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Safari over

We are back from our final game drive of the trip and actually have an afternoon to chill by the pool. It is hard to believe that we are already this far into our trip but the past 11 days have been nothing short of amazing so I really cannot complain.


This morning we visited the Lake Maynara Game Park and saw many of our favourites including zebra, giraffe, elephants, wildebeests, and warthogs. The biggest show came from the baboons. Not only because of their numbers but because they were so close we could watch them pick the insects off each other, interact, and mate. Yup, once again, we were treated to a close up mating session. I thought I would die laughing. It is even funnier with three teenagers in the car. It was a nice morning with the park having more forest than we have seen but honestly once you have been on the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti it is hard to compete.


Since I don’t have a full day’s activities to report I thought I would answer of the questions I have been asked.

What is the food like?

The food has not been that different. At every hotel, whether a la carte or buffet, there has been a big selection of Indian food. I am told that the East Indians came here years ago and bought a lot of property and have a large influence. There has been lots of steak on the menu and Isaac has enjoyed that. We ate goat, lamb and parrot fish. Nothing really weird.

Is Africa civilized?

I have only seen a very limited amount of the two countries I have visited but I would say yes. Of course, there are hundreds of tribes that still exist and what we saw yesterday wasn’t civilized by our standards but they seemed to be making it work. The hotels have been outstanding as has the service. It is one of the cleanest places I have been. There is effort put into conserving the wildlife and the environment. Our guide does remind us that not everyone is educated so it takes work. I never felt unsafe.


Shopping and Prices

There is little shopping as much of the stuff is the same and kind of junky. It is also very expensive. I am sure you can buy the same at Pier One or A Thousand Villages for less. We are glad all our meals were included in the price of our tour because food is also pricey.


This runs the gamut. We have had great regular toilets, clean Asian style and clean holes but also some of the worst I have ever seen. But when you gotta go, ya gotta go. So if you decide to come, make sure you can squat and hold your breath at the same time.


Is this my best trip ever?

It is certainly fighting for first place. I have not enjoyed any trip more than this one. I loved Vietnam and Cambodia for the interaction with people and Kenya and Tanzania for the incredible nature and for introducing me to a world I could have never imagined. It only existed on TV when we only had two channels and I would watch nature shows on the weekends. Africa has completely intrigued me and I look forward to exploring much more of the continent. Ethiopia, Namibia, and Botswana are top on my list.

This just in....

We just got some news that has good and bad. Our flight tomorrow to Zanzibar has been cancelled so instead of leaving from Arusha we are now leaving from Kilimanjaro airport. It is a later flight and an hour further but we get to see the mountain which is great. You probably won’t hear from us tomorrow since it will be a lounge and travel day.

A few more things...

Here is an example of an Tanzania bridge when it hasn't been raining.


We saw a lion eating a buffalo today. Look where they start. Ewww


And here is the photographery group that just arrived and saw their first lion


Posted by curlygirl 07:36 Archived in Tanzania Tagged africa safari tanzania adventures

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You two are looking great! Sounds wonderful. and the pictures are fantastic. Thanks for sharing. All good on the street. Take care and enjoy the remainder of your travels.

by Cathy

Fantastic pictures!!

by Lisa

Amazing photos and posts Shelley! I feel like I'm there with you, and I get excited when an email comes saying you've posted again!

by Susan

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