The Journey Begins – Arusha National Park

It has been super busy for me of late so I just now getting around to starting to some trip highlights from February.  For the Feb 2010 Photo Safari, we visited Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Gibbs Farm, Ngorongoro Conservation Area (including the famed Crater), and the Serengeti National Park (with a private flight back from the Serengeti  to Arusha).  The map below will give you an idea of the distance we covered.  During this trip, I used an AMOD data logger to capture our routes of travel in a GPS format.  I have successfully converted one of several legs from NEMA to the KML format required for Google Earth and will be posting those and well as the process in later postings.

Parks of Tanzania

Basing out of my favorite lodge in Arusha, Mountain Village,  Arusha National Park was our first part visit.  This park is known for the Colobus Monkeys that are found only in Tanzania at this park and around the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  These crazy monkeys are somewhat elusive, and are usually found deep in the double canopies of the Park.  This location, combined with their black fur which sports a long wide white stripe down their back and continuing the full length of their tail, make for difficult photography.  Looking closely at these monkeys, they seem to have the face of an old man – like someone is looking back at you when you are taking their photographs.

I'm Watching You

Nikon D300, 200-400VR, ISO 500, f6.6 at 1/160 sec

Up next:  Those crazy elephants of Tarangire National Park

Cheers and happy photo’ing