Monday, May 18, 2015

Tanzania, Africa - 11

Hi, This is the final post on our trip to Tanzania. On our way to the airport for our flight to Arusha we had our last game drive.

We stopped to check out the tree in which we had seen a lioness the night before.  This morning she was on the ground.

Further on we spotted a vulture and

some small birds perched on limbs of a dead tree.

Our scariest encounter of the trip occurred next.  This is a bull elephant in musth (above and below).  All he wants to do is mate and he will brook no intruders (that's us) in his territory.  He shows his displeasure at our presence by ripping branches off this small tree and stomping on them.  When we tried to pass he moved toward the road causing our guide, Mkenda, to back up.  Eventually, Mkenda just floored it and we scooted past the elephant.  As we did so the bull came onto the road and gave chase.  Fortunately, it was no contest.

Three giraffes ambled across the landscape next.

Mkenda spotted this zig zag snake just off the road.

Soon we came across the same mother lion with the collar we had seen the day before.  This time she was in a small pride (above and two below).

Our final wildlife sighting was this small group of elephants with at least one little baby.

At the airport there was time for a final photo with Mkenda before

boarding our flight to Arusha.

This was a truly amazing trip.  Thanks for looking.

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