|After Ngorongoro Crater we drove to Lake
Manyara National Park, located southeast of the
crater. As can be seen from the picture at the
bottom of this page, Lake Manyara is a refuge for many varieties of
We spent one and a half days at this park, during which time it was 100+ degrees in the heat of the day and felt like an oven most of the time. On our first day there we came upon a group of workmen clearing brush with machetes. As we drove by they used sign language to ask for water; we tossed them two large bottles from our supply.
There is a section of the park that was flooded in 1997, during which vast amounts of land were covered in water with a high salt content. The result was that much of the vegetation, including the trees, died. This land is beginning to come back, slowly. The devastation from the flood was very evident as we drove around.
This was the first place that we lodged in tents. Kirurumu Tented Camp is carved out of the wilderness and consists of permanent tent sites. "Real" tents are erected on concrete slabs and have bathrooms with showers. As in other lodges, electricity is available for a few hours each day. We made our way to the open-air dining room by walking along a long and rugged cobblestone path that was quite a challenge to negotiate in the dark.
From Lake Manyara and Kirurumu we moved on to Tarangire National Park, which was our last area to visit. Tarangire was also one of Allen's favorite locations from his previous visits.
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