South Africa Journals

African Safari Getaway

A July 2005 trip to South Africa by jacob_s

Quote: 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.

African Safari Getaway

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Overview

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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 2 weeks, but I could have gone on for longer. Quick Tips: It was an arranged tour, so all transportation and accommodations had been taken care of once I l...Read More

Treetops Hotel

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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 two 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 w...Read More

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Treetops Hotel
Aberdares National Park
Kenya

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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. Flamingos (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 flamingos. As far as the eye can see, the water looks pink because of all the flamingos. The shallow lake water has dense plant growth on its bottom, which is the food source for these birds. The lake itself covers about a third of the park area. The rest of the park is also a source for animal watchi...Read More

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Lake Nakuru National Park

Nakuru, Kenya
+254 (51) 44069

Amazing African Safari

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Story/Tip

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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 tops of the t...Read More
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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 from most of the other trees in Africa, seeming 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 had never seen before—very, very wide (gross understatement in some cases). We were told that it does not have tree rings, so it is very difficult to judge the age of it, but it has been estimated that the longevity ...Read More