Day 9 – Lake Manyara and Tarangire

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First woke up to a gorgeous sunrise. View from our balcony20130114-203610.jpg

We headed out for a long drive to Lake Manyara. But to our pleasant surprise, the road was paved. Never enjoyed a paved road so much.

At Lake Manyara we encountered hundreds of baboons and monkeys (vervet monkeys and blue monkeys). With super cute babies. Here’s a mother telling her infant not to run away. Tail comes in handy. 20130114-203924.jpg
He finally broke free 20130114-204057.jpg

Happy baboons being groomed. 20130114-204300.jpg

Young ones playing. 20130114-204352.jpg

Horseback riding. 20130114-204932.jpg

Mating. Took about 5 seconds. 20130114-205003.jpg

Female baboons have a pink butt when they are in estrus to tell the male. Male baboons have a black butt.

Vervet monkeys.
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Then another drive on paved roads to Tarangire. Tarangire is another national park and is home to the largest concentration of elephants.
Momma and baby.

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The lodge is literally in the middle of nowhere but is stunning.

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