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.
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 on 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.
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.
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Cool, you will for sure enjoy the annual wildebeest migration in Serengeti and Maasai Mara!
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 🙂
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!
Wow, all of those trips sound wonderful! I think the migration would be an amazing thing to witness!
Awesome. Doing an African safari is definitely high on my list!
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.
ahhhh, Namibia is one of my favorites — wouldn’t live there, but visiting is amazing
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.
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.
Damn, have to plan about going to Kenya, I guess 🙂
Don’t forget to post pictures of the migrations! 🙂
sounds like fun, cant wait for your posts
Yup, Africa can frustrate at times 😉 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.
I share your love of the place. It is so unique and incredible.
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).