Posts Tagged ‘tanzania’

Fruit Bats

September 6, 2007

Here’s a pic of two fruit bats relaxing in the afternoon sunshine in a tree in Manyara, Tanzania…

2 fruit bats in hotel garden

I don’t know whether these bats are identical to the fruit bats we have here in India… for example, these two birds are identical to their Indian cousins:

The DRONGO:

african drongo

and this SHRIKE, feeding her baby:

shrike feeding her demanding baby

Could someone enlighten me?

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The majesty of the lion…

August 23, 2007

I felt I must post this!

Incredible that such a lazy, idle animal should LOOK so majestic!

The very little that I got to know about Tanzanian cuisine

August 23, 2007

Well, having posted all that, I decided that though I never got a chance to eat in a Tanzanian home, I must set down the little that I learnt about food in Tanzania.

I might be mistaken, so do correct me if you have more accurate knowledge.

Apparently the staple food is maize/corn, and from maize/corn flour they make a kind of sticky pasty preparation called Ugali. This is just the flour, cooked in water with salt.

They also have a stew to go with it which is called Achali.

Apart from this, I was told about two dishes by the chef at one of the hotels:

“Kuku was Kupaka”, which is stewed chicken simmered in coconut, and served with Ugaii and Achali

and

“Nyama ya Kukaanga” whihc is marinated beef flakes, again served with Ugali and Achali.

I was rather surprised when Huruma told me that tamarind is not used in the local cuisine, or the vegetable “drumstick” (moringa), as both trees grow plentifully in the region.

That’s the trouble with staying in hotels..you get the generic touristy food…

But I suppose, if the Masai’s favourite drink is milk mixed with blood, one would be better off with mineral water!

thaths….you say you know the region well…can you let me know something more about the cuisine?

Towns in Tanzania…..

August 22, 2007

Well, since I can’t possibly post ALL the pics from Flickr to LJ (like I could not post all the photos/videos from my laptop to Flickr or YouTube)…I am done with the wildlife of Tanzania…but I would like to close with a few images of the towns and the sights….here are images from Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Manyara.

DAR ES SALAAM

As we came in to land, I took this snap of the beauty of the sea along the coast:

approaching Tanzania

And there was the city of Dar-es-Salaam,filling my window:

dar es salaam from the air

For more pics of Dar,Arusha, and Manyara, click here

Lake Manyara National Park…..

August 21, 2007

This post too will contain lots of pics…so those without–a) interest in wildlife, b) time, or c) patience, off you go to the next friend’s entry!

I started another post with the sunrise,but this one I will start with the moonset, as that is what we saw as we left very early from the Kirawira tented camp for Lake Manyara. Who can resist photographing a lovely full moon?

full moon in Lake Manyara

some pictures chosen from the Flickr site; for the rest, click on one and it will take you to the Flickr page

Lake Manyara National Park…..

August 21, 2007

This post too will contain lots of pics…so those without–a) interest in wildlife, b) time, or c) patience, off you go to the next friend’s entry!

I started another post with the sunrise,but this one I will start with the moonset, as that is what we saw as we left very early from the Kirawira tented camp for Lake Manyara. Who can resist photographing a lovely full moon?

full moon in Lake Manyara

some pictures chosen from the Flickr site; for the rest, click on one and it will take you to the Flickr page

The Tree-Climbing Lions of Lake Manyara…

August 21, 2007

For three days, we had been going on both morning and evening safaris in Lake Manyara; we had seen lot of other interesting things, but of course, every tourist wishes to sight that unusual phenomenon, the tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara.

Our guide, Huruma, told us that only 10% of visitors ever get to see these animals which have learnt to climb trees; so I thought that my usual Murphy’s record (which stands unbroken in the spotting of tigers in the south Indian jungles) would hold good here, too. But since we had seen so many lions in the Serengeti, and actually been able to sight a leopard the very first evening, I did not entirely lose hope.

The second evening, we had sighted a leopard in the dusk, though not all of us were able to see it, but after three days, KM’s brothers and their families had to leave.

The next morning safari for the two of us was extremely productive in terms of all sorts of fascinating birds and mammals, and we decided that in the evening, we would go to the Hot Springs, which is 25 km away from the only entrance to the park:

signpost..with an ex-buffalo

(note…every signpost in the park seemed to have a buffalo skull set upon it!)

for the pics of the lions, click here

Lions walking down the Serengeti track…

August 21, 2007

Here is my short clip of the two adorable lion cubs and the two lioness walking past our safari van, in the Ngorongoro Crater area:

You can hear Huruma, our guide, telling us that one was “hitted by a porcupine”!

For the rest of the videos that I have uploaded (well, with a lot of help from anushsh) to YouTube,at

http://youtube.com/deponti

There’s an olive baboon grooming her mate while the babies run around, there’s a mother shrike feeding her little one, a hornbill struggling to swallow the large grasshopper it caught…they are all short clips, and since they are my first attempts at video, that shows, too!

I will be posting a few more soon.

Teaser for the next (and last) Tanzania post…

August 16, 2007

This, this, is the dream that one has after watching a National Geographic documentary….that one can also make an image like this…it’s imprinted much deeper in my memory than it will ever be on any other medium!

Here’s the young adult male lion:

Tree-climbing Lion of Lake Manyara

And here’s the lioness:

tree-climbing lioness of lake manyara

And if that’s not rest and relaxation, I don’t know what is!

Do not miss the last instalment of this Tanzanian serial….

The last two days on the Serengeti….looong post with LOTS of pics….

August 16, 2007

It’s been really hectic, but I have finally found the time…it’s going to be a long post,compressing two days at the Serengeti, with lots of photos (there will be one lot more with pics from Lake Manyara, with the TREE-CLIMBING LIONS)

Here’s a sunrise over the Serengeti plains…

sunrise on the Serengeti

anushsh has made this his screensaver….so this is dedicated to him!

Our safari started on a high note, with this sighting of a CHEETAH, which had just killed a gazelle and was dragging it to a good place for the feast….

Cheetah with gazelle kill

(Remember, I said that none of my cheetah shots are close-up or good!)

Another “typical” shot that I got was the Masai, walking for miles in the vast landscape, amongst the eternal grasses of the Serengeti…

Masai in the NCA savannah

lots of pictures under the cut; you must have a lot of interest in wildlife, and lots of time..othwrwise, skip!