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Safari's End

TANZANIA | Sunday, 14 Oct 2018 | Views [16]

BENDING TO GROUP PRESSURE (and flashing a smile at us) Omari stopped at the “official” African tourist store, something Connie admonished him about last time.  We shared our little joke as Becky looked for gifts, Andrea inspected the ... Read more >


Ngorongoro Crater

TANZANIA | Saturday, 13 Oct 2018 | Views [13]

WE LEFT MAKI MAKI AT SUNRISE for the drive south to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.  We climbed to the 8000 foot rim in low gear and didn’t go much faster on the 5000 foot descent, which made for wonderful — if vertigo inducing ... Read more >


A Lion Kill, Up Close and (Too) Personal

TANZANIA | Friday, 12 Oct 2018 | Views [13]

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY HOME FROM the Hippo Pool.  We came upon a group of lionesses and a cub stretching alongside the road.  While we were ooh-ing and aah-ing at the cub the lionesses came on alert.  They separated and took ... Read more >


Serengeti Cats — Cheetahs, Leopards and Lions

TANZANIA | Thursday, 11 Oct 2018 | Views [14]

TODAY WAS A DAY FOR CATS — Eine Katze Tag — although it began with a hopeful visit to the Mara River to watch the wildebeeste crossing.  Fifty Land Cruisers parked helter-skelter on our side of the river while the animals massed on ... Read more >


Serengeti National Park — Wildebeeste Migration

TANZANIA | Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018 | Views [10]

THE WILDEBEESTE ARE ON THEIR WAY BACK FROM the Masai Mara in Kenya, perhaps 1.5 million of them.  It appears they are bringing another million or so zebras with them but we've been told the wildebeeste actually follow the zebras.  Here in ... Read more >


Tarangire National Park

TANZANIA | Monday, 8 Oct 2018 | Views [11]

IT’S A LONG DRIVE FROM ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE SAFARI CAMP.  We took a break at an un-named lake in Masai country where Omari had to charm the women collecting water by explaining we were birding, not taking photos of them — which was mostly ... Read more >


A Night With The Masai

TANZANIA | Saturday, 6 Oct 2018 | Views [11]

THE MASAI DON’T ACTUALLY LIVE AT THE OLPOPONGI MASAI Cultural Center.  Only wasungu like us sleep in the pitch-dark, mud-wattle rondavals. There are no windows and no electricity except in the bar area and the bathrooms, only kerosene lanterns ... Read more >


Amani Biosphere Reserve and Mkomazi NP

TANZANIA | Thursday, 4 Oct 2018 | Views [11]

AMANI NATURE CENTER IS A UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE at the end of a truly horrendous road in extreme NE Tanzania.  We have a no frills,  “one-bulb” room (when the electricity is working) but the food is good and there seems to be ... Read more >


A New Addition

TANZANIA | Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018 | Views [25]

FOR MOST AMERICANS, AN AFRICAN SAFARI is one of those “trips of a lifetime.”  But we have spent nearly two years in more than 20 African countries and we have seen much of the wildlife . We didn’t come so far and spend so much ... Read more >


Birding Bonus Day

TANZANIA | Sunday, 30 Sep 2018 | Views [16]

OMARI PICKED US UP FROM OUR DOWNTOWN HOTEL at 9AM with Nasib as his co-pilot.  We hadn’t seen his son since our 2006 safari when he was only three days old.  He is a good looking 12-year old now, quiet and polite as most African kids ... Read more >


Photos: Tanzania Safari

TANZANIA | Saturday, 29 Sep 2018 | Photo Gallery


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Tanzania Inside Out

TANZANIA | Saturday, 29 Sep 2018 | Views [11]

OUR FLIGHTS FROM REUNION TO TANZANIA were changed and we were worried about making all the connections.  St. Denis to Mahe to Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro, after all, left a lot of room for errors.  As it turns out we made it with only a little ... Read more >


Birding Reunion Island: Roche Ecrite National Park

REUNION | Friday, 28 Sep 2018 | Views [29]

WE HAD ANOTHER EARLY START YESTERDAY for the switchback filled ride to Roche Ecrite National Park where the other 7 Reunion endemics live.  The Reunion stone chat obliged in the parking lot.  Within a mile up the steep trail we saw and photographed ... Read more >


Birding Mauritius: Black River Gorge National Park

MAURITIUS | Tuesday, 25 Sep 2018 | Views [21]

WE’VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THE AIR.  Besides the long flights on Qatar Airlines, we hopped from Mahe to Praslin and back, then flew to Mauritius and on to Rodriques and back.  And we still have another to Reunion.   ... Read more >


Birding Rodrigues Island

MAURITIUS | Sunday, 23 Sep 2018 | Views [19]

THE SEYCHELLES ARE JUST ABOUT opposite Dar es Salaam in the Indian Ocean.  Mauritius is three and a half hours away, a speck in the Indian Ocean somewhere east of Madagascar.  No puddle-jumper this time but a full-size A320.  It wasn’... Read more >


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