ABC's of Africa

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S: AFRICA 2012: KENYA & TANZANIA

FC: AFRICA 2012 KENYA & TANZANIA

1: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain

3: A is for Africa. A trip 15 years in the making. An experience of a lifetime. An adventure a thousand photos can only begin to capture.

4: B is for Big 5. The five most dangerous and difficult animals in Africa for big game hunters to hunt.

6: C is for Camping, under the stars. You haven't really experienced Africa until you've slept out under canvas, alert to every unfamiliar noise and movement.

7: D is for Dancing. We were welcomed into each village with dancing and singing. Traditionally, the tribes dance and sing for rain and healthy animals.

8: E is for Elephants. So close, we could touch them. Our safari started with a morning drive where we were surrounded by elephants at all angles. Think gorillas in the midst but with elephants.

11: F is for Food. Always made over charcoal. Always indescribably good. Always made with a smile, by the unforgettable Issac. A chef with the kindest, warmest heart.

12: G is for Great Rift Valley. The 9.600 KM stretch from Israel to Mozambique. Phil worked his hustling game. I bought every artifact in sight.

15: H is for Hippo Pool. Hundreds of hippos stacked on top of each other. An amazing sight. A not so amazing smell.

16: I is for Indescribable Moments. In Tanzania, we visited an orphanage where we delivered school supplies and colored with the children. A beyond emotionally touching moment.

19: J is for Jambo. Swahili for 'Hello.' Never have we seen bigger smiles. Never have we smiled and waved so much.

20: K is for Kenya. Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara.

22: L is for Lion Kill. It takes 7 lions to take down 1 buffalo. And seeing a kill is said to happen once a year. We saw two.

24: Masai Mara. Named after the Masai. Famous for the Great Migration. Known for it's vast planes and sunsets.

27: N is for Nakuru Lake. Shadow soda lake renowned for its use concentration of flamingos. In absence of any real birds, we created our own.

29: ...and Ngorongoro Crater. The world's largest intact volcanic caldera and arguably its most spectacular natural arena.

31: O is for One Million Thirty Tribes. Making Tanzania the most diverse African Country. A country where cultural diversity is embraced as a cause for national unity. Here, we visited two Masai tribes where we jumped, danced and even helped them build a dung hut.

32: P is for Prehistoric Sites. On our last day, we visited Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. Instrumental in furthering the understanding of early human evolution.

33: Q is for Quietly Approaching. We quietly stumbled across 8 male lions napping under a tree. It's rare that male lions travel together, but these were very young males.

34: R is for Rare Sites. A mother lion with her cub. We watched as she sheltered her cub from the crowd and other lions.

36: S is for Serengeti. Nowhere else in Africa is more synonymous with big horizons, big skies and big game.

38: T is for Tanzania. Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro. Home of the Masai and Tingatinga art.

40: U is for Uncovering Cheetahs. These cheetahs were so hidden, we almost drove over them.

41: V is for Vast Plains. Where we reenacted a lion chase.

43: W is for White Men Can't Jump. The Masai Jumping dance is performed by the men of the village, who leap into the air to show their strength and stamina as tribal warriors. Phil has some work to do. X is for eXtraordinary eXperiences. Our first experience was dancing with the Samburu tribe. 15 yrs imagining this moment, made it indescribably memorable and emotional.

44: Y is for You Only Live Once. Embrace adventure, prioritize it. Travel to discover, to learn, to overcome fears and uncover new ways of life, to grow, to experience, to LIVE.

45: Z is for Zebra. One of the most classic symbols of African Safari. While camping in the Serengeti, we woke up to zebras surrounding us.

46: “I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown. Eat interesting food. Dig some interesting people. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about; I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people—Americans and Europeans—come back and go, ohhhhh. And the light bulb goes on.” - Henry Rollins

47: Thank you, Africa. Thank you Daniel, tour guide extraordinaire. Thank you Ethiopian Air, for not killing us. Thank you Philip, for an unforgettable experience.

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  • Title: ABC's of Africa
  • A photo-based journal of my and my brother's two week trip through Kenya and Tanzania. All photos are shot by me and available for reprint and sale if interested. (contact: becca.valle@gmail.com)
  • Tags: africa, travel, kenya, tanzania, safari, tribes, Masai, portfolio, photography
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