After we had been driving round for a few hours we turned the fridge back on, the alarm sounded so the problem with the auxiliary power had not been fixed. I sent a text to Safari Drive in the UK to say we were not impressed and that they had better fix it when we pass back through Arusha. If we were on a “normal” tour this would have been a real bugger.
The camp site was a “Special” site which is supposed to mean that we have it to ourselves. It was about an acre of flat bush although there were quite a few bushes and trees for lions to hide behind.
Gill cooked an excellent dinner over the open fire and then we sat by the fire for an hour in the dark before going to bed. No nasty surprises in the night. We were up, packed up and off by 7am for an early game drive. Thousands of elephants, two lions and a lot of birds.
As we had not had breakfast we stopped in the Sopa Lodge for lunch. The receptionist warned us that it would cost $30 but somehow we took that to mean in total, it wasn't, it was each. What was even odder was that we had to pay the bar bill in Tanzania shillings but the food bill in US$ all to the same waitress.
Wherever there are places for people in the park the Rangers have put up bright blue cloths, apparently this attracts the tsetse flies so reducing the chance of the public being bitten.
On the second night at the camp site we were alone, we did not get any nasty noises and were up at 7am for a last game drive. The day started badly after a few minutes drive we realised we had a flat tyre. I tried the compressor which didn't work, I thought it was because of the auxiliary power problem but we later found it was due to crap wiring. I then tried to change the wheel . One spare was flat the other I could not get off as we did not have the right sized spanner. It took an hour of poncing around in the middle of the bush to get us going again. I sent a raging text to Safari Drive, another avoidable cock-up.