The Elephant Orphanage was a heart warming experience. I have never been so close to baby elephants, which were super playful and interacted with the crowds who came to watch the morning feeding. There was a caretaker with a microphone who shared information about this baby elephant rescue project as well as telling the story of each baby elephant we saw getting fed. In total there were 22 baby elephants which had been rescued from all over Kenya, most of which had been victims of abandonment as their mothers had been killed by poachers for their tusks, which for me, as an animal lover, was very sad to see. As a result, I made a donation towards the David Sheldrick wildlife fund and it felt great to see what good it can bring to these poor baby elephants.
The following morning it was time to get back on the bikes. We got an early start and taxied to the camp for breakfast and the mornings rider meeting. It was extremely kind of the TdA organizers to allow my father to join the TdA trip for two days, as well as lending a bicycle to Rudolf, who was very excited about cycling from Nairobi to Arusha. With my Dad comfy on a TdA support vehicle and Rudolf on a bike, it was all running very smoothly.
|Rudolf and I at the Hotel waiting for the taxi|
|Our security at the TdA camp|
|Team Make A Difference just before the start, with my Dad in the middle|
|Lunch stop along the road...|
|Rudolf my fellow MAD Cyclist having a rest|
|Claire and I at the Coke stop|
|Finally at the finish flag...|
|Reunited with my dad at camp.|
|The TdA daily bike shop|
|The TdA truck providing a little cover from the rain|
|TdA campsite that evening|
|Our first rest stop after the border crossing|
|Claire and Tracy the other girls part of our cycling group|
|Rudolf enjoying the few moments off the bike|
|The road we need to continue along, seems endless at times...|
|Coke stop at the top of the climb|
|Bike shop next to the coke stop...|
|The scenery on route to Arusha|
|Rudolf and I on the back of the Safari Truck|
|Rudolf, the Guide Peter and my Dad... Something tells me they've spotted something interesting...|
|Dad and I at the lunch picnic|
Here are a few more snaps of the wildlife we saw that afternoon...
After the Lake Manyara Safari came to a close, our guide drove us to our new accommodation, "The Country Lodge."
|The drive to our hotel|
This was by far one of the nicest hotels I'd stayed at since the tour began. I truly felt I was begin spoilt rotten by my Dad and it was great fun, besides, a bed with a mattress is a big step up from my little tent.
That evening we had a lovely dinner which somewhat resembled a delicious comforting home-cooked meal which we would eat back home as a family on the farm. Leek and Potato soup, avocado salad, red cabbage, roasted potato's, beef stew and coconut tart for dessert... I was in heaven!!!
After a wonderful night's sleep, we woke early to meet our guide and make our way to the famous Crater for our second day of safari.
|At the entrance of the Crater...|