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Old Apr 20, 2012, 8:08 PM   #1
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Some have asked for a map of our travel. I have scanned a map and it shows where we went but it is hard to read the print. Not much I can do beyond this.


The solid red line indicates travel by Safari vehicle and bus. The dotted pink lines are flights.

Our journey began in Arusha Tanzania. We traveled by safari vehicle to Lake Manyara NP, Norongoro NP, Olduvai Gorge, Seringeti NP. We flew from Seringeti NP back to Arusha and then traveled by bus to the Kenya border. After passing into Kenya we were again in safari vehicles for the ride to Amboseli NP (the green patch above Mt Kilamanjaro). We then Flew from Amboseli NP to Nanyaki, Kenya and by safari vehicle to the Mt Kenya Safari Club. Next we flew to Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya and after flew to Nirobi, Kenya for our flight back to Amsterdam, Holland and then on to Boston, MA.

Today we visited a Maasai village. We were allowed to photograph at will and were given a warm welcome and invited to dance with the Massai people at the greeting ceremony. We were allowed to ask any questions that popped into our heads and they were answered immediately.

We went into a Maasai house (built by the woman) but it was too dark inside for the DSLR‘s focus assist to pick up a focus point. People with small point and shoots were able to get great pictures inside. I have to get a point and shoot one of these days to supplement the DSLR.

For me one of the more interesting things about the visit was the talk put on by the medicine man. He explained the herbal remedies that are employed to fight malaria, increase libido (this is important as they have multiple wives), help with stomach ailments, improve energy and care for their teeth.

The Maasai diet consists of drinking milk and Cow blood, eating some meat and a small amount of grains. Water is pumped from what looked like artesian wells. It was transported from the wells to the village on the heads of the woman in what looked like 10 gallon drums. I also saw preschool girls going to fetch water and kicking the barrels home as a chore.

Children were required to attend school up to the 8th grade. Long walks to and from school were not uncommon. When animals were approaching the children would have to wait for the animals to pass before proceeding. After school the boys had duties with the small animals and they could be seen walking large herds of goats or sheep with only a stick in their hand for protection and to prod stubborn livestock.



An early morning drive to the Maasai village. Mt.Kilimanjaro At Sunrise.

We were greeted by a tribal elder and two warriors.




We were greeted with dancing men and woman.







Medicine man with a gourd full of herbal remedies.


A warrior in front of his home.



The Cheetah below was quite a distance away and I was surprised that I got any picture of him at all. He was walking toward (stalking) a herd of Thompson Gazelles.



The Cheetah was about 1/4 mile away from the Tommy's but they were aware of his presence and had a sentinel on high ground watching his approach.

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Tommy's fleeing from the Cheetah.



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Mt. Kilamanjaro late afternoon.


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Well Lou another great series, I like the 2 Kilamanjaro shots best and the first of the sleeping lions. That reminds me of my teen years and a "Tokens" song, The Lion Sleeps tonight, Opps wrong thread

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Thanks, Lou, for the map and for another installment of spectacular photos. My fifteen year old's response: "Let's go!"
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Lou, another spectacular series! Love the lions, especially that first sleeping shot, and both Mt Kilamanjaro pictures.

Looks like a trip that you'll never forget.
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Yes, thanks. Great trip. Fun to see it unfold.
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Some more wonderful wildlife and scenic photos, and fascinating glimpse of the Maasai peoples' lives...
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Another outstanding series! The mountain photos are awesome but then they all are special. Your trip is absolutely wonderful.
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I love the photos of Kilimanjaro and of the wildlife, but my favorites in this series -- by far -- are your photos of the Maasai people. What an interesting culture.
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Thanks everyone for the nice comments and glad you are enjoying the safari.

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