The Flamingos of Lake Manyara

Today we begin our last game drive of our trip. I wish we could do another week, but the beaches in Zanzibar are calling our name. We stayed in the Lake Manyara Hotel last night, my favorite hotel of the trip (not counting the tent camps we stayed in). There is actually wifi here as…

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Meeting the Maasai

Back when we were climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, we met a guy who had been climbing this mountain for the last 12 years. He had been diagnosed with cancer and decided he wanted to climb the 7 summits, and now climbs Kilimanjaro for his charity, CancerClimber Association yearly. Since he’s been here so many times, he gave us…

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Crocodiles and Hippos and Leopards, Oh My!

It’s our last day in the Serengeti and tonight is our last night on safari! Today we’ll drive back through the park, through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and back into civilization. We’ll stay tonight in Lake Manyara NP, do a game drive tomorrow morning, then head to the airport to fly to Zanzibar. But first,…

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All The Lions

This morning our plan is to do another game drive in the central Serengeti before heading to Lobo in the northern Serengeti. I’m sad to be leaving our lovely tent camp. It’s been such a relaxing place to stay! Right out of the gate, we see a cheetah sitting under a tree in the distance….

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On the Hunt for Big Cats

After my hot air balloon ride, I meet back up with Amy and Abdul at the visitor center and we head out for our morning game drive. Today we’re looking for cats! I was lucky enough to see a cheetah on my balloon ride, but Amy hasn’t seen one yet, and both of us want…

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Up In My Air Balloon!

Today’s post is brought to you by Lily Allen. Play this song while reading along and it will feel just like you’re there with me (cuz it was in my head the entire time)! I’ve gone on a hot air balloon ride before, but as fun as it was, it was a bit of a…

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The Pride of the Serengeti

So we’re here. In the Serengeti. No big deal. Except it is!! And I’m about to spend 3 days here! This is like, THE place to go on safari. When you think “safari” you always think “Serengeti”. Always. We drive 2 hours on a hot, dry, bumpy road (or free massage, as Abdul calls it)…

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Descending Into the Ngorongoro Crater

After leaving Tarangire NP earlier this morning, we head straight for the Ngoronogoro Conservation Area. We won’t do another game drive until early tomorrow morning, but we stop for a couple photos of the crater on the way to the hotel. I’m so excited for this part of our safari. I can’t remember what I…

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The Baobab Trees of Tarangire

Before I tell you about today’s game drive, let me show you where we stayed last night. At first glance, Maramboi Tented Camp seems like an average lodge located between Tarangire and the shores of Lake Manyara. But we were absolutely blown away by this place. I wish I could come back and stay for a week!…

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To Tarangire on Safari

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to go on an African safari. Elephants are my absolute favorite animal, and the opportunity to see them in the wild, as well as lions, zebras, giraffes and all number of African animals, is a big bucket list item for me. So when Amy and I…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Day 7 & 8: The Summit

10:30pm. It’s dark. It’s cold. Fortunately there’s little wind. Amy and I crawl out of our warm sleeping bags. We get ready in our tent by headlamp. We slept in most of our clothes so we only need to add our top layers. After a quick bite to eat and some hot coffee, we’re ready to…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Day 5 & 6: Barranco Wall and Acclimatizing

Today we tackle the Barranco Wall! This is the Barranco Wall. It’s nearly 1000 ft of almost straight up climbing. More of a scramble than hiking, requiring us to use our hands to get over several obstacles. It’s one of the most challenging parts of the climb, besides summit night, especially since I agreed to…

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