Heading for Africa
Trip Start Jul 19, 2007
13Trip End Aug 03, 2007
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Do any of you remember the Junior Ranger program of National Geographic? Or better yet, were you a member? Amy was. As she tells it, "For 7 years while living overseas, I was a proud member of that club, thanks to my father who got me the subscription. I poured over the magazine again and again and I wore my little yellow button (I still have it). In the 70s, it seems Africa was more often the topic. Lions, elephants, the Masaai, the Serengeti, researchers in tent camps all seemed so exotic and romantic to me. Ironically, we had lived in Libya for a couple years but my parents never took us on Safari
"So, now, decades later, I'm prepping to take my safari with Nathan. While packing all the khaki clothes, the hiking boots, sunscreen, and bug repellant, I catch myself over and over again just sitting and thinking about all of it. Strangely, the one resonating moment that stuck was knowing how hard I would cry when I got there."
Nathan's eight-week sabbatical seemed like a perfect time to try our first safari ("safari" is Swahili for "journey"). Amy noticed a sign at the Seattle REI store advertising a slideshow presentation on two Africa trips offered by REI Adventures. The trip through Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe sounded amazing, but we settled on the Classic Safari, a journey through some of the most storied destinations in Africa, including the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.
With about nine days of safari ahead through four major parks, followed by three days on the island of Zanzibar, there was nothing to do but pack!