Saturday, July 03, 2010

Blogging from the bush

We just returned from a 12-day trip to Tanzania that included a 6-day safari. What a trip! This was our first visit to Africa and we were eagerly awaiting it for many months. We knew it was going to be an amazing vacation and it was.

Our African safari was an experience like none other. While all of us are urban folks, we love nature and wildlife. We spent almost a week traveling through the major national parks in Tanzania including Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Serengeti and visited the Ngorongoro crater, which is a conservation area. It is impossible to capture the safari experience in words and photos.

We spent days in the midst of thousands of migrating wildebeest, racing mindlessly across the plains. We encountered families of elephants within twenty feet of our jeeps. We came across several muddy lakes filled with hippos and occasionally sighted crocodiles at the banks. Thousands of zebras and different types of antelopes dotted the horizon wherever you look. Majestic giraffes were always an exciting sight. We managed to spot a pride of well-fed lions sunbathing on the plains and a leopard relaxing on the branch of a tree. A couple of cheetahs crossed our path (literally!) in the Ngorongoro crater. And there is an incredible number of species of birds and we had a lot of fun bird watching.

Spending a week on expansive savannahs and grassy plains and encountering magnificent animals in their natural habitat is quite a thrill. You experience a range of emotions together - awe, fascination, curiosity, humility, anxiety and wonder! You are reminded of that you have been given an incredible gift of this unique planet full of life!

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