We couldn't believe how many elephants there were - hundreds! All the other usual suspects were present: giraffe (much darker than those I saw on my last trip), zebra, ostriches, big vultures, buffalo, water buck, various antelope, mongoose, monkeys, baboons. We finally saw a couple of lions nearing the end of the afternoon. It was more than fun to be two guys from NZ just driving abound a huge national park in an ageing 4WD in amongst so many animals & tourists on proper expensive safari trips. Enough talking, the photos are better (more and better versions are here).
|Apparently a large herd of elephants came to pay our tent a lot of attention after we drove off.|
|AD tried to take promotional photos, I minded the barbecue - sort of.|
|Thankfully more large steaks didn't attract the lion(s) we heard a little distance from camp.|
|So many large baobab trees.|
Up & decamped early, there was enough time to marvel at plenty more elephants before returning to Arusha. I hastily packed, said my goodbyes and started what turned out to be a thirty hour trip home (that's almost as bad as returning from NZ). It turns out carrying a Thermarest Neoair in your hand luggage is great for napping on boring airport (Nairobi) floors. Arriving home Sunday afternoon to the order of England, not too tired considering, it was hard to believe just the morning before I was out camping in a fantastic African park and seeing so much extraordinary wildlife. Thanks AD & Carm for an excellent African break.