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Africa - Tanzania and Zanzibar
This section includes pictures from our latest global adventure. We spent two weeks touring Tanzania and Zanzibar, in East-Central Africa.
The first few sets of pictures are from our 8-day safari, during which we visited Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Lake Manyara National Parks. Our safari operator was Ranger Safaris, one of the biggest and best companies in Tanzania. There were 11 people in our group, in 2 large custom 4x4 vehicles. These were specially made Toyota Land Cruisers, capable of getting us through just about anything in the bush. Considering the condition of the 'roads', I was happy to be in such a rugged yet comfortable truck. Our driver during this adventure was Godwin (JB) Hudson, a very experienced driver and all-around nice guy. Gabriel (Gabi) Joseph was the guide for the group. Gabi did an exceptional job running the show, and far surpassed our expectations of the trip. The pictures will hopefully show much of what we saw, though pictures can hardly begin to describe the experience.
The last few days of our trip was spent on the island of Zanzibar, off the east coast of Tanzania. The tour included a walk through arab influenced Stone Town, the main city on the island. This unique town featured curved, narrow streets through tall stone buildings. Large, intricately carved wood doors of mainly Hindu style were representative of the wealthier homes. We also spent some time walking around Jozani Forest, home of the endemic Red Colobus Monkey (found no where else in the world). Our nights were spent at the Mapenzi Beach Resort, on the east side of the island and open to the Indian Ocean. From here we went diving near Mnemba Atoll. Although the hard corals were not in good shape here, there were a number of soft corals, nudibrancs, countless colorful fish, turtles, eels, and even dolphin.
This is most definitely one of those adventures that one must do at least once in life. We're glad we were able to do it!