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Trip Report Tanzania Trip Report July 2006 - Live, Laugh, Love

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Live, Laugh, Love

Life is funny. It was around this time last year when I first discovered this forum, and I read every trip report written from 2003 on up. Now here it is, a year later, and I’m writing one of my own.

My safari started as a suggestion some friends threw out about 2 years ago, when asked how DH and I could best celebrate our 25th anniversary. At that time, the safari suggestion seemed very farfetched to me, as I am known to be a major chicken when it comes to exploring the unknown. Flying and bugs (and flying bugs) do not sit well with me. When my DH was determined to pursue the idea, he presented me with the idea that we would sleep on the ground in a tiny tent out in the middle of the bush AND have to help with the cooking. No way Jose, not for 25 years of bliss. Uh-Uh! Time to do some Internet research!

Before I knew it, the safari which was to be in celebration of our 25th anniversary soon grew into a celebration of my soon-to-be half century mark as well as a celebration of "before the kids go off to college", as our 2 oldest both start college in the fall.

The budget grew along with the numbers. From "just us 2", we tried to make it a family affair, but our two teenagers would have nothing to do with being out in the wilderness, no internet or phone, stuck in a vehicle with the parental units for 2 weeks. This left us with our 12 year old son, who had no other choice.

We determined that this talkative 12 year old needed a friend to accompany him so that he wouldn’t drive us crazy. This then developed into the friend coming, along with the friend's whole family (we're all friends actually). Then my longest standing and best friend, who is also celebrating her half-century mark, joined in the fun, thus our motley crew grew to eight, all first time safari goers – (5 adults and three 11 to 15 year olds -2 boys, one girl) went on what I will call the Live, Laugh, Love safari.

Somehow, I became UGL - the Unofficial Group Leader. The women in the group wanted running hot water, flushing toilets, A/C and electricity. The men wanted liquor.

We chose an itinerary put together by Tracey at ATR, which included Moivaro Lodge, Tarangire Treetops, Gibbs Farm, Oldupai Camp, Migration Camp, Sand Rivers (my DH had to do some fishing) and the last night at the Holiday Inn in Dar before flying back. We also added 3 days in London prior to setting off to Dar so as to break up the flight and get over some of the jetlag.

We had a blast! I have never laughed so much and so hard in my life.

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