Category: Africa

Serengeti National Park Safari Guide

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is one of the most famous wildlife habitats in the world.  This large park in Northern Tanzania, along with its sister park (the Masai Mara) in Kenya, plays a pivotal role in the great wildebeest migration.  This great migration, which also features zebra, gazelle, and other grazing animals, brings over two million grass feeders thru the parks as they follow the rains each year.  It is quite an unbelievable spectacle to behold.

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Guide

Without any doubt, the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited.  Nowhere else in this world can you find such an abundance of wildlife, all within a relatively small location, to view all year round.  Beyond the sheer beauty of the crater itself, that is what makes the Ngorongoro Crater so special.  More than anywhere else, you are almost guaranteed to see the wildlife you came to see when you visit Ngorongoro.

Arusha National Park Safari Guide

While Arusha National Park may not be the biggest national park in Tanzania, it does have a lot of beautiful landscapes and wonderful animals for visitors to enjoy.  That, along with its very convenient location next to one of Tanzania’s largest cities, makes it a popular destination for tourists visiting Tanzania.

In this guide, I am going to give you all of the information you need to plan your trip to visit Arusha National Park.  We will discuss the best times to visit this beautiful park, what you need to be aware of before you visit, the best things for you to bring along with you on safari, how much you can expect to pay to visit the park, and what amazing sites and animals you can expect to see within the park.

Zanzibar Visitor’s Guide

When we took our trip to Tanzania a few years ago, we really wanted to visit Zanzibar while we were there because we had heard such amazing things about the island.  We were not disappointed.  Between the wonderful people we met, the beautiful landscapes around the island, and the interesting foods that we got to try, it was an amazing experience.  One that we are glad we were able to have, and one that we will never soon forget.

The Art of Travel Photography – Tips for Photography on African Safaris

Being on safari in Africa is an exciting and exhilarating experience.  It is something that you want to remember and bring back to show your family and friends.  The pictures that we take while on safari are our best way to remember and share this amazing experience.  For this reason, you want to be able to take great safari pictures that you can.  Pictures that will really represent the experience well and WOW those that you show them to.

Like most photography, half the battle is putting yourself in the right position.  Since you are reading this, I assume that you have already made plans to go on safari in Africa or are in the process of making those plans.  So, you have done the really important work.  By reading this article, you will be armed with the tips and tricks necessary to take the best safari pictures.  All that is left is to go on your trip and make memories to last a lifetime!

The Essential Safari Packing List

If you are in the planning stages for going on safari, let me first tell you how excited I am for you, as this will be an experience you will treasure for a lifetime.  For those of you who might not be immediately planning on going on safari, but are interested, let me tell you with every fiber on my being that you should make that dream come true.  The sacrifices to get there and go on safari are worth it a thousand times over.

In this article, I am going to review some of the general packing guidelines for going on safari with you, as well as talk about some of the essential pieces of gear that you will want to bring with you.  Your safari operator will undoubtedly supply you with a list as well, and you should pay close attention to what they suggest you bring and not bring.  Every place you visit to go on safari can be different, though these general guidelines should be mostly the same.

20 Tips for Those Visiting Africa for the First Time

It was almost midnight when we touched down at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania, so there wasn’t much we could see out of the window of the plane.  As our plane taxied up to the main airport building, the anticipation and anxiety of what this experience would be like started to build inside of me.  I was visiting Africa for the first time, and I couldn’t have felt more alive.

If you are planning your first trip to Africa, I am so insanely jealous of you right now.  I wish that I could go back to the stages when I was first planning my trip to Africa for the first time.  There is so much mystery and wonder associated with the continent of Africa.  I remember being both thrilled and terrified to be finally visiting.  I fell in love with Africa almost immediately, and will always love Africa, but there is something magical about that first visit.

African Safari – Lake Manyara National Park

When we visited Tanzania last year, we were very fortunate to be able to go on safari and see some absolutely amazing things.  I don’t think it is possible to truly understand how amazing safari in Africa is until you experience it yourself.  Seeing some of this world’s most amazing animals in their natural habitat.

Our Visit to a Maasai Village in Tanzania

One of the neatest and most educational experiences we had when traveling in Tanzania last year was a visit to a Maasai village.  They have such a unique and amazing culture and it was really cool to be able to visit with them and learn more about their way of life.

We took a 4 day safari thru Lake Manyara National Park, the Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.  Along our many drives we would see the Maasai villages and the young boys out herding their cattle.  It was fascinating to see how they lived from a far, but we wanted to know more about their culture and way of life.

Friday Sound-Off: Are Antimalarial Medications Worth Taking?

It is a question that I have asked myself a few times before traveling internationally.  Do I take an antimalarial and deal with the sickness that is often a side-effect, or do I forgo the antimalarial and increase my odds of getting Malaria?  The answer to that question seems pretty straight-forward, and it probably is.  However, you would be surprised at how many people actually choose to not take an antimalarial before their trip.