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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 125 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

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Showing posts with label TANZANIA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TANZANIA. Show all posts

TANZANIA, Going Home

March 21, 2006
12 hr. flight from Kilimanjaro airport to Amsterdam and then a 3 hr. layover there. 10 more hours to Houston and all that was left was the 6 hr. drive back to Jonesville, Louisiana.
Climbing Kilimanjaro gave me a confidence to try things that I never considered trying. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater showed me the beauty of Africa that I had only seen on television. The 2 things together gave me a burning desire to see the rest of the world that I will always have.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."
Mark Twain

TANZANIA, Ngorongoro Crater (Safari)

The Ngorongoro Crater is the 10th most visited natural wonder in the world. It is the largest natural crater in the world with over 25,000 large animals living there year round. It is 15 kilometers in diameter with a 2000 foot crater rim all the way around. The lodges are perched on the crater rim and the Land Rovers drive down into the crater to view the wildlife.

TANZANIA, Serengeti (Lodge and Leopard)

We finally found the elusive leopard. When we arrived at the site, 3 other vehicles were also there. The leopard was lying on a branch in the tree and we found out that the other vehicles had been waiting for 2 hrs for him to move. As soon as we parked, the leopard started to come down the tree and posed for us for about 20 minutes. The lodge was built up on high rocks and had a beautiful view  of the Serengeti,  especially at sunset.                                                               

TANZANIA, Serengeti National Park

Saturday March 18, 2006

Today we drove 3 hrs to the Serengeti National Park. On the way we saw 2 lions with a zebra kill. Today we saw 4 of the Big 5 {lion, water buffalo, elephant and the elusive leopard}. Only the rhino was missing. I also witnessed the wildebeest migration which is beyond belief. Over one million wildebeest travel year round in a large circle from the Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater and then back to Kenya.

TANZANIA, Serengeti {Lions with their kill}

TANZANIA, Serengeti

The Serengeti in Tanzania is one of those places that you see on tv and dream of seeing one day. The wildlife is unbelievable with its great diversity. I really did not expect to see camels there. I only thought they were in the desert.

TANZANIA, Lake Manyara National Park and Lodge

Lake Manyara was not my favorite National Park but was my favorite lodge. The baboon seen was actually outside of my 2nd floor balcony. Which leads to my story. On checking in we were told to keep our balcony doors locked. The morning after check in I went out on my balcony to see the sights, closed my balcony door and went to breakfast. Someone in the hotel starting screaming and asking who was in room 223 because a baboon was in the room. My room of course. He was removed by hotel personnel. They come into the rooms looking for food I was told.