JWG (jwg) wrote,

Tanzania reprise

It's now three months since we returned from Tanzania. It was a most wonderful trip - even better than I'd expected. There were 22 of us on this trip; it was a very nice set of people to travel with - almost all were regular contra or vintage dancers + musicians. We started and ended up in Nairobi in Kenya , with one night (for us) at a game lodge in Kenya but the rest of time was in Tanzania. The trip was originally supposed to be all in Kenya where among other places we would stay at Treetops, the lodge where Princess Elizabeth discovered she was Queen because of the death of her father.

For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience she climbed down from the tree next day a Queen — God bless her.
Treetops visitors logbook

The political mess resulting from the disputed election in Kenya caused the trip to be changed to Tanzania. Southern Kenya and northern Tanzania are somewhat similar geographically with the same animals so overall the relocated trip was about the same. Had we gone to Kenya we would have some Contra Dancing every night but the Tanzanian lodges didn't have the same kind of spaces; as a result we danced one afternoon and one evening only (the musicians originally planned for the trip were there although the guitar that had been lost by the airline took quite a few days to show up).

The rainy season had ended about a month earlier (slightly earlier than usual) but it wasn't yet arid. I'd expected hot and humid weather but we instead it was very pleasant. Being at 3500-7000 feet most of the time helped and also kept away the mosquitoes although we were well prepared for that.

We drove around in four Toyota Land Cruisers with very fine driver / guides (ours was especially knowledgeable and affable). We saw lions, cheetahs, elephants, monkeys, baboons, gazelles, zebras, wildebeests, rhinos, a leopard in the distance in a tree, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, jackals, more kinds of birds that I can name, and lots of kinds if vegetation and terrain. The food in the lodges was quite excellent as were the accomodations

I was going to post a few more pictures but there are enough there already. You can see the whole set of postings here.
Tags: africa2008

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