On Safari

Molly, Laura, and I went on a three-day Safari to the Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks with "Alfred Safaris." We had researched online two other safari companies, "Tomson Safaris" and "And beyond Safaris." We chose "Alfred Safaris" partly because Molly's friends had recommended them, and also because Alfred was less than half the price of the others.

The luxury safaris go to the same National Parks, and we all see the same animals. The difference is in the siesta and camping accomodations. A friend who had used "and beyond" said her tent had a chandelier and a private bathroom with a tub and shower and hot water. Our tents were the girl-scout type. We shared a bathroom with campers from other safaris, our toilet was a hole in the floor, and a tiny sink outside had one cold water faucet. The luxury safaris go out early in the morning, rest during the middle of the day in their luxurious camps, then go out again in the late afternoon. We had box lunches for lunch, and only went to our campsites in the evening.

However, we enjoyed other advantages. Our guide Felix was wonderful. His English was excellent, he knew the Parks, and spotted the hard-to-find animals, like the leopard, cheetar, and crocodile. And our cook Gasper made delicious breakfasts and dinners for us, and we made him laugh. The campers we met at our camps tended to be young, adventurous, avid travellers, and we had interesting conversations with them. The luxury wagons had mostly older travellers or families with children.

However, one unexpected advantage of our simple accomodations was that we didn't bathe at all or comb our wild tangled hair or look in a mirror. We barely got our teeth brushed. And all that seemed just right for life in the world of the most beautiful animals I could ever have imagined.
 

Sunrise on the Serengeti
 

Habari za asubuhi!

Breakfast with our Guide Felix
 

Safari

 
On the Road!
 
 
Mothers and Babies
 
 

Mom, Dad, and Baby Monkey
 
Hippo Stop
Resting
 
Eating
 
Female impalas. The males have large, curled horns. Impalas gather in large segregated groups, females and babies in one, males in another. Then a male breaks away from the pack and stands apart until he has collected a bevy of females. Suddenly he makes a loud snorting noise, and chases one of the females. They are so fast and light, they seem to fly, just beautiful to watch. Then she pauses and he catches up, but nothing happens. All of a sudden, he snorts again, she leaps, and he chases. We didn't wait long enought to see if they got together.
 

Sleeping!

Climbing!
 
Laura, Safari Girl
 
 
A Perfect Day!
 

Dinner prepared by our cook Gasper!

Camp Toilet
 

Lala salama!
 
Family Home