21.01.2011 - 22.01.2011
(Report from Chris)
Today is my second day of safari. I'm happy to be safely off the mountain. I have a lot to share about my experiences there, but I might not have a chance to post about it until I get back.
Yesterday we went to Lake Manyara for our first safari stop. It was an amazing experience, and we were able to see a ton of animals including elephants, giraffes, hippos, monkeys, baboons, zebras,wildebeest, and many exotic birds. I was pleasantly surprised at how close the animals got to the vehicle.
Our safari vehicle is impressive. There is plenty of room for the six of us, everyone has a window seat, and the roof pops up to allow for easier game viewing. From the outside, the vehicle looks similar to the land rovers they use at Rhino Rally. Apparently, Busch Gardens did an excellent job of recreating an African safari.
The landscape here is absolutely beautiful. There are large hills everywhere that are scattered with trees.
Last night we camped at a nearby campsite, and the old familiar feeling of being on the mountain quickly returned. Three roosters were hanging out right by my tent this morning, so I had quite the wake-up call at 5:30. I need one of those for home to replace my alarm clock. Today we are headed for the Serengeti, and I will stay the remainder of my nights here at lodges.
I'm traveling with the same group as on the mountain and we've all become very close. I couldn't have asked for better traveling companions.
Our safari guide is pleasant and knowledgeable. The mood is relaxed as we are all still a little wiped from the mountain.
Today we will be looking out for rhinos, leopards, and lions.
(Posting delayed eight hours).