Heading home from our travels to Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa and now back in North America after about 24 hours of travel time. Been fingerprinted, frisked, full body scanned and interrogated numerous times in the past 24 hours and have managed to maintain my sense of humor. Each time that I have been asked to take off my belt, I have been thankful that I didn’t lose any weight while on safari. Each time that I took off my well worn boots and sent them through the x-ray machines I hoped no bells would go off. A small pair of nail clippers got me pulled aside at one location but, other than that, we made it to JFK. Now just the flight to Montreal and the drive from there to Ottawa.
Photos: Took plenty but weren’t able to upload reliably while away so watch for plenty over the next few weeks. We’ll be backdating the uploads to the days when the photos were taken.
The days we spent in Tanzania are now accessible from here: Tanzania
The days spent in Kenya are now accessible from here: Kenya
African Safari – Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha, Tanzania
After some of the gravel roads that we had encountered in the Masai Mara region of Kenya, the highway to Arusha was a real blessing. Although there was some highway construction still underway, necessitating detours onto rather rough parallel temporary roads, the highway was generally well paved and without much traffic so we made good time. Continue reading →
A bit of confusion, as one van took two of our group to the nearby airport, our second van headed off with three members of our group and Graeme and I ended up waiting for an hour and a half for the first van to return. The plane was later than expected. Hakuna Matata. Unfortunately, we had no way of knowing how long it would be until the first van returned and found ourselves watching our luggage by the loading area for an hour and a half. Thankfully, a few birds and reptiles came by to give us something to photograph and the assistant manager of the lodge came by to talk about the day earlier soccer match (SOPA team lost 4-1 without my help :-)).
African Safari – Saying Goodbye to the Masai Mara National Park
First, I should say that I don’t know who Jess or Sean are, but the leaf carving outside the SOPA lodge was an interesting find (see the above banner).
This was our last early morning game drive in the Mara to look for the elusive leopard and whatever else we could find. Surprisingly, we did manage to photograph some new animals we hadn’t identified yet on earlier drives. Continue reading →
This was our last evening safari on the Masai Mara and we were still hoping to locate that elusive Leopard or one of the rare Black Rhinos. We didn’t see either of those, but did manage to see a few more elephants and another lion or two and added another bird species to our ever-growing list. Continue reading →
During our period of R&R, I wandered down the pathway from the lodge to the small, three hut model Maasai village nearby. I was interested in buying a small mask. Seven Maasai women were interested in selling me cloth, masks, bracelets, beads and all manner of handiwork. After much discussion and bartering, I left with their picture and a mask and they kept some of my money :-). Continue reading →