Monthly Archives: Sep 2015

Africa, Part 4 of 4: Zanzibar

How do you wrap days and days of dirt life? With sand life of course. Zanzibar, the colorful cousin of mainland Tanzania, is the spot to wind down from extended, sometimes arduous, travel. Except we didn’t exactly wind down – we found a daily dose of snorkeling, diving, kite boarding, and surfing an unknown reef break to be just the medicine to ease us out. 

Karibu sana, Africa. We’ll be back.

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Africa, Part 3 of 4: Serengeti, Tanzania

Africa is a huge, complex continent that couldn’t possibly be drawn into a single conclusion. But if we were to make one recommendation for experiencing Africa’s fauna, it would undoubtedly include the Serengeti. If the wildlife density and broad vistas of savanna aren’t enough to have you booking your flights, consider this…you get to camp in the bush! Unlike other parks we visited, the Serengeti has designated campgrounds that eschew boundary fences and indemnity forms, allowing visitors the opportunity to be trampled or chewed by any number of animals. We had elephants mock charge us at a campfire, hyena calling outside the tent, and herds of zebra trimming the grass as we slept. It’s the sense of freedom and risk that makes for a real sense of safari – a harkening back to boot-strapped survival and exploration in the wilderness. 

Over the course of five dusty days driving in open-air vehicles through the Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater, and Lake Manyara, we were fortunate to have close encounters with nearly every species of animal living in these diverse environments, including lion, leopard, cheetah, and black rhino.

We also spent a morning visiting a Maasai village to learn about the Clean Cookstove initiative. Household air pollution through traditional cooking is the fourth biggest health risk in the world. Fortunately, the Planeterra Foundation is training and equipping Maasai women with a clean-burning alternative. Visit planeterra.org to learn more.

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