S: Kenya and Tanzania July 2011
1: Our vacation to Africa started on July 9, 2011 with a flight out of Los Angeles through Amsterdam to Nairobi, Kenya. We arrived early Monday morning at the Giraffe Manor.
3: Built in the 1930's, the GIRAFFE MANOR sits on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of national forest outside of downtown Nairobi and home to the Rothschild Giraffe.
4: With the temperature in the low 70's, dinning outside was a treat as we watched the giraffes and warthogs play nearby. | Our room was upstairs overlooking the grounds. The native brick buildings had ivy covered walls with divided light windows which were open for the giraffes to greet the guests.
8: Lucy at the front door looking for her treats after dinner.
10: Life along the road as we headed west to TARANGIRE and a visit to a market where Elias presented Debby with a banana.
14: Inside our luxury "mobile tent" after arriving at TARANGIRE National Park just west of Arusha, Tanzania.
15: What could be better than a hot shower and a cold TUSKER beer? True camp cooking with wood.
16: TARANGIRE National Park is said to be home to almost 500 different species of birds. The colors were nothing like our birds in the US. It was always difficult to decide on watching for animals or birds.
28: It was wonderful observing the Family life of the elephant. The babies were always watched over very closely by the parents and older siblings.
42: No two Zebras have the same striping. Just like a "finger print". Here we see one that had a close encounter with a cat.
44: A visit to a Maasai village near the top of the Ngorongoro Crater where we got to see inside a hut and watch traditional dancing and "jumping". The Maasai live much like they have for over 500 years. Diet consists of milk for breakfast, blood for lunch, and meat for dinner.
45: Jumping is a very important contest for the Maasai man.
46: Here we have a Maasai medicine man speaking with Elias Ole Kapolondo who was our head guide. Elias grew up in a village and was chosen to go to school at a young age. He went on to become the Game Warden for the Serengeti National Park. He was a wonderful guide.
49: Nothing like lunch outdoors. Nothing like lunch in Africa. Nothing like lunch with friends.
52: Elias explaining the growing and processing of coffee at the Gibbs Farm near Lake Manyara.
54: The BLACK Rhinoceros, one of Africa's most endangered species, resides in the Ngorongoro Crater. Also home to lion, elephant, hyena, wildebeest and gazelle.
55: View from the crater's rim.
56: Elephants do climb trees! This BULL was in an aroused state and we needed to stay out of his way.
58: Acacia trees are the most common trees in the grasslands.
60: A little flat tire was not about to stop Elias, Zuberi, and Clement. Zuberi on the jack.
61: The Baobab tree along with the Acacia dot the plains and are the backdrop for the herds of eland, oryx, wildebeest, kudu, and zebras.
62: Our hotel in the Serengeti was at the Bilila Lodge Kempinski. It was a 5-Star hideaway with infinity pool where you could watch the animals from your balcony.
64: Evening around the campfire was to relive the days experiences and talk about the next day.
67: Camp crew along with members of our tour. | Jim giving the traditional "thank you" speech as we break camp for our next location.
68: Our journey home consisted of five small airplane flights from the airport in the Serengeti and took 41 hours to LA.