Blogs from Tanzania, Africa - page 8


Day 9 We actually had an early start - 7.30am, and when we got up, the cloud was right down and you couldnt see to the edge of the crater, never mind into it. We were cold too - fleeces and boots weather, at least until it warmed up. As we set off down into the crater, Sylvester had to use all his concentration to keep us on the road, as his windscreen was permantely steamed up and he had his wipers going. The crater is 16-19km across covering an area of 265 sq km, and it is estimated that it is home to 30,000 animals. It is the world's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself 2-3 million years ago. We started ... read more
Russ and Mick
Wildebeest interrupt the flamingo's lunch
Flamingos get out of the way of the wildebeest

Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park June 25th 2013

Day 8 After the excitement of a leopard the night before, we were keen to set off and see if our luck was going to hold out. We set off from the lodge at 8am for a morning game drive armed with our picnic lunch. We immediately saw monkeys, and the "usual", which sounds terrible, but the zebra, impala, warthogs, giraffes and gazelles are everywhere, so you stop getting as excited about them. We did stop when they were particularly close to the road if we thought we could get a good photo. Our guide was very accommodating and didn't mind stopping the jeep whenever we asked him to. We also saw a couple of antelopes we hadn't seen before from the same family as topi's and wildebeest - a reedbuck and a hartebeest, darker and ... read more
Young male Lion
Young male sat by the side of the road
Lioness has a little sleep whilst big brother keeps watch

Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park June 24th 2013

Day 7 We had an 8am start out into the park, and as we were waiting to get into the jeep, one of the couples told us that they had seen 7 lions about 20m from their room after we had all retired to bed the night before! Perhaps the security escort was justified after all! Our guide loaded up the picnic lunches into the front of the jeep that had been provided by the hotel, and we hoped they were better than the pepper sandwiches we had had in India's packed lunches. We saw lots of impala grazing in amongst areas of burned grass. Sylvester explained that the Masai burn areas to rejuventate growth when the short rains come to encourage animals to come back to the area to graze. We also saw several warthogs ... read more
Cheetah - somewhere
Lioness contemplating some lunch
Lion on the move

Africa » Tanzania » North » Lake Manyara June 23rd 2013

Day 6 We met after breakfast at the very civilised time of 8am. We had been expecting some early starts, so it made for a more leisurely ease into things. We changed places in the jeep today, which is standard practise on safaris so everyone gets a turn in each place. This meant it was our day at the font of the jeep. On our way out of the lodge, a small boy was trying to sell us a chameleon, which we debated whether just to buy and release further down the road. Our day started with a game drive in Lake Manyara NP. The park is approx 330sq km, of which 230km is the lake. The remainder is tall forest and woodland, and it is home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the ... read more
Ground Hornbill

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha June 22nd 2013

Day 4/5 After what was a bit of a disappointing breakfast, we set off again for a shopping centre looking for the elusive football shirt - no luck. We got picked up by Joe for the airport, and asked if on the way we could stop at one of the sports shops we had seen for a shirt. We went to the shop of one of his friends, and Russ is now the proud owner of a shirt, complete with wonky Adidas embroidery logo! At the airport, we were a little early for the flight, but eventually approached the entrance and were asked for our Yellow Fever vaccination certificate and flight details. We're not sure how much of it she could read, as she studied it intently, but we were allowed to pass through to check ... read more
Our bungalow
Hotel gardens and Lake Duluti
The local brew


Following our wonderful stay at St. Jude's we had a rigorous ten day adventure planned. Though we normally prefer to travel independently, the safari circuit in northern Tanzania is best booked through a tour operator. After much research we found we could hire a local driver/guide for not much more than the cost of a group tour. There were many companies to choose from, but in the end we found Duma Explorer - an operator who was based in Arusha (meaning our payment would go into the local economy rather than overseas), treated their employees well, gave back to the local communities, and offered good service and a good price. We were also able to customize our itinerary rather than having to choose from a pre-packaged tour so it was a great way to still travel ... read more
Hiking Amongst the Zebra
Maasai Children
Typical Maasai Village

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha June 1st 2013

As we disembarked the plane and walked across the tarmac to the small Kilimanjaro airport, breathing in the warm tropical air, it really hit us – we are in Africa, a place of dreams. Known as the Dark Continent not for the racial undertones as many believe, but rather because so many areas of the map were left dark to indicate uncharted and undiscovered land in the nineteenth century, Africa still holds an exotic and mysterious appeal. Our arrival into Tanzania also signified the realization of our long standing goal: to travel to the six inhabited continents before the age of thirty. Our first stop in Tanzania was Arusha, once a small town it has now turned into a bustling city as it is widely accepted as the “Safari Capital” of Tanzania’s ever growing ... read more
St. Jude's Hallway
Another Lesson at St. Jude's
Andrew Rockin' the Drums!

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam May 24th 2013

My week in Tanzania flew by so quickly I barely had time to breathe. I was there to do a sort of reconnaissance trip for a new study we are developing on health communication impact. We are looking at people who receive no messages, interpersonal communication through healthcare providers and health workers, and those who hear mass media messages or those delivered through SMS. We are looking at such communication related to family planning and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) to see which channel (or combination of channels) has the greatest impact on getting men to VMMC services and women to use family planning. My week was spent meeting with USAID and organizations that implement related programs. I also interviewed 5 different candidates for a local researcher position—someone who will help me on the ground for ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City May 23rd 2013

On a prolonged ferry trip to a small, isolated island named Pemba, watching the Indian ocean unfold before you, one feels compelled to stare out at the sea. The peaceful deep blue expanse, with a solitary turquoise and white trailing into the horizon to mark where we came from, competing with the noises of children, families, people selling food or tying up their chickens. Mesmerized more by the sea than the people, I found myself singing to the ocean, a soundtrack to this trip i could never have anticipated: Don't throw your barbie dolls in the ocean There are more important things for them to do .....They're going to come back to manipulate you. Malibu beach party, how come I could never go? Barbie you have it all together, how come you always know what to ... read more
First Sunset in Pemba Island
Snorkel Steve beside the boat
Hermi the Hermit Crab

Africa » Tanzania » Centre » Dodoma May 8th 2013

THE BIG 5 IN AFRICA FOR OUR GUESTS FRAN AND JACK Normally when we talk about the ‘Big 5 in Africa’ we are speaking about the 5 most cherished animals to view on safari. These are: the lion, buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros and leopard. However, when I am speaking of the ‘Big 5’ for the purpose of this blog I am speaking about a recent visit from Jeannie’s sister Fran and her husband Jack. They arrived on March 24th for a three week adventure. During that time they experienced what I am referring to as their ‘Big 5’; being safaris, experiencing life in the town of Dodoma (and Moshi), village visits, life at Msalato campus, and finally, a trip to Zanzibar. They experienced as much of Africa as they possibly could during their ... read more
Mountain Hikers
The Adventurers
A Tout Attack

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