African safari 2013: Part 2

July 2, 2013

Today was our first day to meet our Thomson safari guides and start looking at animals, and it was wonderful. I am going to go short on words and long on pictures.

Our guides picked us up at 9 AM and went through a briefing. There are two other families touring with Thomson. Both are from Seattle but did not know one another. Tomorrow the kids are going to ride in one car while the adults go in the other two. For today, we all split up by family and rode in separate Land Rovers. The Rovers are equipped with pop-up tops so that you can stand in your seats and view the animals. We drove to Arusha National Park and viewed the wildlife, had lunch and took a hike to a waterfall. I’ve got to be brief because we have to get packed. Tomorrow we leave for our first night of tent camping. I am not sure when or if I will have any more internet access. I will keep the blog and upload it when I can.

At the start of the day when we still looked fresh:

Zebras, buffalo and a wart hog:
Baboon in the trees:
and on the road:
White and black colobus monkeys:
Can you see the baby monkey on its momma’s back?
Jumping colobus!
Blue monkey:
Genene monkey:
Baboon and baby:
Baboons in the road everywhere!
The pop-up top: 
Our lunch view:
 There are over 100 varieties of acacia tree. This one is loaded with thorns: 
How many caterpillars do you see?
Warthogs on the move:
 The park ranger and his big gun:
Waterfall in Arusha National Park:
 Family photo at the waterfall:
A one-horned bushbuck that we saw on our way home:

It’s almost 7:00 PM now. I hear the call to prayer and it is time for us to get some dinner, pack our bags and head out for the bush. We are going to Tarangire National Park and then into the Serengeti. As I said, I don’t know when I will be able to write again. I will check in when I can.

Until later…..

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