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Central Serengeti from Ronjo Camp

June 6, 2018


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When we got up it was cold and our lights were still not on so it was hard to see. There were "windows" in the tent. If you unzipped and unvelcroed the canvas flaps over the windows, you could look out through the screens that covered the openings.
View from the toilet through the screen

View from the toilet through the screen


Bar tent from our tent

Bar tent from our tent


At breakfast we got eggs -my granddaughter got hers with a hard yolk this time. And toast and there was watermelon and pineapple and pancakes on the buffet. I think there was also cold cereal.
Breakfast

Breakfast

large_IMG_1531.JPGGranddaughter at breakfast buffet

Granddaughter at breakfast buffet


Wheelchair

Wheelchair

Path from bar to restaurant

Path from bar to restaurant


Lion paw prints

Lion paw prints

taking a photo of the lion paw print

taking a photo of the lion paw print

Giraffe's near the camp

Giraffe's near the camp

Giraffe face

Giraffe face


Ox peckers on a giraffe

Ox peckers on a giraffe


hawk

hawk

So today we saw three different leopards which completes the 'big five' (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo).
First leopard

First leopard


Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

I spotted a serval cat,
Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

and we saw baboons, wart hog, guinea fowl,
Baboons

Baboons

Baboons

Baboons


Wart hog

Wart hog


crested guinea

crested guinea


Milkweed

Milkweed


Red Lechwe Antelope

Red Lechwe Antelope

Red Lechwe Antelope

Red Lechwe Antelope

Topi

Topi

Topi

Topi


Lions in a tree

Lions in a tree

Lions in a tree

Lions in a tree

At one point we had smoke in the van and Jeremiah said it was a short in the radio, so we stopped and he took the radio out of the dashboard.
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The vehicle we are in is a Land Cruiser and is at least 15 years old. Jeremiah says the new ones are flimsy and tend to drop parts on the washboard roads.

We stopped at the visitor's center for lunch
Visitors center

Visitors center


Rice dish with raisins

Rice dish with raisins


Barbet

Barbet


Close-up of the candelabra tree

Close-up of the candelabra tree


and saw an animal that looked like a big guinea pig - probably a hyrax.
Maybe a bush hyrax

Maybe a bush hyrax

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Hyrax


After lunch we looked at the exhibit of bones
Exhibit at the visitor's center

Exhibit at the visitor's center

Buffalo skulls

Buffalo skulls

Bones

Bones

Bones

Bones

Skull

Skull


and saw a movie on Gnu migration (Gnu is another name for wildebeest). Then we came back to camp and I had a nap.
Granddaughter  taking a photo of her own foot

Granddaughter taking a photo of her own foot


I think Jeremiah did too as he was asleep during the bones explanation. He was awake until late chasing the lions out of camp
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Maasai in camp

Maasai in camp

Maasai in Rondo Camp

Maasai in Rondo Camp


I asked my granddaughter to take some photos of the thorns on the acacia trees
acacia thorns

acacia thorns

acacia thorns

acacia thorns

acacia thorns

acacia thorns


munchies before dinner in front of the tent

munchies before dinner in front of the tent


We had a shower at 6, and then I took the computer in to charge and we talked to an Italian couple that was at Bashray Rift in that big group. Dinner was supposed to be onion soup but it didn't really look or taste like onion soup. There was chicken with some kind of orange sauce that my granddaughter said didn't agree with her.
Dinner

Dinner


And what they said was marble cake, but I think was really a form of ginger bread.
marble cake?

marble cake?


They said they had fixed our lights, but they went out again after 5 minutes. I told my granddaughter to go out and find someone and tell them, but she refused to leave the tent. She said she could hear the lions roaring and that I was too deaf to hear them. She did eventually stand at the entrance and wave the flashlight until someone came.
sunset

sunset


They would do something to it and he would stand up and the lights would go out again. So eventually they gave us a different battery and they also left us a battery powered light.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:19 Archived in Tanzania Tagged tent tanzania lion giraffe serengeti wheelchair topi hyrax ronjo_camp paw_prints serval_cat Comments (3)

Leopard on the way to Olduvai.

