We drove to Tarangire National Park our first morning in Tanzania. We checked into the Tarangire Safari Lodge, where we stayed in very plush tents (platform floors, ceramic toilet, warm showers in the tents). There were wild animals in the valley below us and in the area of our tents (Jeanne, my tent-mate, and I awoke to the sound of an impala grunting next to our tent the next day).
We took an afternoon game drive. We saw many beautiful and exotic birds.
We saw tons (literally) of elephants,
We also saw some predators. Look carefully under the tree and you can see a cheetah - her prey was across the road under another tree.
We came across a lioness eating a warthog (we were told they are delicious).
Wednesday night, I got home from two weeks in Tanzania. I traveled with a group of 7 other ladies (I didn't know any of them when the trip started and they were kind and inclusive); we spent 11 days in national parks (the "bush") and the rest of the time traveling and in Arusha. It was an incredible trip. I took 5,000 photos (don't worry, I'm not going to show ALL of them to you). I'm still recovering from jet lag and I'm still digesting all I saw and did.
In fact, I'm a little tired and have been taking some naps these past few days.
I was impressed by people in traditional garb embracing technology (note the lady on the cell phone) and took as many photos as I could without being intrusive.
I was often overwhelmed by the vast surroundings and natural habitat for the wildlife.
And, I was sometimes observed as if I were an intriguing piece of wildlife.