Hakuna Matata

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Some New Friends

Gary Pierce

Adventure Traveller

  1. Age: 51
  2. Nationality: USA
  3. Where was your adventure?: Tanzania
  4. How many days was it?: 15
  5. What type of adventure?: Safari
  6. Give us a general overview of your adventure:
    My 10 year old son and I spent an incredible 15 days in Tanzania, from 20th June to 4th July 2005. We spent time in the town of Moshi, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, and the Island of Zanzibar.

    BootsnAll hooked us up with a safari company. They met us upon our arrival at Nairobi Airport and took care of everything for us until our departure. They were very efficient, provided brand new vehicles, and first rate guides and drivers. There really is nothing I can complain about as everything went smoothly with absolutely no hiccups. Our guide was extremely professional, very knowledgeable on the wildlife and culture, and took great care of us. We made a few changes to our itinerary on the fly and it was handled very well and efficiently by the safari company. There was great communication between our guide and headquarters back in Moshi.

    We saw incredible amounts of wildlife at every park we visited. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater were absolutely amazing. We spent time at a Maasai Village in the Ngorongoro Highlands that is highly recommended. At the end of our safari, we spent an ultra relaxed 4 days on the Island of Zanzibar. It was probably the most relaxing 4 days I’ve ever had. We fished, snorkeled, ate, drank, and chilled. My son had a great time playing with the local children from the village. They spent hours playing soccer on the beach.

  7. Was it difficult?: no
    Why or why not?
    Donovan Pacholl hooked us up with an excellent safari guide and a brand new Land Cruiser. Basically, I barely had to think…everything went very smoothly.
  8. Would you recommend this adventure trip to someone else? Why or Why Not?
    Tanzania is highly recommended. The people were lovely, the game parks incredible. Everywhere you turn there is a National Geographic moment. The color, the light, the wildlife, the culture…magic.
  9. What do you wish you would have done differently?
    Flown into Moshi rather than driving 6-7 hrs from Nairobi. The bus we were on was comfortable, but a bit overloaded and top heavy with luggage. I was a bit paranoid of having a blown tire. I wouldn’t have minded so much if it had been just me, but I had my kid along. The drive was interesting and scenic.
  10. What kind of advice can you give to other travellers going on this adventure?
    Relax and enjoy. The country was safe and the safari company very competent and accommodating. I took stacks of photos and had to try and download a 4gb card and a 1 gb card every night which was very time consuming considering I didn’t have a laptop along. I was transferring the photos to an IPOD which took forever. Next time I’ll take the laptop.
  11. What type of gear did you bring?
    3 changes of clothes and my 10 year old son…thats it.
  12. Where is your next big adventure? Why?
    I would like to return to Tanzania next year to climb Kilimanjaro.
  13. Did you travel before or after your adventure? If so, where?
    I’ve been an expat for over 20 years which has taken me to many countries. I am presently working in Iraq and wish I were back in Tanzania.
  14. On your adventure, what person did you most identify with?

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