5am in Moshi, Tanzania, and Will wakes up.  Somewhere around January 11th.  I suppose I’ll just say a few things about the safari, and then keep this thing mostly to pictures.

The safari lasted for 4 days and 3 nights.  It’s predominantly a middle-aged activity, I believe, as it is admittedly expensive; my car included a couple from Australia, aged 26 and 31, a man from South Korea, aged 41 (though he truly looked no older than 18), and a woman from London, aged 65+.  Our car was a green Land Cruiser—a true beast.  The green Land Cruiser took a serious beating throughout.  Our driver was named Robert, and our cook was named Phillip.

Every morning we woke up around 5:30am to watch the sun rise.  We slept in tents.  On the first day, we spent time in Lake Manyara National Park; on the second day, we went to Serengeti National Park; on the third day, we also drove Serengeti National Park; on the last day, we were in the Ngorongoro Crater National Park.  We saw many animals, including the famed Big Five: a lion, an elephant, a leopard, a black rhino, and a buffalo.  In addition, we saw gazelles, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, wildabeasts, ostriches, and flamingos.  I’ve never thought of myself as an “animal person,” but seeing these creatures in their natural habitat—instead of behind a railing in a zoo—is truly, truly spectacular.  Elephants are SO big.

A safari is something I would highly recommend to all.  I am very glad I did it, and it is not something I will soon forget.  Leaning out of the roof of a car, with a camera to my face and a Nigel Thornberry hat on my head is something I quite enjoy, as you might imagine.  I think the pictures came out nicely.

Lake Manyara National Park:

Serengeti National Park:

Ngorongoro Crater National Park:

This was brief, as I’m rather exhausted, but please let me know if you have any more questions—I’ll be happy to answer them.

Cheers to all,