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So, after a nice few days together in Tofo, it was time to move on to new adventures in Tanzania. (*Tahn Zahn ya). We left Inhambane for Joburg, then the next morning we boarded a Kenya Airways flight for Kiliminjaro with a connection in Nairobi. Kenya Airways was quite nice, it is on the approved European list of African airlines. We landed in Nairobi and headed for the connecting gate to Kiliminjaro, where I quickly learned my passport was missing. I am always very paranoid about making sure I have my passport, so Randy and I were both in shock. And so the saga begins…. First, I retraced all of my steps from gate 9 to gate 5. No passport. We suggested they check the plane we came in on. That plane, we were informed, has ... read more
New friends at Lake Manyara!


So, after a nice few days together in Tofo, it was time to move on to new adventures in Tanzania. (*Tahn Zahn ya). We left Inhambane for Joburg, then the next morning we boarded a Kenya Airways flight for Kiliminjaro with a connection in Nairobi. Kenya Airways was quite nice, it is on the approved European list of African airlines. We landed in Nairobi and headed for the connecting gate to Kiliminjaro, where I quickly learned my passport was missing. I am always very paranoid about making sure I have my passport, so Randy and I were both in shock. And so the saga begins…. First, I retraced all of my steps from gate 9 to gate 5. No passport. We suggested they check the plane we came in on. That plane, we were informed, has ... read more
tan 12 new friends at Lake Manyara

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area February 26th 2012

Life in the tent camp primitive. This blog WAS NOT done in camp. Giraffes and cape buffalo visitors in camp. Saw cheetah mom with 4 cubs 30 minutes in land rover from camp and another mom with 2 older cubs 1 hour from camp. Could hear the lions roaring at night. Wildebeest have migrated through, some did not make the water crossing and skulls and bones on the lake shore.... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area February 25th 2012

Drove down into the Ngorongoro Crater today and had some cool sights. Watched a cheetah stalking prey. Saw a rhino and hippo. Watched a jackel jump and nearly catch a bird. Watched a 2 lion cubs feeding from mother from about 30 ft. Mother came up to the Land Rover and was within 10 ft. Wait until you see the pictures. No wireless here. Can't download pictures. We will be heading into the Ngorongoro Conservation area tomorrow and will not have any internet connection from our tents. Everone is having a great time. Our guide very impressed by the cheetah today as he had never seen one in Ngorongoro Crater.... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area January 15th 2012

Our first night in the N'dutu wilderness camp was a slightly more wild experience. Although the canvas tents were more luxurious than we expected, including beds and porta-potties, we still felt a tad unsure of their safety rating should we be swarmed by animals in the night. The manager of the camp assured Morgan (with a totally straight face) that the canvas and plastic venting were completely "lion proof." Yeah. Right. This was why we were always escorted to our tents with a Maasai gaurd armed with a spear and also why we were not allowed to leave our tents until daylight. We headed out that afternoon on an evening game drive, with the hopes of coming across the wildebeests migrating. We were met with no success and were just a tad curious where you could ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area January 15th 2012

We welcomed the farmhouse for its hot showers and the ability to do laundry for the first time since we finished our climb. It was nice to finally feel clean! We spent two nights at the Farmhouse which included afternoon siesta times, which we were all very excited about. After an evening of sending out laundry and hand washing what we could (laundry is VERY expensive here), we headed to bed early in anticipation for the crater the next morning. We met our team of drivers the next morning at just before 6:00 as we were only allowed to be in the crater for 6 hours. Leaving early meant less tourists and enjoying the morning views with some reprieve from the afternoon heat. The drive into the crater was something along the lines of Jurassic park ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area December 28th 2011

We had to say goodbye to Edwin yesterday when he dropped us back in Arusha for our flight out. (He dropped us at the Arusha Hotel, made famous by John Wayne in Hatari, and they were milking that connection for every ounce of benefit.) Edwin is my one and only example of a safari driver, so it is hard to make comparisons, but we were thrilled with everything he had to show us and could not have asked for better. He works for Leopard Tours, one of the largest in Tanzania, with over 150 vehicles in their fleet. We saw their vans everywhere we went and they always exchanged a friendly wave or headlight blink. That connection certainly came in handy for another Leopard driver when he got stuck in the mud at Lake Ndutu, because ... read more
Hippo Family
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Elephant in the Crater

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area August 25th 2011

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Game Viewing: Lions, Elephants, Hippos, Buffalo, Cheetah, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyenas, & Birds Game drives: 6:30am to 2:00pm – normally only one game drive a day as the park closed at 6:00pm. However I did manage two (2) drives in a day to try and maximize the game viewing. Guide: Killian – very good The Ngorongoro Crater is located in Northern Tanzania, once a volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. It is an extensive highland area with a 600 metre (1,900 ft) deep Crater which is the focal point that shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. The views are spectacular and because the animals are not migratory, it is arguable one of the world’s natural wonders. From Zanzibar we flew to Arusha and then onto the ... read more
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Transfer day from Serengeti NP to Ngorongoro Crater. Stopped at Olduvpai Gorge, not Olduvai Gorge, on the way to the Crater. Some German guy was in the process of naming a butterfly found in the area and thought the natives said Olduvai instead of the proper Olduvpai. Every since the world has known it has Olduvai instead on Oldupai. Not much to look at--just a gorge. However, has a good museum and visitor’s center. Learned a team last week may have made an important find in the 1.75 to 2 million year layer. The items are off to the lab to verify the date. Arrived at the Crater at 12:40 p.m. Is kinda of impressive from a landscape point of view. Not impressive from a wildlife point of view once you have been in the Northern ... read more


After a lovely breakfast (with some really excellent coffee!) we took a 20-minute Cessna Caravan charter from Arusha to Manyara, then got in our jeeps and were transported to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We spent the day driving around the crater floor, and we saw cape buffalo, zebra, baboons, warthogs, wildebeest, lions, cranes, ostrich, gazelle, eland and hyena. The highlight of the day was finding a wildebeest in a watering hole who was surrounded by hyena. There were over thirty of them and they just kept coming. We hoped for the best but knew the big guy didn’t stand a chance. And he didn’t. It was horrifying to watch, but that’s life on the savanna, all day every day. For our own lunch we were surprised with a catered affair in the floor of the ... read more
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