Village and a Game Drive

Our jeep/land cruiser aka home for the Safari
Our Group of travel buddies and Guide

Our real adventure started out with a moderately long drive to Lake Manyara National Park with a brief stop off in Mtu Wa Mbu Village to experience a little local culture.

On our way to the village we saw our first wild animals in the form of a number of giraffes. We took about thirty photos, even though they were far away, because we weren’t sure we would see anymore.

At Mtu Wa Mbu Village we had a cultural walk that included seeing the carvings from a variety of tribes (as numerous tribes have come together in this village), seeing the inside of the mud homes, walking through a banana orchard, seeing a local church, sipping on some fresh banana beer, and then eating a local lunch.

Local Masai People
Ebony Wood and Carvings
Millet for Banana Beer Makings
Tall Glass of Banana Beer
The local lunch was superblocal food – in fact some of the best food of the trip. As a lotof the other food at the lodges was fairly genericbuffet style food. Which was not too bad most of the time but nothing like this.
Lunch – Delicious

After our lunch we were off to Lake Manyara National Park for our first game drive. We obsessively took photos (especially of our first sightings even when they were hard to see or far away). I will let the photos of the animals below speak for themselves.

Baobab Tree
Reed Buck – one of our first animal sightings
Hornbill!
Baboon
 
Elephant in the background – thankfully we were in the jeep
 
Hippos
Warthogs
Impalas
Very young baby elephant
 
Flamingos in the distance
Dik Dik

After our game drive we four wheel drove across loose sand and dirt to our luxury tents at the Rift valley lodge. We had a great multi-course dinner and washed it all down with some premium Serengeti Lager.

View from the lodge entrance
Inside our luxury tent
Sunset over the Great Rift Valley
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