Wow. Where to begin? It is amazing how much can happen in 5 short days. I suppose I better get the bad news out of the way first: I arrived "home" to Moshi today and sadly discovered that the resident chicken familyis now only one adolescent chick. Remember how I mentioned early on that it can be difficult to get the facts here? Well, I am not sure if the mama chicken was found dead in the yard or if she was just butchered, but I do know she was on the dinner table last night. And the other two chicks? No one knows where they are.
This week I went on a five day/four night safari. It could not have been better. We started in Lake Manyara National Park, spent three days and two nighs in the Serengeti and then one day and night at Ngorongoro Crater. We saw all five of the Big 5! Pretty rare. We saw 44 lions and cubs, 3 leopards, 4 cheetahs hunting, 5 rhinos, and 100's of elephants!
I went on a tent safari and, while I know it isn't Wisconsin winter it was much colder than I expected. One of these days I'll learn stop expecting things. Our campsite in Serengeti was literally in the bush. It does not have any sort of protection around it to keep animals out. Naturally, I woke up at 4am my first night there to the loud roar of lions and the cackling of hyenas. I found myself thinking two things. The first was that no matter what - even if it cost a thousand dollars - I would sleep in a hotel the next night. The second was that the odds were in my favor that if a lion came to camp it would likely catch and kill someone else first. I stayed awake until 7:30a.m. breakfast, heart pounding, reviewing every last survival skill I knew.
Suffice it to say, I made it through all four nights in a tent and so did everyone ese at camp!
I have so much more to share, but I keep falling asleep. More tomorrow!