Category Archives: Tanzania

An Unexpected Invitation

We walked for several hours, transitioning from the hard mud-caked flats to grassy plains. A Barbaig tribesman appeared out of nowhere and approached Melly, our Maasai guide. Would our group like to visit his home inside the boma? (Note: A … Continue reading

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Barren landscape encounter

We walked through grassy plains.  Wildebeest ignored us, but two warthogs approached and stared as we strolled by them.  (Which was the stranger animal worth watching?) In a short time the landscape turned from grassy to hard-caked barren mud as … Continue reading

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An athletic contest in Maasai country

How did the contest begin?  We walked through the Maasai Steppe with our guides in the late afternoon.  Chagamba walked in front with a rifle and our Maasai guides walked in the rear with their spears.  Did someone ask just … Continue reading

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We’re in your hands, Chagamba and Mika

We were totally unprepared for Africa. What are the “Big Five” African game animals?  When we planned the safari two years ago with our friends – Jo, Ellen and Craig – we couldn’t name them.   (The answer we learned was … Continue reading

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A casa by the ocean

We stayed at the lovely Casa Del Mar on the east coast of Zanzibar.  What was the best feature of the hotel?  You might guess the lovely Indian Ocean, new pool or 2-storey guest rooms – but you’d be wrong.  … Continue reading

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Breakdowns in Stone Town

It was inevitable.  We had not one – but two breakdowns – in a single day. Breakdown #1 came at the worst possible place in the oldest part of Zanzibar’s Stone Town.  As our van maneuvered into a narrow tunnel, … Continue reading

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A charming butterfly guide

Zanzibar should enlist Neema to be the face of tourism for Tanzania.  She eagerly welcomed visitors and showed us some natural wonders of her country. We met Neema at the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, Where she produced occasional warm smiles for … Continue reading

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Into the forest and what did we see?

Our group of seven placed a high priority on relaxation while in Zanzibar, but we’re flexible, and we made an exception. How about a trip to the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park to see the Kirk’s Red Colobus monkeys? The Kirk’s Red … Continue reading

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Sail away

We’d read that the best snorkeling in Zanzibar was NOT where we would be.  Too bad, we thought, and dismissed the idea of snorkeling while on the trip.  However, sometimes what is not supposed to be the best turns out … Continue reading

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This is what relaxing looks like

We all needed time to rest after our long flights. Our 5 friends had flown in from the US, and we flown from Australia. Everyone agreed 5 days in Zanzibar would be the perfect place to unwind before we headed … Continue reading

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