Safari In East Africa
Trip Start Jun 20, 2003
20Trip End Mar 01, 2004
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But we had to start off in the place that seems to only breed touts, Nariobi. Nairobi is a dirty, polluted, dangerous city. The minute that we stepped off the plane to the minute we were secure in our safari vehicle, we were being harassed. The touts are amazingly fierce and persistent, and will wait for you while you eat dinner if you simply say "maybe later" or will find you in impossibly crowded streets hours after you have blown them off. We left as quickly as we could
We headed off to Lake Nakuru first, renowned for its pink flamingos. And it was a beautiful sight, to look upon the lake and see a sea of pink! They actually let us out of the vehicle that time so we could just walk along the lakeside and enjoy not just the sight but the stinky smell of tens of thousands of flamingos. The other thing that Lake Nakuru is famous for is their rhinos, which is one of the harder of the Big Five Animals to see. It was a beautiful and impressively large creature that could have easily tossed our flimsy safari vehicle at anytime, but we were able to get within 10 feet of one.
The highlight of the safari was Maasai Mara. The Serengeti and Maasai Mara are actually a single wildlife park called different names because one is in Tanzania and the other in Kenya. The animals don't make that distinction, though, and the great wildebeest migration was on! Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest make the migration from Tanzania to Kenya every year to get to better grazing land. And along the way, the predators follow them preying on the young, the old, and the weak. So that means the cats follow them.
Sharad's favorite part of the whole trip was the cheetah's dinner
After days of camping we were ready for some luxury as we headed off to a hotel in Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania. Ngorogoro Crater is an old volcano that has collapsed in on itself leaving this rich valley that is filled with amazing wildlife. The view from the rim is spectacular and it just can't be described in words or captured in pictures. You must all go.
We've finally had our fill of safariing, and so we're off for some R&R at the beautiful tropical island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.