Morning coffee swill and our anti-malarias. We took (brand name) Malarone, which is a combination of Atovaquone and Proguanil. I was definitely a-skeered of taking anti-malarias, as one of the more commonly known, Mefloquine, causes borderline-psychotic dreams in some users. The drug we were taking promised no such side effects, so we started two days before travel, took them every morning at brekkie and then again for a week after we got back. No side-effects, no malaria, so totally worth it.
Ruhua National Park is described as being the largest park in Tanzania and East Africa, at 20226 square kilometers. It is regarded as one of Tanzania's wildest national parks and being one of the lesser visited in the country, it remains an isolated, peaceful and an unspoilt wilderness. It doesn't warrant its own Wiki page, which I find a bit shocking, but it does stand in the shadow of the Great Migration of the Serengeti up north. While I am sure the Great Migration is astonishing to see, I'm cool not seeing it in the company of thousands of other tourists who crowd in during the season. As they say, to each his own.
The day in Ruhua began and ended with lions, with the leopard squashed in the middle, so I'll round out the day with some photos of the other animals we spied. There wasn't much great diversity, beyond, you know the lion, leopard and ostrach, but we all had a super day of watching the animals, and I took a few videos.
Babies are cute, whatever species.
Babies, babies, everywhere. But not really; it's not spring there, so these are all late babies.
Who doesn't love an elephant? The local trees, actually. During the dry season, the elephants tear the bark off of trees in order to get at the moisture inside. They often leave a wake of destroyed trees behind them. Elephants are enormous and have a huge impact on their environment. Cute, though, especially the babies.
As a bonus, you get not only the damaged tree, but a really cool coloured lizard.
Kudu hiding in the bushes. I'd say from the leopards, but they're all sleeping.
The zebra were so entrancing standing in the shade swatting at flies, I videoed them. Note the very large poo around them: elephant. This park is covered in the stuff. Elephants are huge and eat quite a bit, so it is not surprise that there is elephant poo everywhere, but, I thought you might be curious.
Giraffe in motion.
We tried to get photos with the animals in the background. Christmas is coming, you know, and the season for choosing the best annual photo for a Christmas card is upon us. This one probably won't make it.
But maybe this one:
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