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Unbelievable trip!

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It's been several months since I've returned from Tanzania. I booked my trip through an American company called Born Free Safari's. Alana Hayden was my primary contact and she walked me through every step of the trip ensuring I got exactly what I wanted. This was a good thing for me as I had never been and frankly, I didn't know what I wanted. My primary focus was on photography. I went by myself and had a fairly limited budget. It was important to me that I had my own car as I didn't want anyone else to get the same photographs I had. It wasn't important to me that I be comfortable the entire time so I opted to camp in a tent which saved me some money.

This made it quite an adventure and I wouldn't have traded it for anything. I had my own driver/guide named Nickson who was (and still is) a wonderful man fluent in English with an incredible amount of knowledge on the local wildlife..especially birds. We were up and out before sunrise every day which I wanted. Back about 4 to 6 hours later for lunch prepared by an awesome cook named Swalehh and a quick nap then out for sunset every night.

We went to several parks including Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Lake Ndutu, Ngorongoro Crater but I must say my favorite by far was Tarangire. The wildlife was incredible and there were hardly any other people there which made it truly special.

Something else you must do if you are going is to visit the market in Arusha. Bring plenty of $1 bills as everyone wants cash to have their photo taken. It can get a bit crazy and overwhelming though so you would be well advised to have a local guide to walk with you through the market to help push back the crowd that will inevitably form.

Thanks again to Alana at Born Free Safari's for a dream trip come true.

You can view some of my photographs at

I kept a daily journal recounting the nitty gritty details of the trip and posted the journal word for word on my blog also should you be interested...

You will need to visit the archives from July and August for the trip journal.

Mat Hayward

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