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Elephants at Tarangire Park tearing up a Baobab tree.

Well, we made it to Zanzibar after a wonderful five day adventure looking for the big five on Safari.  We did see all five, including the leopard on the last day in the Ngorongoro Crater.  However, the highlight for me was when I got to drive the Landcruiser through the Serengeti!  I confessed to our driver/guide after a few wines one night that I really wanted to drive and he laughed, probably thinking "crazy mzungu."  But the next day toward the end of the game drive he pulled over, looked back at me and asked, do you want to drive?  TIA (this is Africa), so pretty much anything goes I think.  I immediately thought oh, I haven't driven in five months, let alone a stick in ages and on the left side of the road?  But my body was too busy jumping into the driver's seat and taking off.

Giraffe munching on an acacia tree - they are prickly trees!
  I had such a smile on my face the whole time.  Margaret made sure we had photographic evidence. I only drove about 45 minutes and never left 3rd gear, but it was a rush!  I've never had to pull over for giraffes before. 
 
Aside from that, seeing animals in the wild was exceptional.  We saw a ton of lions.  One morning we saw a whole group having breakfast.  We were so close to them all feeding we could smell the kill, which turned out to be a zebra.  The male was roaring at the little cubs trying to get a bite here and there.  We saw hippos running, elephants crossing the road, lots of wildebeest and antelope, giraffe, a shy rhino, pink flamingos, cheetahs, buffalo, hyenas, ostrich, warthog, baboons, the list goes on and on, and believe me, I kept a list.
The zebras and wildebeests liked to hang together.

After four days of hanging with the wild, including listening to some zebras feed outside our tent while camping on the edge of the crater, we headed back to Arusha for one more night before a long bus ride to Dar es Salaam, and then a ferry to Zanzibar this morning.  It is paradise here!  I don't plan to do a whole lot this week.  Both of us are really tired.  The last month has been incredible but now we want to chill before Margaret leaves Friday.  So I plan to enjoy having her company until then and soak up some sun despite the doxy and its side-effects (my anti-malarials make me sun-sensitive.)  I will post pictures soon I promise, but I have picked up another virus downloading photos so I'm not sure how it will go.  I have so many now.  And I need to blog about Kilimanjaro more fully.  As time passes, so does the rush I felt afterward but I still can't believe we made it - although the ridiculous amount of gear we have to carry now is a constant reminder.  Anyway, I feel like I can't keep up with all that is happening here.  Africa has been so amazing! 


Johnb42 says:
That is totally awesome Chris!!! I booked myself a volunteer opportunity to work with tigers sometime next summer for two weeks, so that should be a total blast for me!! Happy venturing and stay safe!!!

Posted on: Nov 08, 2007
arlene0725 says:
That is amazing. I saw all the Big Five animals while in Kenya January 2000. I wanted to get to Ngorongoro Crater as well. I'll be back to Africa in two years. Hakuna matata! Arlene
Posted on: Nov 04, 2007
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Giraffe munching on an acacia tre…
The zebras and wildebeests liked t…
The zebras and wildebeests liked …
Thats one way to get across.
That's one way to get across.
I love the baboons - seriously too…
I love the baboons - seriously to…
Buffalo - one of the big five!
Buffalo - one of the big five!
Breakfast in the Serengeti.
Breakfast in the Serengeti.
Later with a full belly.  They wer…
Later with a full belly. They we…
Over Ngorongoro Crater
Over Ngorongoro Crater
Cheetah awoken from a nap
Cheetah awoken from a nap
Frank changing the tire the mornin…
Frank changing the tire the morni…
Flamingos and zebras in the Crater.
Flamingos and zebras in the Crater.
Hippo pool.
Hippo pool.
A nap after a morning hunt perhaps?
A nap after a morning hunt perhaps?
They get pretty close sometimes.
They get pretty close sometimes.
Rummaging through our breakfast re…
Rummaging through our breakfast r…
Pride rock?
Pride rock?
Hanging in the tent, drinking our …
Hanging in the tent, drinking our…
Shy hippo.
Shy hippo.
Hyena.
Hyena.
Warthogs munching, they always ben…
Warthogs munching, they always be…
Family out and about - one is hitc…
Family out and about - one is hit…
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