After a wonderful breakfast at
The African Tulip, we headed out to our first lodge – Burunge Tented Lodge for three nights – and visited a local Maasai village and viewed wildlife along the way in Tarangire National Park. It was a long day but worth it. A short video of the Maasai visit is posted on YouTube (I never really figured out how to move the necklaces.) Downtown Arusha. We were sitting ducks for peddlers - they recognize the safari vehicles. Best to keep the windows rolled up and don't make eye contact. Typical Street Scene in Arusha, Tanzania Typical street scene in Arusha and neighboring cities. People and motorcycles winding their way through traffic. Looked like chaos to me. The first of many Baobob trees Hollowed out Baobob tree. Michael said poachers hid in these. Another northern white-crowned shrike. Lousy photo but this was the first goshawk we saw. Probably a Dark Chanting Goshawk, but not certain. White-browed Robin Chat - maybe. Still working on this ID. Unknown bird. Very short tail and rusty belly. This is a Kirk's Dik-Dik - a cute little antelope. We saw many of these, usually in pairs as they mate for life. Vervet Monkey, with baby. There was a large community of these in the area behind our lodge. They are ubiquitous and curious. They will try to steal from the safari vehicles and have been known to leave a present (poop) on the seat if they can't find anything they like. Roof closed, windows up! The Maasai tribe danced for us. As you will see, it was a participation event. I didn't realize this was going to be a participation event. I never got the hang of the dance, that is for sure. All decked out and advertisement for Michael's company, Tanzania Safari Bug. They were very friendly - especially after we bought some of their trinkets. Inside the hut you can see years of soot from the fire. Our fearless guide Michael. The lodges have a lovely tradition of meeting you at reception with a warm wet towel and juice. Panoramic view from our deck at the Burunge Tented Lodge, Tanzania, 2021 The view from the deck of our lodge. This lodge is considered mid-range in terms of luxury. A few things didn't work (hair dryer, water cooler), but it was lovely and comfortable. View from the main lodge deck area. That is Lake Burunge in the distance. The restaurant was outside. Our first dinner. I don't know how they kept the bugs off the deck, but we were not bothered by them.