A Week in the Serengeti

At the end of June, my niece Barb, and her husband Chris, came all the way from Zuni, NM to Addis to spend a couple of weeks with me and have a break from their busy lives as family practice physicians caring for Zuni native Americans. For the first week, we made home visits in the slums of Addis and they helped me provide care for our beneficiaries. The second week we went to Arusha, Tanzania, where we started our safari.

We had an easy 2 hour flight from Addis to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where we were picked up and went to Arusha to begin our safari. We spent 6 nights out, stayed in a small lodge the first and last nights and camped the middle 4 nights. We spent 3 days in the Serengeti, one at the Ngorongoro Crater and one each at Lake Manyara and Tangire parks. The Tanzanian national park system is really wonderful. The fees for non-Tanzanians to get into the parks are quite steep and they use that money to great advantage to maintain the parks.

We saw an amazing number of animals, including lions, cheetah, leopard, wart hogs, baboons, monkeys, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, elephants, rhino, hippos, crocodile, ostrich, many birds, buffalo, gazelles, hyenas, antelope and lots of baby animals. We were there at the right time to see the beginning of the annual wildebeest and zebra northern migration to Kenya. Enjoy a few pictures of our trip.


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