Day 8- Tarangire National Park
I normally start the blog with what happened at the start of our day but I have to go back to what happened last night right after I posted the last entry. Background info on the place we're staying; it has 33 "luxury tents" which are basically stand up tents with a bed, shower, bathroom. The place runs on generators, and the power turns off at 11pm until 6am (and turns off again during the day). So we had a lodge worker walk us to our tent after dinner; I pictured them carrying rifles just in case an animal attacked...but in fact they only held a flashlight. Anyways, within minutes of getting into bed, we heard a noise from outside the tent..the sound of a lion roaring!!! We were so freaked out, we could hear it breathing here and there and then we heard something scratching at the tent. We have no doubt the roaring was from a lion, but we can only guess what the scratching was. Tyler says he wasn't scared, but that's 100% untrue, I could hear his heart running a mile a minute (I told him that and he just smiled). All throughout the night we could hear animal sounds but that's not the end of it. At about 4:45 I wake up with a bleeding nose! Now I get tonnes of bleeding noses so that's not a big deal BUT there were two issues; the first being that I can't just jump out of bed, turn on the lights and find a Kleenex...there is no power! and I have no idea where I'm going. The more important issue is that there are lions around! I kept wondering if they can smell blood, as it fills my hand. I can't start traipsing around the tent looking for a kleenex spreading the blood everywhere waiting to be eaten. Seriously, all I could think is that we had gone from being the hunters to the hunted! I woke Tyler up to help and got it under control but by that time we had 10 minutes before our alarm went off.
We left at 5:45am for another game drive and when the lodge guy came to our tent to walk us out he says he could see lions tracks! While all of this was happening throughtout the night I just kept repeating to Tyler "this is crazy, why are we doing this.". We were so tired this morning, all I wanted to do was sleep. But we set off in the dark (in the jeep) to start looking for animals. We ended up watching the sunrise; we found our third of the big five- the buffalo and then came back to the lodge for breakfast. Later on today I told our safari guy what happened (he had also heard the roaring from his bedroom) and I asked, "Lions dont smell blood do they?", and he advised us that yes they do if it is fresh, but won't attack our tent, they will just wait outside for you but not to worry, he wouldn't want to eat me because I'm too small of a portion...awesome. After breakfast we headed back out for another full day of game drives. We spotted the same animals as yesterday (giraffe, zebras, elephants, wildabeasts, wart hogs etc.) plus monkeys, and baboons but found some more rare animals too...the cheetah, hippos, vultures, and lions again (we still haven't seen a male lion though). We saw some animals fighting (typical guys), two elephants were fighting with each other and two Impalas, cool to see. By the time we got back to the lodge it was already 6, so no time for a nap. We had some drinks before dinner, then dinner, now off to bed. Wish us luck tonight!