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Africa » Tanzania » North » Tarangire National Park September 28th 2013

Taragire park Three hour drive with stop at Tanzanite shop. Mostly paved roads finally, until reaching park. Very interesting views of African villages. Park full of elephants by the thousands. Another close encounter with cheetahs. Accomodations in tented camp with view of river valley with large numbers of elephants and giraffes. Linda has already asked them to respray for possible bugs and spiders.Tomorrow early start to Arusha to catch flight to Stonetown on Zanzibar. We are ready for a few days of relaxation on the beach without drives on dusty roads... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area September 27th 2013

Down into Ngorogoro Crater today. 200 square mile collapsed volcanic crater with high concentration of animals. Hippos fighting, lions mating, millions of pink flamingos. Exciting drive 1000 ft down into crater. Later visited Masai village. Circular enclosure with central corral for livestock surrounded by multiple huts- one for each wife. 17 huts and 30 children in village we saw, father 77 years old- don't know how he does it. Huts made of acacia tree limbs and dried cow dung. Barely could fit through entrance into hut. Two sleeping areas and fire in center. No electricity or water. Husband rotates between huts. Visited school where children were learning Masai, Swahili and English. Children 5 - 6 years old spend days herding goats and cattle. They walk dozens on miles each day with shoes made from motorcycle tires ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park September 26th 2013

Left Kuria Hills camp in early am On wednesday.Tried to send pictures from yesterday but web site was down for the time I had available. Will send more pics tomorrow. Saw more lions on the way out. Went to the rive r and watched the herd mass for 2 hours and the finally we saw the crossing of wildebeest by the thousands. Truly an amazing wonder of the world. Nearly 6 hour drive with stops for elephants giraffes and lions. Drove through the middle of herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, impalas, etc. 4 wheeling on dirt road the whole way at speeds up to 100 km/ hr! The driving is probably more risk than the animals.Tonite we are in a true tent camp called Kati Kati in the central Serengeti. Saw 4 lions crossing the road ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Arusha City September 25th 2013

Northern Serengeti part 2 Another great day on the Serengeti. Our guide SP continues to amaze with his great eye for wildlife and knowledge of the Serengeti and the world in general. The Tanzanian people are very educated, friendly and eager to share conversation. Today we again watched incredible gathering of the wildebeest across the river but no crossing. We are hopeful for crossing tomorrow am on the way out. Today we saw baby leopard cubs playing in their den, monkeys, many baboons in the field and a lion laying with his pride atop a rock out cropping in addition to many animals previously seen.Tomorrow off to the central Serengeti. We still can't believe we are here- more incredible than expected... More to come. Internet is scarce, as well as time, so not sure about timing ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Arusha City September 24th 2013

Northern Serengeti Another edge of the seat drive in Arusha to airport at 0630. Students in uniforms trying to get to school by walking or on back on pickups in face of major one road road traffic with crazy drivers and farmed carrying goods to market on hand or donkey drawn carts. Total pandemonium but no deaths that we saw.Airplane a small single engine cessna, with interesting flight over Masai villages and Ngorogoro Crater. Landed at Kotogende airstrip. Picked up by Africa 365 guide "SP". Interesting day watching wildebeest massing by the ten thousands along the Mara river for a crossing that did not happen today-maybe we will get lucky tomorrow. Spottings of a rare rhino in this area,elephants, hippos, zebras,cape buffalo,giraffe,and many others. Did not arrive at lodge until dark. Amazing place with panoramic view ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Arusha City September 23rd 2013

Arrived in Tanzania after an eventful flight from Heathrow (UK) via Nairobi (Kenya). The flight to Nairobi i enjoyed as i was sat next to a Kenyan lady who worked for the UN and on the other side a young doctor who was off to Uganda for 2 weeks. Nairobi is the hub for most East African flight transfers. Before leaving the Falkland Islands i noticed on the news that the airport had recently had a bad fire. After arriving (it was hot! - temperature that is, not the fire, that was out) we were directed down to the basement into a very confined space with little in the way of windows and ventilation. It wasn't the most pleasing news to hear that the plane had been delayed for a few hours. In the corner everyone ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha September 22nd 2013

Ride to Arusha Long day of flights was relatively uneventful. 1 hour ride to Arusha from kilamanjero notable for craziest drivers and pedestrians on narrow road for 36 km. There must be a busy trauma unit nearby.Hotel is okay except for spider that greeted Linda in the shower. Up early in am for transfer to airport for bush flight to north Serengeti at 645... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi September 1st 2013

Africa has a special way of making you feel small. The size and scale and magnitude of things becomes overwhelming. Not just the natural landscape… the cities, the people, the incomprehensible statistics. Spending six weeks gazing up at Kilimanjaro is guaranteed to alter your sense of perspective. The mountain isn’t a permanent presence. Hidden in clouds much of the time, it occasionally reveals itself, silently, taking everyone surprise. Walking home, someone will suddenly shout “Kili’s out!” and we all turn and stare. As if someone had just spotted an illusive safari creature which could disappear back into the bush at any moment. In this way you never become accustomed to the mountain. It will make you stop and look, every time. After my little detour to Zanzibar I arrived in Moshi, to spent time at the ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park August 31st 2013

And so the loop to Uganda brought us back around to Nairobi and found me with ox testicles in my mouth. I suppose I should clarify that sentence. The first 2 weeks(previous blog)delivered many highlights which involved animals, so it seemed only fitting that we should go to a restaurant and try to eat the vast majority of them. We visited Carnivores and paid the exuberant fee of $50 for an all you could eat meat buffet, although sadly those GreenPeace hippy types have ensured that a lot of the more interesting dishes can no longer be eaten. I'm all for saving the planet but I wanted to eat some zebra dammit, if only for payback at having to see 3trillion of them during the tour and the way they act like they have better eyelashes ... read more
Victoria Falls From the helicopter
Lion with its kill
Ox testicle=yum

Africa » Tanzania » South » Songea August 30th 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013- Saturday, August 31st, 2013 On the road again… Today we were on the road again from Iringa back to Dar Saleem airport. We stopped at an arts and crafts store on the way. I bought a lion painting, salad spoons and a jewellery box. Renata bought some jewellery. The whole Tancan 2013 team cleared out the store in one sweep. Then we were back on the road again to Dar Saleem airport. We may have missed our flight if we did not take a secret route to the airport to bypass the rush hour traffic. We were able to make our flight with time to spare. The plane ride home was fairly uneventful. From DarSaleem we headed to Zurich, from Zurich to Newark and from Newark to Buffalo and then the greyhound ... read more
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