Our first Day's Experiences
03.06.2018 - 03.06.2018
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.
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.
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.
Even before we got to the park we saw animals - flies, cattle, goats, and burros
Jeremiah stopped at a Sunday market and picked up some BBQ for us to try.
Of course we were immediately surrounded by vendors selling trinkets.
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
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.
We saw the following at lunch
Then we entered the Tarangire National Park.
The first animals we saw were Impala
(herds of bachelors and some females but I only got a few photos)
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.
The three cheetahs did not like the attention they were getting so they sloped off to another patch of shade.
We also saw Elephants
A lot of giraffes
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)
And a troupe of baboons.
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.
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
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 started with celery soup, which both of us liked, and then chicken and rice and some vegetables (neither of us ate much veggies)
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.
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.