June 9


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My granddaughter does not like getting up when it is cold, so she was slow this morning. We were to meet our guide at 9.
From the porch at Grumaldi

From the porch at Grumaldi


flowers

flowers


So I was pushed up the path for the last time (it is a steep path and it takes two of them always), to have breakfast.
Our cabin at Grumaldi

Our cabin at Grumaldi


The breakfast was a buffet
breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet


and my granddaughter brought me bread and a pancake (cold as usual).
breakfast

breakfast


She had watermelon and they gave her watermelon juice to drink.
breakfast

breakfast

breakfast

breakfast


There was a hornbill outside the window and she took some photos of it.
hornbill

hornbill

bird outside the window

bird outside the window


I had a bunch of $5 bills to give to those that I recognized. The manager came and wanted to know if I had change for a $100 bill, which I did because I had the cash to tip the guide etc. The restaurant manager said I owed $73 for water, a coke, tea etc. I was surprised to have to pay for tea and I don't know what we had that was so expensive. I didn't get a listing because I was distracted by paying for the morning walk and night drive. Then the manager said I could pay for them with a credit card, but the credit card was 'not authorized' -they said it was because it was a Signature card. So I paid in cash which was cheaper anyway. Then I handed out $5 bills to the two restaurant guys and to the wheelchair pushers. They were apparently thrilled with that. I didn't tip the manager separately because I thought that one didn't tip management.

We started off for Olduvai camp. My granddaughter has photos of some giraffes
giraffe

giraffe

giraffe

giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffe


and some impala
impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala


and then we came to a hippo pool (the sign warned not to get out of the car).
hippo

hippo

Hippo

Hippo


Jeremiah explained about how mold in the hippo poop feeds the catfish and the insects and then the birds eat the insects. So a whole eco-system. Then we saw a hippo poop. Jeremiah said that they "wiped" with their tails. But I didn't think he did such a good job of wiping.
Hippo who has just pooped

Hippo who has just pooped


We stopped to take photos of 3 lions in a tree,
lion

lion

lions

lions

lions

lions

buffalo

buffalo


and then I had to use the bathroom and so we went back to the visitor's center for that.
Back at the Visitor's Center

Back at the Visitor's Center

road

road


Truck to be push started

Truck to be push started

Butterflies

Butterflies


My granddaughter found and played with a butterfly for a bit. I gave her a magnifying glass so she co ld see the wings better.
butterfly

butterfly

granddaughter with butterfly

granddaughter with butterfly

holding on

holding on


After that we saw a leopard climbing around on the rocks and my granddaughter got some really GOOD photos of her.
Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard


leopard

leopard


Leopard

Leopard


Leopard

Leopard


Leopard

Leopard


Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

leopard

leopard

leopard

leopard

Leopard

Leopard


Then we went back for lunch.
hyrax

hyrax

Rules of the park

Rules of the park


After lunch we drove to the Masai village where they danced for us
maasai

maasai

Maasai women

Maasai women

Maasai men

Maasai men

Maasai jumping

Maasai jumping

Maasai shoes - he's the best jumper

Maasai shoes - he's the best jumper


and showed my granddaughter the inside of one of the huts (2 bedroom). (She said it was too dark for a photo) Each wife has her own hut, but men can have more than one wife. The women wanted to know how many children I had.
Maasai village

Maasai village

large_IMG_1838.JPGGranddaughter with Maasai woman

Granddaughter with Maasai woman

Granddaughter looking at souvenirs

Granddaughter looking at souvenirs

Leaving the Maasai village

Leaving the Maasai village


It was very close after that to get to Olduvai. We are in the closest tent to the main tent where there is internet but it is up a steep rocky path. My grandaughter got a shower and went down to do internet.
Near Olduvai

Near Olduvai

Olduvai

Olduvai

Path at Olduvai

Path at Olduvai

Granddaughter reading the rules

Granddaughter reading the rules


There were quite a few people there and she said I should not go down to do the internet so I asked them to bring dinner up to me and then I got a shower (they put a little table into the shower for me to sit on). Dinner started with cucumber slices and some little packets with eggplant (or as they call it -aubergine) and I knew my granddaughter wouldn't care for the eggplant. She got a mild reaction from licking the vinegar off the cucumber.
appetizer

appetizer


Then they gave us vegetable soup, and then chicken, rice and maybe a salad. Neither of us can remember for sure and I didn't take a photo.

I knew that Olduvai Gorge was where the Leakeys discovered very early hominin fossils, and that there was a museum there. But my granddaughter said that she was definitely NOT interested in visiting it. So I did not make an effort to go.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 06:13 Archived in Tanzania Tagged tanzania lion maasai hippo leopard hornbill grumaldi Comments (2)

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