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Tanzania, Kenya & Rwanda Trip Report: Migration, Adventure & Gorillas

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Tanzania, Kenya & Rwanda Trip Report: Migration, Adventure & Gorillas

So, I’m finally getting around to starting my trip report. We (2 couples) traveled from June 4th to the 25th. Here’s the link to the previous description of the itinerary:

June 4-6: We flew from Charlotte, NC to Detroit to Amsterdam on KLM. Flights were fine and we took the train into Amsterdam Central Station, then the tram to our hotel and spent 2 days in and around town. We’ve been to Amsterdam before only 2 years ago, but the other couple had never been there. We took in the Van Gogh Museum, took a canal boat tour, walked through the red light district etc. on the first day. On the second day we rode buses all over Waterland. Had a nice visit to the picturesque town of Markam. Then on the 7th we flew from AMS to JRO on KLM. Flight was fine and there were lots of empty seats. We had selected aisle/window hoping that the middle seat would be unoccupied and we lucked out! We were met by a nice guy who drove us to the Dik Dik hotel. We were informed that we’d be flying to the Serengeti the next morning on a flight from Arusha. The Dik Dik is an attractive property just outside Arusha, about 30 minutes from the airport. We had a late dinner and our first night in Africa. After breakfast, it was off to the airport where we checked in for our flight.

A few notes about travel. We had not previously bought visas for Tanzania, but we had the downloadable form already filled out in advance and had trusty new $50 bills in hand. It turned out that folks were given out a little card on the plane and really that was all that was required. They took our forms as well, but others just had the little card and that seemed to suffice. A little disorganized pushing at the two small windows, but it only took about 15 minutes.

Also to skip ahead, nobody ever looked at our yellow fever cards, even in Rwanda where it is supposedly required.

What awaited us at Seronera? Next episode coming up soon.

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