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Jul 10, 2013 - Ruaha - last day

Perhaps a little too much alcohol last night (a litre of beer, 2 double G&Ts and the remaining Pinotage) as we both dreamed and slept poorly. Up early for another beautiful sunrise and our last full game drive at Ruaha. We have the pleasure and experience of Josefat again today and he initially covers some of the same ground as yesterday (rocky outcrops) again trying to find leopard but still no luck. Followed vultures to a cheetah kill that had been abandoned and hopefully got some good photos. We learned that cheetah hunt most days as...

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Jul 9, 2013 - Those unlucky cheetahs and a pride of luckier lions

– Woke at 4:40 and talked while listening to the hippos forage until sunrise at 6 and then down to breakfast. Full day game drive with Josefat who is the senior guide at Ruaha with over 20 years experience and one of only 2 guides within the Fox structure accredited to guide without a driver. Given the number and variety of animals we had already seen Josefat set out to try and find leopard and buffalo – we were unsuccessful on both counts but Josefat assured us that Katavi was a much better park to observe both. A great day viewing...

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Jul 8, 2013 - Ruaha continues

We woke at 2:30 and spent quite a long time listening to elephants grazing, hippos snorting, lions roaring and many strange noises that we couldn’t identify all backed by the flowing river at our doorstep. After chatting we finally dozed off and woke again at 6 to watch the sunrise from our bed. Full breakfast and then a full days game drive with Ben and Alex who had taken us out the previous afternoon. Saw many animals but the highlights were • an elephant making several “mock charges” because we got too close to the group and then another...

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Jul 7, 2013 - Let the safari begin!

Up early hoping to visit the Hindu temple for Puja but we are not allowed in so went for a walk for an hour before breakfast. Got lost twice, ended up walking in exactly the wrong direction both times. Paying our residual bill by credit card involved strolling around the streets outside the hotel with the card reader in hand until we could get a stable signal long enough to process payment. Zanzibar airport was typical Africa – full on security screening but then no “Safari Air Link” signs. None of the airport security staff able to answer...

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May 1, 2012 - Day 105 & 106 - Ruaha...My vows of 12 years ago are fulfilled

Rising at dawn we hopped in the cars and headed back to the site of the lion kill to see if there had been any action overnight. The lovely lady lions had not moved far from their prize however had barely made a dent in their nyama. No jackals, hyenas or even vultures had  joined the party. A sad state of affairs. The kids were amazingly quiet for nearly an hour as we sat waiting for the pair to make their way to the carcass. One beautiful cat came out of the bushes, her coat glowing golden in the morning sun. Something spooked her, though...

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5 African Hornes

Apr 29, 2012 - Day 104 - Lunda...life is harsh in Lunda (if you're a giraffe)

A hearty breakfast of hotcakes, sausage, bacon, beans and tomato set us up for the day and bought me a few hours of peace while the kids played cards with full bellies. With the bread running low, Saba made a batch of chapattis to take on our picnic lunch while I mixed up tuna, sweetcorn and mayo as a filling. "Olie, stay away from the riverbank" I heard myself say for the tenth time that morning. The crumbly, eroding soil of the three metre high riverbank was too tempting for a kid that loves playing in the dirt and making mud rocks. No...

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5 African Hornes

Apr 28, 2012 - Day 103 - Lunda...Land of majestic baobabs and haunted animals

Leaving the farm after breakfast on a sunny Saturday morning, we took a short cut to Iringa through tiny villages, passing a collection of beautiful old stone buildings which happened to be a  Catholic mission on the banks of a fast flowing river. Alan lead the way, scooting along the dirt track at a fair pace, pausing at a junction on the outskirts of Iringa and turning left heading for Lunda. The Ruaha National park is located 120kms south west of Iringa and is the biggest national park in Africa, boasting lion, leopard, elephant, wild...

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Apr 3, 2009 - Tandala Tented Camp, Ruaha National Park

We had our first flat tyre today, in the middle of nowhere between Iringa and the Ruaha National Park. To really make things interesting, the spare was flat too… Geoff and Sue have a built-in air pump, but it turns out that it was damaged in the crash or during the repairs. We found a young local guy who said that there was a Greek man up the road - ‘He has many tractors’, ie might have an air pump. It’s a long story, but we found the Greek’s farm in the end, and got the tyre inflated. In a twist of coincidence, we later learned that the...

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