Monday, December 12, 2016

Heading home

On the final morning of our safari we drove slowly to the park gate to meet the driver who would take us to Dar.

As we crossed the river Greater Kudu were drinking and eating at a small waterhole:


Rufous-capped Rollers perched in the morning light:


A White-throated Bee-eater was one of the last species we saw on the trip:


We crossed the Ruaha river as we headed for the exit:.


It took around three hours to get to Iringa, and then another three hours to our stop-over hotel.  The following day another seven hours to Dar with a very frustrating 90 minutes spent in queueing traffic on the city ring-road, approaching the airport.  The car park barrier was broken so we had to wait ages for a manually produced ticket, then they had a power cut while we were checking in and so it went on.

We did however take off on time for Nairobi and our connection to London.

Altogether we identified 395 species of bird in Tanzania with photographic records of 392 of them, 141 were additions to our Africa list and 111 of them addition too to our life list, bringing the total of species we've now seen and identified to 2,490, or approaching halfway (2,575) of my life target of seeing half of the bird species of the world.

Tanzania lived up to my expectations in terms of the safari experience, the number of bird species we could see and the general holiday experience, although it's expensive, we think it's worth it.

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