Today was exciting! It was the first day of safari, we got up and had breakfast with our fellow tour members before boarding the Toyota Land Cruiser safari bus, our first stop after leaving town and heading through Arusha was a mall (or shopping centre if you're not from North America), this was much more western and sanitised than the markets in town, while most people were stocking up on sweets we were enjoying seeing familiar English brands that didn't make it to Australia or New Zealand.
Driving through Arusha
Parked up inside the secure tourist Mall
With our western lifestyles supplied the next stop was Shanga https://www.shanga.org/ this is a social enterprise that employs handicap Tanzanian's particularly those who are deaf. We were given a tour of the crafts that they make; one of our party was able to communicate with one of the workers using American sign language which made it feel like we were interacting with more than just the guide, we saw weaving, glass blowing and beaded jewellery making. Joanna really liked a blown glass elephant, but unfortunately there would have been now way for it to survive the journey around safari and back to the UK.
One of our tour group having a go at glass blowing
The cute elephant
The Shanga centre
With the visit over we started the several hour drive to Tarangire National Park our first game park, this was on a mix of smooth roads and very bumpy unsurfaced roads, (this is known as an African massage!) with the drive complete we stopped at our first nights accommodation. We were apparently staying in tents, although if it's got an on-suite I don't believe it's a tent. After dropping our bags we headed to lunch with our group before the first game drive.
Typical Tanzanian country side
Our bath, you could have a whale of a time!
After lunch it was time for the first game drive, although we weren't told this, the idea of this one was for those of us who had just joined the tour to get the 'ohhh a Zebra stop the car' mentality out of our system!
Anyway time for some pictures with descriptions
At the entrance to the nation park
The roof popped up ready to spot
Our first spot, a blueball monkey
A fully grown adult dikdik
Our first elephant!
Spot the Giraffe
Look at that tongue!
David testing out the binoculars
Joanna on the lookout
Classic elephant shot
The other vehicle in our group
A Boab tree
Spot the lion
We stopped for a toilet break and to check a out a view point
(the toilets flushed and were clean! better then Australia and NZ!)
On the way back to the camp we had some good sunset photos
On the way we passed a village, some cattle also came to say hello.
Our accommodation wasn't fenced in, so after dark we were given strict instructions that we could only walk back to our lodges if accomponied by a maasi guard.
Until next time for day 2, another picture heavy day.
David & Joanna
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