My first African safari

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Safari camps in Tanzania & Kenya

Flag of Tanzania  ,
Monday, March 5, 2001

This trip actually started in Arusha (Tanzania) of an 18-day journey.  I had no idea what to expect or what we will be seeing and taking pictures of, but I was more-or-less prepared for a great adventure.  

On the last leg of my flight from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro airport (Tanzania), my seatmate, Sam, was a gentleman from Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania.  He got his college education in the UK, and now works for a film company in Atlanta.   He was going home to visit his family and friends, but before we said our goodbyes, we had exchanged email addresses.   Although we had very few communication between us since our return, he had introduced me to his friend in Dar es Salaam, a physician, Bashir Samma.  The reason I mention this is because from all my contacts through all my travels, the friendship I developed with Bashir has lasted through all these years since this trip.



The hotel itinerary shows the places we visited in chronological order:

March 5-6: Flight from SFO to Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania
March 6-7: Moivano Lodge, Arusha
March 8-9: Tarangiri Safari Lodge
March 10: Lake Manyara Kirurumu Lodge
March 11-14: Serengeti  (this is the premier game park in the world)
March 15-16: Karatu Plantation Lodge (we visited a village grade school)
March 17: Nairobi Stanley Hotel.  ( Edward Prince of Wales, Ernest Hemingway and Frank Sinatra stayed here)
March 18-19: Sweetwater Game Preserve (we saw Jane Goodall's monkey sanctuary here)
March 20-21: Mara Safari Club (Masai Mara Game Preserve)
March 22-23: Flight home




Without further adieu, the following will show you, mostly in pictures, how this trip developed in what we were able to observe and learn.
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ARUSHA:


Pictures will follow later.





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On the way to Lake Manyara:



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Rift Valley:



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NGORONGORO CRATER:



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SERENGETI:






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