Lake Manyara National Park


The third day of our Safari started with a nice breakfast at the Twiga Lodge.  We were early (7am) and the only two people in the restaurant.  The fruit, eggs, tea and service were excellent.  Lake Manyara National Park is the least visited of the three parks in the region so it provides a quiet opportunity to see wildlife in a forested setting.  We were greeted by blue monkey and elephant within the first 100 yards of the park entrance followed by many, many baboon.  We also saw Impala, Giraffe Wildebeest, Zebra, Stork, Ostrich, Pelican, Hammerhead (bird), African Squirrel, Warthog, Crane and Bird Eagle.

Elley and I set up a makeshift studio in the Land Rover and filmed an interview with Albert for his website.  (We think this might be of more value than a tip – he might get both).  Albert is the perfect guide:  knowledgeable, responsible, friendly, good English, (did I mention friendly?), highest integrity, and just an all around great guy.  I could not recommend him more highly for a real hands-on safari.  He can arrange for and guide you through any level Safari you are interested in from bare bones to the highest luxury options (not sure why you would need the white table cloth in Africa.  I’ve had many great meals at the medium budget level.)

We left the park about 1pm headed for two more things we wanted to do:  a local preschool and another very primitive/isolated Maasai family visit.  When we asked Albert where we planned to eat our box lunches he said, “There’s a tree down the road.”  We laughed our asses off – the answer was perfect!

I’m constantly reminded of life back home.  I miss my friends, family (and even coworkers).  Luckily, every time Albert shifts gears in the Land Rover, the clutch or gear shift makes a noise just exactly like the goats screaming in the Taylor Swift video spoof of her song “Trouble.”  I think of the kids back home at our Friday night dinners and smile every time we change gears.  (and I can’t get that Taylor Swift song out of my head).Image