunday market

Sunday market


Sunday market

Sunday market


Of course we were immediately surrounded by vendors selling trinkets.
Vendor at the van window

Vendor at the van window


One of them was offering 5 necklaces for $10 and my granddaughter was interested, so I told him we would pay $1.00 for five necklaces. Eventually we settled on 5 for $5.00
Cultural Heritage Museum sign

Cultural Heritage Museum sign


Cultural Heritage Museum

Cultural Heritage Museum


Local airport

Local airport


Candelabra tree (really a great big cactus)

Candelabra tree (really a great big cactus)


Ebony carvings

Ebony carvings

Souvenir shop

Souvenir shop


We also stopped at a regular store to use the bathroom. I had purchased a Tanzanite ring for my granddaughter for her 16th birthday some time previous, so I wasn't interested in buying any more, which I think was a disappointment to them. Jeremiah stopped and picked up lunch boxes - My granddaughter's was marked - no cashews.
lunch box

lunch box

eating lunch

eating lunch


We saw the following at lunch
red-billed hornbill

red-billed hornbill

IMG_1125.JPGDiverse Cymru Kenyan starling

Diverse Cymru Kenyan starling

Starling in flight

Starling in flight

Whiteheaded kingfisher

Whiteheaded kingfisher

White-headed buffalo weaver

White-headed buffalo weaver

one of the few monkeys we saw

one of the few monkeys we saw


Then we entered the Tarangire National Park.
Baobab Tree

Baobab Tree

The first animals we saw were Impala
large_IMG_1134.JPGImpala

Impala


(herds of bachelors and some females but I only got a few photos)
vulture nests

vulture nests


Then we saw a bunch of vehicles clustered and Jeremiah spoke to some of the other guides, and there were several cheetahs resting in the shade.
IMG_1144.JPGCheetahs

Cheetahs

Cheetah

Cheetah


The three cheetahs did not like the attention they were getting so they sloped off to another patch of shade.
palm trees

palm trees

We also saw Elephants
Elephant in tall grass

Elephant in tall grass


Elephant with a baby

Elephant with a baby

Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

Elephant from behind

Elephant from behind


A lot of giraffes
IMG_1151.JPGGiraffes

Giraffes


Giraffes

Giraffes


Giraffe

Giraffe


Giraffe

Giraffe


Giraffe

Giraffe


My granddaughter saw a water buck in the distance and we saw a zebra in the distance
Two herds of ostrich (I was surprised to see ostriches)
IMG_1171.JPGOstriches

Ostriches


And a troupe of baboons.
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Baboons

Baboons

Baboons

Baboons

Baboon family

Baboon family

The camp had these flags to capture tsetse flies which are supposed to be attracted to blue and black. They put insecticide on the flags. I do not know what scientific study has been done to determine that those are the colors that the tsetse flies like. It does not seem logical to me.
Tsetse fly trap

Tsetse fly trap


It was about sunset when we got to Mawenga Camp and I went out on the rock to take a photo of it. I had to be helped back
firepit to see sunset

firepit to see sunset

Sunset from Mawenga Camp

Sunset from Mawenga Camp


We spent the night at Mawenga Camp. I sent emails from the bar as that is where there is internet. Jeremiah has got a wheelchair for me to use which is a godsend although the paths here are not very wheelchair friendly.
dinner table

dinner table


Dinner started with celery soup, which both of us liked, and then chicken and rice and some vegetables (neither of us ate much veggies)
dinner

dinner

Granddaughter at dinner

Granddaughter at dinner


And finished with what was called mango tart, but was a piece of pie crust with mango sauce, which I thought was OK but my granddaughter did not like. We got water to drink and it was $2.00.
Mango tart

Mango tart


Then two people had to push the wheelchair up to the tent. They zipped us in. No mosquito nets, but we had to keep zipped up so animals did not get in. I edited some photos and went to bed.
IMG_1193.JPGMawenga Camp.

Mawenga Camp.


Bathroom in  Mawenga Camp.

Bathroom in Mawenga Camp.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 10:40 Archived in Tanzania Tagged elephant tanzania cheetah baboons ostrich tarangire impala roadside_market mawenga_camp

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Seeing three cheetahs on your first day is really excellent!

by ToonSarah

Yes it was. They were all together, so it was not three separate sightings, but still excellent as our guide said that sometimes he would go a whole year and not see any

by greatgrandmaR

Apparently the guy didn't like tourists..or to be photographed..

Was the BBQ you get to taste good?

I have tribal women and giraffe statue but I doubt that they are ebony, albeit they look similar :)

by hennaonthetrek

The BBQ was OK - it wasn't Cordon Bleu quality.

I don't know how the guy could know I was photographing him - we were in a vehicle which was moving fairly briskly.

by greatgrandmaR

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