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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 Tagged elephant lake tanzania zebra maasai giraffe baboon manyara vulture impala gnu fish_eagle cape_buffalo tse_tse_flags saddle_back_stork red_skinned_banana wart_hog bashray_rift Comments (4)

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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