Passionate about creating memories

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    The Adventure begins! Our flight to Nairobi
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    Our first home. Overnight Lodge at the start of our journey in Arusha, Tanzania.
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    Grounds of our accomodation in Arusha, Tanzania
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    Local trading post, just outside Arusha, Tanzania.
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    Grazing prey animals, Lake Manyara, Tanzania.
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    Sunset over Lake Manyara, Tanzania
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    Another day, another lodge. This one at Lake Manyara, Tanzania.
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    Lake Manyara Lodge ridge, looking back towards Arusha, Tanzania
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    Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
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    Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. The earth really was that vibrant!
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    Gibbs Farm plantation, Tanzania. Originally a plantation, now a luxury hotel on the Safari circuit & our lunch stop on day 2. The restaurant operates on its own grown produce & after lunch we were given a tour of the grounds. Coming from a climate where things are grown seasonally, really quite strange to see winter veg (brussels etc) growing alongside summer ones ( peas, beans etc)
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    not everything grown to eat at Gibbs Farm, Tanzania.
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    Our Tuesday afternoon was spent with this lovely Iraqw family ( native tribe to Tanzania & at one time mortal enemies of the Masaai). Heard much about tribal history & life in the bush.
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    and in typical African culture, our visit culminated in an opportunity to buy some local crafts. Beautiful jewelery for both our daughters. I'm sure the lady must have been surprised when my wife paid her first price but as she said afterwards, she thought they were worth what our host had asked & whilst probably a relatively large sum to her, relatively pocket change to us given the exchange rate for the US$ at the time ( yes, you read correctly, we were in Africa but the dollar was the most widely accepted hard currency in these parts!)
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    On the rim of the Ngorogor Crater, c 7,500 ft above Sea Level.
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    And another sunset, over the rim of the Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania
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    Approaching the entrance to the Ngorogoro Crater park. About 8.00 in the morning, 7,500 feet above sea level. Probably the only time I had more that a tea shirt on the top ( three layers this morning!)
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    Weather undecided! Parked up whilst our Driver pays the park fees
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    Hard to believe we're on the caldera floor of an extinct volcano. Ngorogoro crater, Tanzania. Still over 5,000 ft above sea level!
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    This crater is massive! The calder floor covers over 100 sq miles! Getting us used to these massive scales - even bigger to come!
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    Sums the safari culture up completely really. Wildlife living symbiotically with safari vehicles.
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    You get a scale of the Safari business when everyone stops for lunch. Just a few of the Landcruisers parked up for lunch. Many safaris start from Arusha (Tanzania's safari capital but also, at the time of our trip, home to the Rwanda War Crimes Tribuneral) & the numbers gradually decline as you move west since these trips require longer ( ours was 7 days to get over to the Western Serengeti)
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    A common sight in the crater. We were regularly surrounded by grazing prey animals - mainly Wilderbeest & Zebras
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    Caldera floor by day from the ridge, Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania
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    Oldupai Gorge, Tanzania. Part of the Great Rift Valley in the Eastern Serengeti. Believed to have been occupied by the first human species around 2 million years ago.
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    Gateway to the Serengeti National Park. Gateway but no fences. The Serengeti National Park is one of nine in Tanzania but in size, roughly equivalent to the counties of central England!
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    Naabi Hill, Serengeti National Park
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    A moment's reflection
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    The local bus service, stopping at Naabi Hill. We watched this whilst stopped for lunch. I was convinced that the passengers disembarking from this door were simply going around the back & getting on again - there seemed so many getting off - made Greek buses seem positively empty!
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    Naabi Hill community & plains beyond
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    This view ws repeated time & time again! Plains grass to the horizon & you knew that once you got to that horizon, you'd see the same again, and again - the scale is just staggering!
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    Bend in the River, Serengeti, Tanzania
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    Another day, another lodge. This one, the Serengeti Serena Lodge. whilst the park authorities allow lodges to be built in the park, they won't allow them to be fenced so it's not uncommon to open the curtains in the morning to see Zebras or Dik Dik's grazing outside your window.
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    Prey & Predator. Thought we might see some action here but our driver took one look at the situation & dismissed it. Apparently lions are lazy - he was right!
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    Flightly Zebras!. These animals, apparently, aren't great at finding grazing but where they do excel is spotting predators. Once all the dust had settled, we saw a Hyena across the other side of the pond.
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    The camoflage of the predators really is impressive. They only really gave themselves away to us through movement.
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    Serengeti at dusk
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    Early morning light over the Serengeti
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    Classic African scene, plains, Acacia tree & prey animals
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    Zebra Crossing! In stiches when we saw this. Our driver was similarly amused - once we'd expliained what a Zebra crossing was!
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    The Grumeti River, Western Serengeti, Tanzania.
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    Our Guide/Driver, Billy. He made a great trip absolutely unforgetable. His patience & knowledge of the animals was off the scale - the latter probably as he'd originally trained as a vet but working for the state, couldn't make it pay.
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    Another day, another lodge! This one the tented encampment at Kirawira, styled in the form of Edwardian explorers. The only en-suite tent I've ever stayed in!
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    Morning view, Kirawira Camp
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    Storm building! Western Serengeti, Tanzania.
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    Air Traffic Control! Grumeti airstrip, Western Serengeti
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    Our return journey. The end of the safari was around 600 km from our starting point & would take Billy 2 days to drive.
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    Up close & personal with the pilot. The seat to his right is the 14th passenger!
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    Serengeti plains, from the air. Blue cast is caused by the windows of the plane
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    Depature lounge, Arusha!
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    Duty Free - Arusha.