Lake Manyara is quite dry at the moment, which is normal, but we didn't see a plethora of elephants that we would normally see. We did have the fortune of seeing a group of giraffes, 27 strong. What an amazing sight! I don't think I have ever seen that many giraffes in one location, and Lake Manyara giraffes are special in that many of the sightings happen in open clearings. This means that you can take photographs of the giraffe when they are not eating, and you have unubscructed views from head to toe. I typically find that giraffes are difficult to photograph, primarily because of composition reasons. Their necks are long, and the horizon gets cut off as a result. I typically look for a location to shoot from that is either higher or lower than my subject, as to have a clear background that does not interfere.
We are off for Ngorongoro Crater today, and will checkin at our camp on the crater's edge. After a quick lunch, we will head down into the crater (which is actually a caldera) for an afternoon game drive. We will have a full day of wildlife photography in the crater for the next day, as well.