Africa

White-water rafting on the Nile River in Uganda

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Rafting down the Nile River in Uganda

“Forward, Forward, Hold… GET DOWN” our guide Tutu yells as the water beneath us begins to disappear. We tuck our paddles in and hold on tight as we tip forward and plunge down into the rough water below. No matter how tight I think I’ve closed my mouth, the water finds a way in and as we surface a collective sputtering can be heard. Miraculously, we managed to stay inside the raft- quite the feat considering those aboard the other 9 rafts found themselves thrown out into the crushing waves.
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The Backpacker’s Hostel in Kampala, Uganda

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The African Bus Ride- Always an Adventure!

In the crisp early morning Nairobi air, we boarded a shuttle bus heading for Tanzania, paid our $35 and settled in for the long, bumpy ride. This journey was about 8 hours and included one bathroom break and the worst immigration experience of my life.We pulled up to the Kenya-Tanzania border and had to get off the bus to get an exit stamp in our passports on the Kenya side before walking through the wire gate into Tanzania and heading up to the the immigration office there.  Continue reading

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A warm Maasai welcome

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Taking tea in a Maasai Village

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Making fire with the Maasai

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A trip to the Maasai Village

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Wrapped in bright red, royal purple and brilliant blue, several Maasai men greet us as we wander up to their village. The chief’s son welcomes us and after receiving payment, leads us to the entrance of the village where a group of young women begin to sing traditional Maasai songs. Also brightly dressed, the women’s attire includes intricately beaded necklaces,earrings and bracelets. As the singing comes to an end, the young men take the stage. They begin performing a mash up of traditional dances including the wedding dance and the killing of the lamb dance.  The music is a haunting mixture of guttural tribal noises blended together by the young men, who were also draped in beautiful Maasai beading. Continue reading

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On Safari in the Masai Mara

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A herd of giraffes roaming across the Masai Mara’s wide open savannah.

With the top up on our white safari van and our cameras in hand we were ready to start shooting game as our guide, George, drove into Masai Mara National Park. As the largest and most famous park in Kenya, the Masai Mara’s 1510 sq km plays host to 1000s of animals. So, on our three day safari our camera’s were definitely not disappointed! Inside the gate, we were greeted by a large herd of wildebeest and zebra and almost immediately George had us right up close to a pride of lions lazing in the grass beside the road.  Continue reading

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The pink waters of Lake Nakuru

The vibrant pink dotting the dark blue water grabs my attention immediately. The pink seems to go on forever and as we drive closer, the pink line begins to take the shape of 1000s of flamingos wading through the still waters of Lake Nakuru. What an unbelievable sight!

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Thousands of flamingos wading through the still waters of Lake Nakuru, Kenya.

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