November 11, 2011 – Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara
Today we checked out of Kikoti Tented Camp and did a game drive all the way to Lake Manyara National Park. It’s a beautiful protected area with more than 350 bird species that have been observed around the lake.
Along the way we saw a large heard of Giraffes, it was beautiful to see with the mountains in the background.
A little while later we stopped to admire a large male elephant, but instead of us watching him, he decided to check us out! He came right up to the vehicle and put his trunk over the open roof and started sniffing around inside, narrowly missing us with his trunk! We really didn’t know what to do so we all froze – meanwhile Modi is frantically ‘loud whispering’ telling all of us to get down and we quickly listen to him! I couldn’t sit in my seat because I had my window open and the elephant’s tusk was almost coming in through the open window. I was a little nervous because if we startled him I thought that he might ram the safari vehicle. Modi then puts the landcruiser in neutral and ever so quietly rolls it slowly away from the elephant. I guess the elephant finally got bored with us and he just meandered on his way-WOW what an absolutely incredible and powerless feeling to be so close to a huge wild elephant! Memory of a lifetime right there! Our friend Cheryl captured my Mom’s reflection in the elephant photo she took – we all love this photo!
We saw so many animals along the way and the area is totally different from Tarangire, here the landscape is very lush in comparison.
On our way to Plantation Lodge, we stopped in the village at an artisans shop, we each bought a little souvenir from this area. It was nice to see the locals going about their day.
Later in the day we check in at Plantation Lodge, this place is amazing, it’s right out of a Conde Naste magazine!
Okay, who wouldn’t want a bar like this? Complete with a glass floor looking down into the wine tasting cellar!
Our room was really nice!
Modi suggested a slight itinerary change for us and recommended that we stay at the lodge for a bit longer in the morning instead of leaving early so that we could enjoy the surroundings. We would then transfer to Lake Eyasi for late afternoon and visit the Datoga Tribe early evening. Then we could do our hunt with the Hadzabe Tribe first thing the next morning. We all agree that his suggestion is a good one and we make the changes. This is why it’s really important to do your research on the guides to ensure you get a good knowledgeable guide!
Where we stayed: Plantation Lodge 👍
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel