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TANZANIA:

  • Arusha City-Tarangire National Park (Tarangire Sopa Lodge): LIONS, GIRAFFES, BIRDS, ANTELOPE, IMPALAS, ELEPHANTS, WILDEBEESTS, OSTRICH, CHAMELEONS, MONKEYS, BOARS, WATERBUCKS --savanah plains
  • Lake Manyara National Park (Lake Manyara Serena Lodge): GIRAFFES, BUFFALO, ZEBRAS, BABOONS, BOARS, BLUE MONKEYS, FLAMINGOS, ANTELOPE, MONITOR LIZARD, BIRDS --jungle
  • Serengeti National Park (Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp): MARABO BIRD, ZEBRA, GISELLE, WILDEBEEST, LION, OSTRICH, BOARS, LEOPARD, STORKS, BABOONS, HYREX, TOPI, CHEETAH, JACKAL, BAT EARRED FOX, HYENA, WART HOGS
  • Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (Ngorongoro Serena Lodge) BLACK RHINO, ELEPHANT, LION, ZEBRA, WILDEBEEST, HIPPO, GISELLE
  • Arusha
      • Rivertrees Hotel (cottage 1 or something by river - spend couple days here - do property trails - do local tour + arusha city tour (kilombero market)
      • Karatu Region -- farmland
      • Cultural Tour -- Arusha
      • Cultural Heritage Center
      • Maasai Market
      • Kilimanjaro in Moshi area
      • Arusha National Park ($100)
      • Masaai bomas (villages) - do one in hills of ngorogoro area with soccer field
      • Shanga Shangaa disabilities art studio in Arusha
      • Kikuletwa Hotsprings

ZANZIBAR:

  • Zanzibar Learning for Life
  • Stone Town
  • Spice Tour
  • Walking Tour ($15 -- arrange at Emerson Spice Hotel)
  • Darajani Market
  • Prison Island -- giant tortoises
  • Forodhani Gardens (evening vendors - go at sunset to watch men jump off dock)
  • Heritage Society Music Academy (next to mizingani hotel)
  • Cheetah's Rock (T/TH/Sun 2pm-6:45 $140)
  • Old Fort
    • Food:
      • Lukmaan Restaurant -- great fun cheap
      • Passing Show Hotel
      • Tea House Restaurant (emerson hurumzi hotel rooftop - so nice)
  • Paje beach
      • Taperia
      • Stone Town Cafe
    • Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park ($10 monkeys/mangroves)

NOTES:

  • magical brown bunnies everywhere at Dublin airport. was so happy.
  • andrew helping me with tourist visa money at atm
  • slow season so I have the driver Deo all to myself
  • two young men asked me the difference between a blog and a website...after trying to use an old webster's dictionary. I also had a difficult time articulating it haha.
  • massai boys dressed in black with white painted faces (recently circumcised - if they cry during procedure it brings shame to family)
  • young children (4 years) herding cows, goats, and donkeys in the countryside. so beautiful.
  • four lions sleeping in trees together
  • seeing the coupled animals out here that mate for life
  • dreaming about safari animals when taking a nap...thinking of the lions hiding everywhere and seeing all their prey on alert.
  • lions mating 20 feet from me
  • can't escape tourist trappings (stopping at a souvenir shop on a tour, cheesy performances at hotel) but remember you're there to put money into their economy.
  • Deo and his wife taking me to jazz club
  • need full day and half to adjust
  • they use "you are welcome" in different way than in US - more literal
  • zebras locking heads for protection - looking out for each other
  • massai children sitting around teacher in beautiful countryside - and coming to wave at us
  • poaching coming to an end, and female circumcision -- gives me hope
  • hearing lions while sleeping in tented camp in Serengeti
  • animals and birds all coming to life as the sun rises
  • teetsi fly bites
  • rain downpour in serengeti at night
  • hiking in bush with armed ranger (buffalos can charge and be dangerous)
  • lost baby wildebeest separated from herd near lion territory
  • massai herders carrying cell phones and playing soccer
  • 4 feet from two lions
  • Deo my guide :) --easy travel "busy busy busy" Deo 255 784 319505
  • listening to country music in Deo's car on way to club...his car barely making it because he replaced engine (like James - so funny)
  • convincing every shop to make the holding zebras...if it happens I am responsible!
  • bargain 1/2 of price they offer
  • 3900 safari, 1400 plane ticket, 200 zanzibar plane ticket, 285 zanzibar 3 nights, 197 Rivertrees food etc, 476 arusha 4 night hotel, 1300 cash: $7700
  • considerations: touts, making sure respecting muslims with clothing (avoid Ramadan in June - restaurants closed during day), mosquitos, humidity (go in late May), carry small change for tipping
may 9 2017 ∞
sep 4 2017 +