Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park is very different from the Serengeti.   There is "jungle" as in lush and green, but you can see the sky.  The nice part was the cool shady trees.  We saw different monkeys, spider monkeys and blue monkeys.   Manyara comes from the Maasai workd for a green bamboo type plant the grows there.    Lake Manyara does have some tree-climbing lions.   Take your standard lion, put them in a climate where there is moisture in the ground that can breed nail fungus and the lions climb the trees.   Sadly we didn't see any.   But the highlight of our morning game drive on Saturday the 12th were the baby elephants playing in the mud.  I love Africa - it's like the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet but live, in person, and so much better!

Male giraffes battling for leadership.  They hook necks and kick each other.

Baby elephant

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