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Mawanga to Bashray Rift

June 4, 2018


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We had a wake-up call-which meant that they came to the tent and called to us as there were no phones.
Pathway in camp

Pathway in camp


It took two of them to get us in the wheelchair back down to breakfast.
Overlook in the morning

Overlook in the morning


Granddaughter's watermelon breakfast

Granddaughter's watermelon breakfast


They had good banana shaped pancakes (long and thin rather than round). I liked them even though they were usually not hot.
pancake for breakfast

pancake for breakfast


Then we picked our lunch from a buffet and loaded our luggage into the truck
loading the truck

loading the truck


Up to this point, my granddaughter had been using her cell phone for photos, but yesterday she discovered that a cell phone is not really adequate for wildlife, even as close as we would get. So she started using one of my cameras. Most of the photos of animals from here on are her photos taken with my camera with the 100-300 lens. I have a hard time using that camera as it is heavy and a day of using it gives me a sore neck.

We set off for Lake Manyara. On the way out we saw some more of the black and dark blue flags which they hang around the area treated with pesticide to kill the tsetse flies.
tsetse fly trap

tsetse fly trap


Flies were very bothersome yesterday and we used some of the OFF wipes. I looked up sleeping sickness on the internet and it said that untreated it was 100% fatal. I told Jeremiah and he said that since the symptoms were like malaria, it was often misdiagnosed

I saw a tsetse fly on the back of the headrest and tried to take a photo of it but it did not stand out very well against the red and black check.

We saw vultures,
my vulture photo

my vulture photo


my granddaughter's vulture photo

my granddaughter's vulture photo


and then crossed a river and saw an
African fish eagle

African fish eagle


a saddle-billed stork

a saddle-billed stork


I took a photo of one of the signs they have -the kind that the elephants can't tear up or push over (at least not easily)
Direction sign

Direction sign

Flowers

Flowers


We left the park and I tried to take some photos of how they grow corn - they put squash or sunflowers in between the rows. (My photos weren't very good). We saw some more Maasai herds
cattle

cattle

cattle

cattle


Maasai

Maasai


and then we went to Jeremiah's village.
Bananas

Bananas

Roadside market

Roadside market


He stopped to give his mother something where she was volunteering at a clinic, and showed us where he went to school, and he also bought a paper showing the con-joined twins dying. He also bought some red skinned bananas for us to try.
red skinned banana

red skinned banana


My granddaughter does not like bananas that much.

We saw more baboons
Baboons

Baboons

baboon

baboon


Baboon

Baboon


Baboon

Baboon


baboon

baboon


and impala and my granddaughter got some better photos of them.
Impala

Impala


impala

impala


impala

impala


impala

impala


impala

impala


impala

impala


impala

impala

Then we saw a pair of wart hogs,
wart hogs

wart hogs


wart hogs

wart hogs


and herds of zebra,
zebras

zebras

zebras

zebras


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wildebeest (Gnu)
Gnu

Gnu


Gnu

Gnu

The beard of the gnu

The beard of the gnu


and also the Cape buffalo - the ones where the males have the big horns. There were cattle egrets around them.
Buffalo herds

Buffalo herds

Buffalo

Buffalo


(These are not water buffalo-water buffalo are bigger, have bigger horns and are not as bad tempered so they are not as dangerous, having been domesticated. Plus water buffalo are from Asia and not Africa)

I took a couple of photos of termite mounds.
termite mound

termite mound


One of the roads we started down had been washed out so we had to turn around. .
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We stopped for a picnic lunch.
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I had potato salad, meat loaf sandwich (which they called roast beef), a hard boiled egg, something that was like a brownie, and ginger cookies
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On the way out of the park we saw a giraffe,
Giraffe

Giraffe


more baboons,
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The baboon baby eyes would roll up in his head so that the eyes were just white (like Orphan Annie), but we did not get a photo of that.
Baboon baby

Baboon baby


and some sweet elephants with two babies. One had no tusks and one had just little nubbins.
Elephants

Elephants

Elephant babies

Elephant babies

elephants

elephants

Elephants

Elephants


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Then we left that park and climbed the escarpment
View

View


and tonight we are at the Bashray Rift Lodge. We had a nice room
Bashray Rift bedroom

Bashray Rift bedroom


with a balcony, and I asked my granddaughter to go out and take a photo of the balcony. The door had a latch at the top and bottom and she was too short to reach, so she stood on her suitcase to open the top latch so she could get the photo.
balcony

balcony


bathroom

bathroom


Main room Bashray Rift

Main room Bashray Rift


We went up to the bar for dinner, but the dining room had four steps with no hand rails and I did not think I could do them, so they brought a table down and served our dinner in the bar.
Dinner table in the bar

Dinner table in the bar


It was very noisy because there was a group of 19 Italians having a meeting in the bar and doing a lot of cheering.
Italians meeting

Italians meeting


The appetizer was a stuffed tomato - stuffed with a soup I think.
Appetizer

Appetizer


Granddaughter with appetizer

Granddaughter with appetizer


Then we had meat and a kind of spinach and mashed potatoes in a shell which was bread crumbs.
dinner

dinner

Granddaughter at dinner

Granddaughter at dinner


There were lights above us which attracted moths, and one of them fell on my granddaughter's plate. I told her it was more protein (as a joke), but she texted her mother that she had not seen me eat any of them.
I had to go up to the bar to sent emails. The internet was excruciatingly slow and I cannot get AOL to come up at all

Posted by greatgrandmaR 11:52 Archived in Tanzania

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Love the elephant babies, and cute photo of the baboon baby too!

by ToonSarah

Thank you. The baboon baby eyes would roll up in his head so that the eyes were just white (like Orphan Annie), but I did not get a photo of them.

by greatgrandmaR

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