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Lake Manyara (Day 5)

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This was the park we liked the least. Mostly all we say were baboons. Me I love baboons and could watch them all day. ( I think I have mentioned that) Chris on the other hand was bored stiff with them.

Before we even got into the park there were baboons EVERYWHERE. We were walking about the entrance, and so were the baboons.
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It was a mixture and excitement when one would run by you. One baboon ran behind Emily, wow can that girl scream. It was only about 1 foot behind her.

I LOVE how my husband encourages my first born to use himself as human bait to draw the baboons out. Such a proud moment!
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I think this is a skull from an impalla
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This is a departed warthog, and turtle
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This use to be a giraffe.
The Box lunches start to go down hill quickly. The sadwich is two slices of dry bread with grated white cheese in the middle. It also included a very dry muffin of some sort, an apple that you have to remember to peel incase it was washed in tape water. Emily risked eating the peel and all, and live to tell the tale. Of course the lunch had bananas, Africa is never short of bananas!
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Groucho Marx joined us for lunch!

The one animal on Landon's list he needed to see was an African Fish Eagle. I thought Maningo was pulling our leg when he said the bird call we were hearing was an African Fish Eagle. He backed the jeep up a bit, and sure enough there it was sitting in a tree. That is why you need an authentic Tanzanian guide!
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Look can you see the little baboon riding cowboy style? So cute!
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Chris got mad at me for taking this picture, but it still makes me laugh. He is such a proud baboon!
Views of Lake Manyara
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One last view of the park before we head off to E Unoto, our lodge for the next two nights.
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Another reason too book with a safari company, is I have no idea how anyone driving themselves ever finds these lodges we stayed at. You turn off the main road, not even onto a secondary road. You just drive off the main road and head straight out to no where. You pass a lot of Massai homes. You drive and drive to nowhere, down rocks that I am guess are supposed to be some kind of road, through herds of cattle, and poof you are at the most beautiful resort ever.
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This is the view out of the door to a little porch in my hut.
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Remember this view, it will be very important for tomorrows activities. Look beyond the lake, beyond the rice patties, beyond the banana grove, beyond the bend in the Rift Valley Wall, up the wall a little bit. That will be tomorrows "guided walk"
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My Hut.
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Chris's hut next door, my view was much better. My hut was a little higher up with a clear view, nothing in the way.
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Look it is me on my porch. I made Kaleb jump off the side of the porch, climb down the hill a bit and take this picture. I didn't tell him about the snakes untill he climbed back up. It is great to have kids!
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They had these beautiful game tables in each room, with these large leather chairs. Here is Landon deep in thought trying to remember his rules to his made up game of backgamon.
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The kids took advantage of the free robes in the room when getting ready for the pool.IMG_0862.jpgIMG_0865.jpg
Isnt' that a great view of the pool?
It turns out that we were then only guests at this resort this night. We had the whole place to ourselves. It was a little uncomfortable having ALL the staff just sit and watch you at the pool.
My classy kids, of course gave them a little "Peden" entertainment.
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All alone at dinner. A whole lodge full of staff just to serve us. This is when my daughter said "I wonder what my life would be like if I was a princess" then she looked around at the staff waiting to cater to her and said "humm pretty much like it is right now" So we spent the night wishing we lived liked this all the time. Kaleb suggested we sell everything in Canada and move to Africa and live like Kings.

Posted by dogtired 09:24 Archived in Tanzania Tagged family_travel

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Hi Lianne,

Great pics! Very similar to what we saw, although we were up close to many elephants. We saw thousands of flamingoes and other birds as well there, but not up very close. The hotels look like fun as well. Yes, you definitely need a good Tanzania guide who can drive safely!

Marie

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