Forget the opulent hunting trips of years ago: Safari properly means "journey" and that's what it was packed in the back of a truck with 20 or so other campers, rattling down the dusty roads of east Africa. For two weeks in October 2004, we toured the remote natural areas of Kenya and Tanzania.
Our trip took us from Nairobi to the wild Masai Mara, the lush Ngorongoro Crater, and the unending grasslands the Serengeti. Along the way, we saw the abundant wildlife, enchanting landscapes, and friendly people even amid devastating poverty that make travel in this part of the world so moving. For me, it was a first look at Africa I will never forget.
Click on the days below for a selection of my journals and pictures from the journey. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope I convey the richness and beauty of the places I saw.
Sun. 3 Oct. - Nairobi to Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Mon. 4 Oct. - Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Tue. 5 Oct. - Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Wed. 6 Oct. - Lake Naivasha to the Loita hills, Kenya
Thu. 7 Oct. - Loita hills to Masai Mara, Kenya
Fri. 8 Oct. - Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Sat. 9 Oct. - Masai Mara to Nairobi, Kenya
Sun. 10 Oct. - Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha, Tanzania
Mon. 11 Oct. - Arusha to Karatu, Tanzania
Tue. 12 Oct. - Karatu to the Serengeti, Tanzania
Wed. 13 Oct. - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Thu. 14 Oct. - Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Fri. 15 Oct. - Ngorongoro Crater to Mto Wa Mbu, Tanzania
Sat. 16 Oct. - Mto Wa Mbu, Tanzania to Nairobi, Kenya and home
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Details: The tour was the Guerba Overland Masai Heartlands trip departing Oct. 1, 2004. I booked the trip in July through the Adventure Travel Company in the United States. (Good service from both companies.) All the photos were taken with a Minolta Dimage X20 digital camera.
Here's a link to more information about Guerba.