Tanzania

A hot, dry and dusty Serengeti

on Tuesday, 15 March 2011. Posted in 2011, Serengeti, Tanzania

Serengeti, Tanzania

A hot, dry and dusty Serengeti

With a final glance across the verdant Ngorongoro Crater we jumped into the truck and headed west towards the Serengeti. It didn’t take long for the landscape and the weather to change. As we descended from the highlands the heat rose and the dust gathered creating a shimmering haze over the endless plains. With quick stops at Olduvai Archaeological Museum and the incredible Shifting Sands we continued through herds of wildebeest, Thomson gazelle and zebra all in single file lines headed for well known waterholes.

The pachyderms and porcupines of the Ngorongoro Crater

on Friday, 04 March 2011. Posted in Ngorongoro Crater, 2011, Tanzania

Ngorongoro, Tanzania

The pachyderms and porcupines of the Ngorongoro Crater

So we bid farewell to the wilds of the Selous and flew from south to north across Tanzania towards the famous Ngorongoro Crater. It is a beautiful flight as you look down and see the turquoise blue ocean with palm fringed beaches and the sudden change to dry open bushland speckled with huge granite outcrops. As we neared Arusha, we also got our first view of Mount Kilimanjaro looming up over the clouds with its white capped summit. It was then across the Great Rift Valley before we landed at the Lake Manyara airstrip cantilevered over the edge of the escarpment. We met up with Ali, our driver, and slowly made our way up the windy track to the Crater rim.

Exploring the history, geography, flora and fauna of the Selous

on Tuesday, 01 March 2011. Posted in Selous, 2011, Tanzania

Selous, Tanzania

Exploring the history, geography, flora and fauna of the Selous

Flying into the Selous is incredible. From palm filled forests to baobab strewn open plains and crusty soda lakes to the mighty Rufiji River, a myriad of landscapes cover what has been described as the last true wilderness of Africa. We were right into the action immediately as from the airstrip to the lodge we bumped into zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala and warthog. My good friends, Mike and Carol, gave us a fabulous welcoming before we settled into our rooms overlooking the River.

Cyclones on a Spice Island

on Saturday, 19 February 2011. Posted in 2011, Tanzania, Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Indian Ocean

Cyclones on a Spice Island

Deb and Chris, my trusty friends from Texas, are back again for their 5th safari with me. It is always great to see old safari goers anticipating their next African experience with such gusto. Deb’s first question was ‘So what is the first animal we are going to see?’ ‘Well’ my response started ‘not a lot to start with as Stone Town on Zanzibar does not have many wild animals!’ ‘Come on Andy, I know you will find us something’. With the luck we have had on previous safaris, we have seen so much so quickly that it was a fair question.

On Safari in the Serengeti

on Saturday, 06 February 2010. Posted in Serengeti, 2010, Tanzania

Great wildlife, endless plains, huge skies and a big goodbye to Jackie and Mica

On Safari in the Serengeti

So it was to our final stop, the Serengeti, a word that conjures up what safari is all about – wide open spaces teeming with wildlife. The fresh grassland is the feeding ground for over 1 million wildebeest and 500,000 zebra, gazelle, eland and topi all of which are followed by their associated predators. It was going to be a veritable festival of animals. We had timed it just right as while we were there the migration was passing through the Ndutu area, a beautifully forested area bordering the open plains and home to our camp. The Serengeti is too vast to cover to the full in a few days but we we made the most of our days so as to explore the Park’s varied zones and appreciate its beauty.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

on Wednesday, 03 February 2010. Posted in Ngorongoro Crater, 2010, Tanzania

Awe inspiring landscape and wildlife

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

We wanted to be down into the Crater before anyone else to really appreciate its uniqueness, so an early morning call and some freshly brewed coffee set us on our way. The caldera spans a mere 150 square miles but shelters an amazing array of creatures and we saw most of them. From black maned lions resting in the morning light to cheetah stalking the grasslands. From thousands of zebra wandering the savannah to the irredescent pink flamingoes that crowd the soda lakes. The wildebeest give birth at this time of the year as the rich grass of the short plains support them and we were lucky enough to witness one from start to finish. The wildebeest are not blessed with looks and have a tough life constantly dodging lions and crocodiles so as the poor little guy scrambled to his feet, looked around and saw his mum you could see him say to to himself ‘Damn I was born a wildebeest!’.

Tropical Paradise

on Tuesday, 05 January 2010. Posted in Photography, 2010, Tanzania, Zanzibar

Tropical Paradise

Archetypal palm fringed beaches, spectacular coral reefs and the crystal clear turquoise Indian Ocean create a tropical paradise for post safari bliss.