Manyara Travel Blog› entry 6 of 16 › view all entries
Arusha was the last sizeable town on the safari route towards Serengeti. Eastward, there was the unpaved road and the bush country. There were some tourist improvements even then, lodges and petrol stations. But, by and large, we were in the endless East African savanna. The wildlife came right up to you (or you up to it). We saw things like a lioness with a recent kill or hyenas snacking on leftovers. We even surprised two lions having an afternoon tete-a-tete!
We stopped a village, or Boma, of the Maasai people. The indigineous peoples were living, or at least appeared to be living, in their traditional dwellings. The oblong dwellings were made of wooden sticks and mud and the village enclosed by a fence. The Maasi are semi-nomadic, but are engaged in cattle herding.
A turn-off in the road lead south to Lake Manyara. Here we entered Lake Manyara National Park and spent the night. One of the msot famous sights is that pf the pink flamingoes that line up along the lake's shoreline.
As an aside, I'll note that this date was the day that the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to end the reforms of the Prague Spring. We did not learn of it until we returned to Nairobi and could ready the International Herald Tribune. Ironically, the Pan Am Clipper magazine on our transatlantic flight to Africa had contained an article entitled "Swinging Prague", describing the liberal mood prevailing under the Dubcek reforms.