The Travelling Trooper Goes on a Safari

Our plans for after Kilimanjaro were entirely up in the air when we Trevor and I got back to Moshi. Our plans were entirely in the hands of our prospective host. We were basically going to look to her for suggestions for what to do with our remaining days in Tanzania. Unfortunately, I couldn’t reach her.

Without a confirmed place to stay or any plans of our own to speak of, we ended up embarking on a 4-day safari with Eugene through Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorogoro Crater.

It was costly, but after hiking Kilimanjaro, we figured we deserved to spoil ourselves; and so, we opted to go with the lodging option instead of the cheaper camping option. It was totally worth it. We slept in luxury over the next four days, and we saw the entire Lion King cast during that time as well. We saw lions, giraffes, elephants, baboons, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, monkeys, ostriches, warthogs, all sorts of birds, hippos, buffalo, gazelles, jackals, waterbucks, wildebeests, zebras, and I’m sure I’m missing a few others. The one animal that eluded us was the mighty rhino. It was pretty awesome.

We also visited a Masai village, where we were treated to a traditional dance, a tour of a typical home, as well as a Kindergarten school. It was a unique and humbling experience, to say the least. I didn’t even mind being charged an exorbitant amount of money for a few simple souvenirs; I knew the money was going to be used in a very meaningful and helpful way.

The only downside to the whole experience: After riding around in that Land Cruiser with the top up for four whole days, I’m pretty sure I have about a pound of dirt in my lungs.

Still an incredible experience, though.

I won’t bore you with more of my words; I’ll let the pictures do the talking for a change.

Also, I finally used my big boy camera and big boy lenses! It only took three and a half months…

Tarangire:

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Masai village:

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Kids’ bedroom
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Parents’ bedroom

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These houses can last up to ten years. It’s the woman’s job to construct them. It’s also the woman’s job to prepare the food. To be honest, I’m not sure what exactly the man does.
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These kids are getting ready to become men. Unfortunately, that involves a circumcision. Yikes…

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School time!
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They sang pretty songs and showed off their numeracy skills for the mzungus (white people). And yes, I am apparently a mzungu here. It was weird to visit in the middle of class. It felt like they were putting on a performance for us when they should have been learning. Stupid mzungus.

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Serengeti:

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Home sweet home
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Tent complete with shower and washroom and everything 🙂

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Ngorogoro Crater:

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Last night’s lodging!

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