Africa » Tanzania » North » Tarangire National Park December 26th 2012

We checked out from our lodge in the morning at 8:00am. After exchanged some cash at Arusha’s city center, we headed west to Tarangire National Park. Half an hour later, we already left the majestic Mt. Meru behind, now we were surrounded by the open plain dotted with Maasai villages. The village normally consists of several thatched huts with low roof and a cattle or sheep pen. As Justin and us got more familiar, our topics of discussion started touching things of his life, such as his family and what he did for living. He became very angry when he told us about the government corruption and unfairness in the society. He is quite a passionate person. It has been very cloudy since we left Arusha. Rain started about 1 hour after we were on our ... read more
The most spectacular feature of Tarangire is its largest population of elephants
Game drive in Tarangire
A pair of very rare African Hunting Dogs

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Arusha City December 25th 2012

Justin picked us up at the lodge at 8:30am in the second morning. Our safari tour officially started from Arusha National Park. The perimeter of Arusha National Park is only several miles to Arusha, but its main gate is about 40 miles away from the city. Although the size is small, the park has diversified geographical features, including Mt. Meru, Merella lake, forest and grassland over the Ngurdoto Crater. About an hour later, we parked our car at the entrance. While Justin was checking in at the office, we saw several giraffes walking in a bush about 200 feet from us. It’s our first wildlife encounter in Africa, understandably we were quite excited. The entrance gate leads into shadowy forest. We started seeing more animals, including groups of zebras and buffaloes. We stopped at a ranger ... read more
Buffaloes at Arusha National Park
Rangers at Momella-Tululusia Waterfall
A male waterbuck standing in the rain

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Arusha City December 24th 2012

The decision to visit Tanzania at the year end was really made during Thanksgiving holidays. It's possible to get ready in such a short time is because I already did my research and had contacted several travel agencies, especially the one we finally chose, Base Camp Tanzania, when we struggled between the trip to Antarctica and Eastern Africa a year early. The trip was confirmed only a couple of days after Thanksgiving and we were on our way three weeks later. Our trip started at Arusha, which is served by Kilimanjaro International Airport for international travelers. KLM is the only major airline offers direct flight to the airport. It was our longest connecting flights so far. We had totally 21 hours in the air. Layover time was shorter than our other trips, but we were lucky ... read more
Front yard of Ilboru Safari Lodge
The breakfast at Ilboru Safari Lodge
Small Swahili dishes at dinner

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