Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Tanzania... another check off the bucket list

It was just over twenty (20) hours that our wheels raised off Canadian soil. But we made it, all checked into our lodge for the night, the Karama Lodge. The people that came with me can now officially check this off the bucket list and just sit back and enjoy this photography workshop with the Photographer's Lounge...

We arrived later in the night at our first destination, the Karama Lodge. We landed just before 8pm and got to see a glimpse of our destination as we descended into Arusha... it was a tease... we have to wait till tomorrow to get this show on the road.

Karama Lodge has twenty-two stilted log cabins definitely offer comfortable accommodation with a natural design. Constructed with local materials, the cabins allow close proximity to the surrounding forest flora and fauna. Each cabin has its own wooden balcony with comfortable chairs where you can relax and admire the spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, the Maasai steppes beyond.

The cabins of Karama Lodge are made with natural materials and fit perfectly into the surrounding forest. Every effort is made to protect the local flora and fauna, therefore Karama is still home to a wide variety of forest wildlife, beautiful tropical birds, medicinal plants, flowers and indigenous trees.

Its too bad we can't enjoy this place more. But tomorrow we are headed out on safari and off to a place I know everyone will love, Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara is a "Paradise of Wildlife" that supports over 400 species of birds, great swathes of flamingo and a boisterous community of hippos... and if we are lucky, we will also get to see the famous tree climbing lions, characteristics mostly found only in Lake Manyara National Park.

Until next post,