Expedition Africa Reflected
As I planned my trip to Africa, I knew it would be one to remember for the rest of my life. It turned out to be a life changing event as I thought it would be. The kind of trip that produced respect for nature and the appreciation for the life we have.
The journey began from Los Angeles, winding through Toronto and London, and after 26 hours of total travel time I reached my destination in Nairobi, Kenya. With a late arrival, I only spent one night in the city and I was off to Maasai Mara by the next morning. This was the first leg of my safari here in Kenya and it turned out to be the most incredible part of my expedition in Africa. It appeared that every game species was here and every square foot of the Serengeti was occupied by one animal or another. The safari I had procured was a budget safari and included two nights in a tent which I would have regretted if my experience here wasn’t so eye-opening. The stay in the tent camp included the worse food I’ve ever had but I got what I paid for. My visit here also included a visit to a Maasai tribe which included a performance of their traditional dance that I was able to take part in. During the dance, I couldn’t stop smiling as this was something I had seen on television but never thought I would ever take part in.
This holiday was perpetual motion as one day ended another one began in a different location. After 3 days in the Maasai Mara, and an early sunrise game drive, our safari was now at Lake Nakuru National Park where we viewed the endangered southern white rhinos and the Rothschild’s Giraffes. By the fifth and final day, I was treated to a surprise game hike. Hell’s Gate National Park offers a rare hike through the park and an adventurous hike into a slot canyon. We finished the hike in the afternoon and after lunch and a two hour ride to Nairobi, I was at the airport for my next destination. By 9 pm that same day, I was in my hotel in the historic Stone Town district of Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Zanzibar was an enchanting location filled with beautiful beaches and historic Stone Town. This was to be my relaxing time of my expedition where I could enjoy the beach and relax between two safaris. It didn’t work out that way as I participated in swimming with the dolphins, walked and explored Stone Town with the safety of my own neighborhood, and hiked through Jozani Forest.
As quickly as I arrived, it was time to leave. My scheduled flight out at 9:30 am was cancelled and I had to take the 5:15 am flight and my long day of travel just got longer. My total travel now totaled 15 hours as My route took me from Zanzibar to Nairobi, then to Johannesburg, and finally to Windhoek, Namibia. Namibia was the location of my second safari, this one would take me through the Namib desert. The dunes are an amazing sight to behold and the desert would also be my location for my first attempt at sandboarding.
Already exhausted from my activities from the first three countries, I forged ahead to my final destination of Johannesburg, South Africa. Too tired to do a city tour on my first day, I chose to visit the Lesedi Cultural Village on my second day. This visit fed my geeky need to learn about past cultures and closed my visit to Africa as I was on my flight home that evening.
Other than the four nights I stayed in the same hotel in Zanzibar, and two nights in a tent in Kenya, the rest of the accommodations were single nights as my safari toured through the countryside. I longed for the comforts of home after the long road through Africa. Expedition Africa was truly a magical experience once held in high regards only in my mind and now it was a reality. This experience is now the single best event I’ve had to date.
The video above is a short glimpse of my time in Africa.
For my articles on Africa see: Expedition Hobo in Africa