Thursday, February 9, 2012

We left Livingstone behind and enjoyed 3 more days in Zambia before heading into Malawi for 4 nights around the Lake. Everyone enjoyed walking through one of the local villages, where they visited their local school and clinic and were treated to a traditional village meal. Having left a very rainy Southern Africa behind we were super lucky with the weather as the temperatures began to soar allowing everyone to soak up some serious rays on the beautiful beaches. Our time here flew by so quickly and before we knew it we were crossing another boarder, this time into Tanzania. We had a couple of really long drives ahead of us on some more than bumpy roads before reaching Dar Es salaam but thankfully the scenery kept everyone smiling. We drove through the beautiful boabab valley home to thousands of boabab trees which legends believe were planted upside down as their branches look like meandering routes. That same day we drove through Mikumi National Park where we were lucky enough to see herds of giraffe and the forest elephant (which is smaller than the normal African elephant......still beast like non the less!). Then.....'Dar' which could only mean one thing: next up 3 days on Zanzibar. 3 days of relaxing, spice touring, scuba diving and just general merriment on an island in the midst of the glimmering Indian Ocean, it doesn't get much better than that!
Next up is another long drive to the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest point and the worlds tallest lone standing peak - where we will spend one night before heading to Arusha....and you know what that means!?! The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater!!