My Kenya/Tanzania Wish List 15

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After four and a half months of traveling overland from Cape Town to Cairo in the summer of 2009, I was so ready to get out of Africa and get to someplace where things worked. I was fed up, frustrated, exhausted and just sick of it all.

I can’t wait to go back.

lions walking from watering hole namib

always on a look out for the big cats

My safaris were all done in southern Africa, but one reason I want to head back to Kenya and Tanzania is to time a trip to the annual migration. It is one of the spectacles of the natural world and one I can’t wait to experience.

The migration is twice a year and is high up on the list of Kenya holidays that I’m ready, willing, and able to take at the drop of the hat (subtle message to any company or destination out there looking for a travel writer).

Maasai-Mari National Park is the Kenyan side of the huge park (Serengeti is on the Tanzanian side) that is one of the world’s most famous, and for good reason. Between the exposure those parks got onΒ Africa the Serengeti or Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series or the variety of other places you have seen them on TV, the spectacle of life is why we all want to go there.

namibian giraffes

amazing, and odd, creatures they are

There are plenty of reasons for me to want to go back — this time, I will do more of the parks and equalize my southern Africa animal experience with a bit more in East Africa.

Too much is never enough.


male lion guarding female lion looking at camera in namibia

Male lion sightings are treasured

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About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

15 thoughts on “My Kenya/Tanzania Wish List

  • Tijmen

    Watching the annual migration there is one of the things I really like to see one day as well, but for me the main reason to go to Tanzania would be to climb the Kilimanjaro πŸ™‚

  • Oswald

    Sub Saharan Africa is high on my list of places I want to travl in (how I decide where to travel is a recent post on my site – still needs more work but it is the basics), but I have heard so many stories about how hard it is to travel there. I canceled an East West trip across North Africa years ago partly becasue there were no travel connections, visa problems etc etc, but still to do it. So your post is inspiring. And amazing pics!

  • Debbie Beardsley

    Wow, all of those trips sound wonderful! I think the migration would be an amazing thing to witness!

  • Leigh

    I don’t know if you made it to Namibia on your last go around but the parks there are great.

    A few years ago I was on a bus from Dar Es Salaam to Iringa in Tanzania and driving through a National Park – don’t know which one – but very interesting topography and a lion just sauntered along by the bus.

    Africa gets under your skin doesn’t it – and keeps you wanting more.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      ahhhh, Namibia is one of my favorites — wouldn’t live there, but visiting is amazing

  • Jaime

    So when are you going back??? Can I join you… I would love to see more of Africa than just Egypt & Morocco (whats on my current RTW itinerary). I think the reason I don’t have ore countries is cus I am a bit scared.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      No idea when I’ll be back. At this point, highly doubtful until 2012 at least. But don’t be scared — you can do it.

  • Africa Man

    Yup, Africa can frustrate at times πŸ˜‰ Things don’t work like in the rest of the world. However, she’s still a beautiful maiden, if slightly temperamental. I wouldn’t move away here soon though. I love this place. She offers a hard kind of beauty. Lovely.

  • Kristi Hines

    A photo safari in Kruger National Park is on my to-do list for next year, so I enjoy reading about other photographers’ experiences. I am giving myself a year to mentally prepare for all of the things that won’t work so that I can not be frustrated and fully enjoy all of the things that are unique to that area (like the wildlife).

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