Africa Journals

African Safari

A July 1985 trip to Africa by EPearl

Quote: This trip started because of a suggestion by a friend of mine, while we were sitting around talking about our dream vacations. The photographic safari was mentioned, and I was hooked. We started planning for the trip, but unfortunately my co-worker decided it was far too adventuresome for her, so it was up to me to go it alone. I have always been an avid animal lover. This was too good to pass up!

African Safari

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Jambo! (In Swahili, that means "Welcome.") There were so many memorable moments of this trip that it hard to know where to begin. I guess the best place is at the beginning. I was scheduled to visit South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Rhodesia, and Uganda. Uganda was cancelled out because of travel restrictions, so we spent more time in Kenya and Tanzania. The sky in Africa was just a brilliant blue, with very large, white, puffy clouds. Seemed artificial. Guess that comes from the lack of pollution. Seeing the animals in the natural habitat is a thrill beyond belief. My vacation lasted two weeks, but I could have gone on for longer. I was just getting my second wind.Quick Tips: What to...Read More

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort

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Hotel | "Treetops Hotel"

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The original Treetops Hotel was first opened in 1932. Presently, there are 50 twin bedrooms. Bathroom facilities are shared. Considering we were actually in the middle of nowhere, the accommodations were luxurious. There was a cozy bar and restaurant. Seating was informal with tables and bench seats. The rooms were small, with single beds, but they all had a window. My room overlooked the watering hole. I think they all do, since there are actually 2 watering hotels. The hotel would "buzz" each room when there was some interesting happening at the watering hole. The night I stayed there, I got to see a rhino and her baby. Even without being buzzed, I was waking up often and looking out the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2002

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort
8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
(407) 239-0000

Fox Hills Resort

Hotel | "Mt. Kenya Safari Club"

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This was by far one of the most luxurious hotels I have had the pleasure to stay in. It was unfortunate that we only had part of one afternoon, and one night's stay at this lovely resort. It was originally owned by the actor, William Holden. In addition to its wonderful location, at the base of Mt. Kenya, there are many activities to enjoy, if you are not too tired from the sightseeing on the local game preserves. These include a good sized swimming pool, tennis, horse-back riding, golf course, fishing, health centre, as well as various trips available to nearby areas. The golf course had its own natural hazards. They were full of birds of all sorts: storks, peacocks, and others I was not able ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2002

Fox Hills Resort
250 W. Church Street
Mishicot, Wisconsin 54228
(920) 755-2376

Victoria Falls

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The African name for this natural wonder is Mosi-oa-tunya, which means "smoke that thunders." The reason for this is just what you would expect - thunderous spray clouds are made when the water goes down over the falls. When I visited this glorious spot, it was still considered Rhodesia. And Africa was still in the midst of drought conditions, so the Falls itself was not as full as it normally would be, but you could see the immense size of it. It was first discovered by David Livingstone in 1855. We took a plane ride over the Falls. It gives you a whole new perspective. It was also the smallest plane that I ever hope to fly on. The area around the Falls has its own rainforest. I took a wonde...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2002

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For those among you who are bird watchers, or those who just want to see another fascinating sight, Lake Nakuru should be a stop along the way for you. It is probably the largest gathering of birds anywhere in the world. Flamingoes (greater and lesser) make up a large portion of the birds, but it has been said that there are over 400 species of birds in this area, with a collection of 100,000 to 2 million flamingoes. As far as the eye can see, the water looks pink because of all the flamingoes. The shallow lake water has a dense plant growth on its bottom, which is the food source for these birds. The lake itself covers about 1/3 of the park area. The rest of the park is also a source for animal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2002

Ngorongoro Crater

Attraction | "The Ngorongoro Crater"

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I am not sure whether this would be actually considered a natural wonder, but I would rank it high on the list. It is actually a volcano that had collapsed some 2.5 million years ago. It is the largest unflooded collapsed volcano in the world. In this area, wildlife and Masai live in harmony. The Masai people are herders: cattle, sheep, and goats. This is their livelihood. They are a proud and peaceful group, even though their reputation is that of a warrior. The average wall height of the crater is over 600 feet, measuring about 20 miles across. It was a real trip getting to the bottom. We followed old animal migration tracks down the steep sides of the crater. It is said that this volcano...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 2, 2002

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Tanzania

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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This was the first stop in our tour of Africa. It is the largest game reserve in the Republic of South Africa and covers roughly 20,000 square kilometers. It is named after President Paul Kruger, who was President in 1884, and first proposed this region as a game reserve. According to park officials, this park holds the world's greatest concentration of species. I made the trip by myself, but I was only alone until I met the rest of the group in Rome, and then flew to South Africa. After such short acquaintance, we split up - some of the group going to Capetown, South Africa, and the rest of us going off to be with the (real) animals at Kruger Park. It was a no-brainer for me, since that was why...Read More

Serengeti Plains

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This was another unique area of the world. It encompasses a large area in Tanzania. You can see to the horizon -- interspersed here and there are the lonely Acacia trees. You might find a water buffalo, or even a pride of lions sleeping off the heat of the day. This is the time of day to stay out of the sun. The hunting usually comes very early in the morning, or later in the day. This area had been under a drought for some time during the period we were there. It was almost like a desert. The only time the dust was stirred was when a herd of wildebeest and zebras thundered by, on their way to look for new water holes. Giraffes were easily spotted. They had the choice meals, nibbling on the...Read More

The Tree of Life

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I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try to describe one of the more unusual sights in our journey -- the Baobab tree, or in my mind, the "tree of life". In addition to all the wonderful animals and people we saw along the way, this particular tree struck my fancy. It is very different looking from most of the other trees in Africa, looking as if it had been planted in the earth upside down, with the roots stretching out in all directions to touch the sky. The girth of the tree was like something I have never seen before. Very, very wide (gross under-statement in some cases). We were told that it does not have tree rings, so it is very difficult to judge the age of these trees, but it has been e...Read More