on September 24, 2011
After ten nights on safari, our final night at the Voyager Ziwani was a welcomed spot for a relaxing evening, breathtaking sunset and a hippo serenade. Yet another long drive, this time returning from our four days in Tanzania, some in our group were unable to continue on for the last afternoon game drive. Two of us, however, were troopers and went out for the scheduled two hour trip while the other two stayed back and enjoyed showers and a rest in camp.This was the second of our tented camp experiences and was equally luxurious to all the other accommodations we had enjoyed throughout our entire safari. Jane being a bit of a wine connoisseur, found their selections to be outstanding, and enjoyed making a South African choice.When we arrived here, it really did feel like we were out in a remote bush location. The reception was little more than an open-air hut at the end of the driveway. We were greeted by several who assisted us in getting our bags to our tent. As we walked through the property, our attention was directed to the restaurant and bar area, as well as the small gift shop. Out in front of that area was a fire pit with chairs. It would be here that we could watch the sunset as the alpenglow accentuated Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was a spectacular view.Meals here at the Voyager were all off menu, with limited choices (two or three options) but with several courses. No way to leave a meal hungry here. Because of their descriptions, I found it a bit more difficult to make my dining selections, particularly at dinner. Everything was delicious, however, so no worries at all.After dinner, we were forewarned about the after dark experience here. As we were camped right along a river, there were hippos and crocodiles in the water. We could see and hear the hippos, and were told that as long as there was light on the camp they would stay in the water. At midnight, however, the generators and power are cut off for the night and with the camp dark, they would make their way on land to graze until daybreak. We were told that we should not under any circumstance, leave our tents after midnight.I woke up around 3:00am to go to the bathroom. As I sat on the toilet, I could hear "munching" right outside the open tent flap window. It was sorta spooky and I actually thought maybe I was imagining things. The next morning, however, Jane reported a similar experience. Also, we noted that the sign post number for one for a neighboring tent had been knocked over. Clearly, a hippo had come ashore as they said they might.I got a very good night's sleep here and woke up refreshed and ready for what would be a marathon travel day that included a four hour drive out of Tsavo West National Park, five more hours to Nairobi and an 11:45pm redeye flight home to the United States that would have me arriving home some 28 hours later! It would be farewell to a wonderful safari adventure.
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