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Tanzania: Zanzibar, The Crater, the Serengeti and Mahale Mtns (photos)

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Don't know if there'll be much interest in these but I thought i'd link some photos from a trip to Tanzania a few years ago...I've been scanning some old film pictures to digital. I'm certainly no pro and scanning is not ideal but to anyone interested, here they are...

My dad, sister and I made the trip to Tanzania flying into Dar es Salaam which has a dearth of nice hotels (if dearth means lack of)...we took a small plane to Zanzibar and stayed at a nice beach resort of the other side of the island...for me (we're from Florida), you can stay at beautiful tropical beach resorts all over the Carribean etc so I would probably stay in Old Town, Zanzibar next time for the experience...we were just removed from the cultural side of things on the other side of the island...and the road at the time was not fully paved so it took a long time to go back and forth...still, the beaches were beautiful if that's what you're after (there are many other beautiful beach spots on the island besides the one we were staying)...from there we flew back to Dar to Arusha to begin our safari....to the Crater....which is always filled with great photo ops...have been twice and while it is a bit zoo-like, my sister loved seeing everything there. It's actually much more restricted now than the first time I visited in 92 (probably good for the wildlife) but as a result when we saw rhino at a long distance, we were not able to get any closer...after that we drove through Olduvai Gorge and visited Lucy...then to the Serengeti for a mobile safari...great lion sightings, more than 50...we visited the spot where the wildebeest cross en masse and the crocs pic them off but our timing was a bit off. The crocs were there...and some of the wildebeest carcasses...but we did not see the actual crossing (this was at the Grumeti River)...we did see some long lines of wildebeest and zebras in migratory mode but not the millions pictured that you sometimes see on tv...we drove on bumpy roads back to Arusha to catch a plane to Mahale...this was one of the most dramatic camps we've ever visited....the flight over arid, brown Tanzania to the brilliant blue/green of Lake Tanganyika....a short runway between the mountains and the lake shore....and then a dhow ride even further to the park. When you reach camp, you round this corner to a stunning sight....this tent (the architecture of the camp has changed and is now is quite different and even more spectacular) set up on the beach with the greenest, lushest jungle spilling over the mountains behind it. And those mountains are full of chimps...we had a shorter than average stay but it was great. Such a stunning setting and the chimps are fascinating....we followed along for a couple hours as they groomed, played, hunted for colobus monkeys, every now and then they broke out into thunderous hoots and shouts....on our way back we visited Ujiji where Stanley met up with Dr. Livingstone (the little curator/guide was worth the trip alone!) and on to Kigoma ( a place where many of the Congo refugees resided). So I hope you enjoy:

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