Back from safari just now. Two words describe the whole thing. Lions and elephants.
Male lions, female lions, young lions, old lions, lions in the trees, lions on the ground, lions in the rocks, lions stalking, and lions killing a young, lost, galloping, wildabeast that wandered right into a pride we were watching. Both male and female lions used our truck as shade and weren’t real happy when we wanted to leave. Probably about 50 lions in all. Lots of pictures and videos.
Same with the elephants. Hundreds of elephants. In the Ngorongoro Crater, which may take over as my favorite place I’ve ever been to, the very last thing we did before we left was watch some elephants grazing. We saw two more around the corner. As we slowly went around the corner, it was a mom and her calf. I knew something wasn’t quite right almost immeadiately so I quickly switched my camera back to video. Then three things happened almost at the same time. My guide hit the gas pedal, I hit play on the video, and mom elephant gave us a trumpet blast and began a mock charge. Only about 4 seconds but what a video. Then this morning, the same thing again, except this time it was a much larger old male. His warning was a bit more subtle but we got the point. He was at least twice the size of the land crusier I was in.
Ngorongoro is a place of amazing beauty. Salty crust from the dried up lakes, but yet in another corner about a 1000 acre wetland fed by a year-round spring. Big enough to support both elephants and hippos. The walls of the crater remind one of the mountains in Colorado or Montana but then add in all the African wildlife. Animals are free to leave if they want but most don’t because there is enough food and water to support them all year round.
Amazing place! Only a brief passing shower on the first day of the Serengeti otherwise no rain. The shower was very welcome as it knocked down some of the choking dust across the plains. In fact, other than the second day I was here and the first two days of the mountain climb, there has been no rain here at all; clouds build in the afternoon but nothing comes from them. Another pleasant suprise, despite being warned about malaria from the second I got off the plane, in the two weeks I’ve been here I have yet to feel or even see a mosquito. Can’t sat the same fro the Tsetse fly though but that was only in a couple of places on safari. No sleeping sickness at least.
Now finally a full 7 days after the climb, my blisters are healing, my toes have stopped tingling, I can actually walk down hill fairly easily now, my face is back to normal, (hands and wrists are still getting there), and I’ve finally got at least some energy level back. That climb is something I will never forget but never ever repeat!
Tomorrow we go to a Masai village for a few hours then back here. Nothing the day after other than meet those of you getting ready to head over. I hope you find the journey as much fun as I have so far.
Talk to you in a couple of days.