My Safari and Arusha..

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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Trip End Jul 22, 2008


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Meru House Inn & various camps

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Here i am my last day in Tanzania, in Africa for that matter. I am back in Arusha after my 5 day safari which was just glorious! After my first class bus ride everything seemed to fall into place almost too easily. At the bus station a man from a hotel that was mentioned in my travel guide grabbbed me (as they do, it's quite common), offered me a free ride so figured i could check it out. Within an hour i was showered, booked on a safari for the next day and sat down eating at friendly wee indian restaurant. Think i bargained pretty well too for the safari as i got the hotel free for that night and the night after but then again they always let you think that eh.. i did alright let's say.

My safari was very successful as we saw the big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo) and very fortunate with that as they are only apparently 250 rhinos left in the world and we saw 3, from a distance! holy!! Saw a plethora of other animals as well, to name a few - blue monkeys, velvet monkeys, ostriches, flamingos, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, mongooses, warthogs, bushpigs, and one turtle. We covered 4 differerent national parks and camped in a different one each night including the world famous Serengeti- its hugeeeeee and the absolutely breathtaking Ngorangora Crater (sunken volcanoe from millions of yrs ago). The crater was my favourite, so gorgeous, felt like i was on another planet, like mars perhaps. When we first went down it was submerged in fog and felt like i had gone to the other side...it was very surreal!

I was lucky enough to have joined a safari with just two other Aussies (sisters) and they were very pleasant and great to have a laugh with - your fellow company can make it or break it as we know. And needless to say i have a place in Canberra, Australia to stay now, which is perfect, didn't know anyone in that city...

One wee funny thing is that we stopped to have a boxed lunch in the crater and our tour guide warned us to eat in the vehice as there's eagles flying everywhere (as we could see) so we took his advice. We soon found some outside entertainment as some people from other safaris decided to be rebels without a cause and eat right in the open. These particular two women saw food taken from people's hands and continue to munch on their chicken, til their chicken was taken from their hands (both of them at different times) and they continued to eat and drink and the eagles continued, took juice, took banana..hello!!! what's wrong with people...and then they proceeded to get their bird book... we guessed which nationality they were and we were right...american! (not to stereotype) Not sure if this explanation does it justice but it was hilarious... trust me! EVen though they could have gotten their hands taken off...safety first please!!

Oh we stopped in a Masaii village as well which was interesting to see how they live off the land..as herders. Apparently they take up 5% up the population here so it's a huge tribe with many villages all over.

So here i am back in Arusha and im ready to leave. I fly to Bangkok, Thailand tomorrow baby and i'm looking forward to a change. I can't walk down the street here without being hounded by locals and my patience have basically wore thin. You have to learn to become rude very quickly and ignore people or else they will walk with you, talk with you and try to sell you things... being a lone muzungu woman doesn't help obviously. Malawi was nothing like this... i loved it, everyone left you alone but still very friendly. I guess the tourism hasn't hit there really and here it's quite touristy here which ruins it in a way. I find myself in hiding between the hotel and the internet cafe cuz i can't be bothered...haha. However....i have absolutely loved Africa, it has been very kind to me... didn't have any problems finding my way around and didn't feel uncomfortable at all - fabulous! I hope to be back.

Alrighty roo... time to go pack and for some dinner...catch you in thailand! p.s. photos to come if i can find high-speed internet, cheers!
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