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  Around the breakfast table at our first hotel, Outpost Lodge. View from the first tented lodge. Emily is excited as we hit the road. Emily in front of the first tented lodge. View from our first tented lodge.  During rains, that becomes a river.  

  Relaxing at our View of the Niko in the car. Termite hill. Ostrich!  

  Baobob tree next to the road. Ostrich family. Our first elephant sighting!  

  A common sight: Jesse and Jenny clicking away! Giraffes! Cuddling in the car. Member of a baboon family that we saw lounging about in the trees. Mother with her two children.  The two baboon babies were crawling all over that tree in a very adorable fashion.  

  Bird nests from Village Weaver birds.  The male makes them and then tries to lure a female bird inside: if she refuses, he tears it down and starts anew! Female lions lounging about beneath a tree: this is basically all that they do.  On the entire trip, we only saw one female lion doing anything other than sleeping... but you'll see that later! Emily in front of our land rover. Pretty bird, don't recall its name though!  

  View over Tarangire River from the eating area. Emily! Happy safari-ers. Us peeking out from the landrover.  I asked the safari guide if everyone takes this photo, and he said, Warthog, or  

  Elephants wandering about. Vultures in a tree. Waterbuck Vervet monkey family. Elephant footprint!  Our guide, who knew how much Emily liked elephants, stopped the car at a dead stop to show us this, nearly giving us all heart attacks.  Here we thought we were under attack by lions or something!  

  Emily cuddling up to a baobob tree.  She loves them.  As you can see, they are hollow on the inside, and make for good homes.  In this case, the tree was used by poachers! Your narrator. Us in a baobob tree. Ostrich. Towards the end of the day, we came upon a vast group of elephants.  Our guide had apparently saved the best for last: Emily was beside herself with happiness.  They were everywhere, no more than 10 feet from the vehicle.  

  Elephant baby! See how close they were??  

  They were seriously close. Elephant with the setting sun Ah, peanut butter! Baboon wandering about the parking lot, little 'un in tow (look under its belly!).  

  Obama sticker on the bathroom mirror. Us in front of Ngorongoro crater. Emily and bro in front of Ngorongoro crater. Look, Ma, no fighting! All the safari-ers in front of Ngorongoro crater. Giraffes munching on these weird trees.  Actually, not the trees: the giraffes are eating the insects that make their home in those little pods.  These insects apparently make for good nutrition.  (Just like Papa always says: insects are high in protein).  

  Zebra! Zebra hits the ground running. Us at the spot where we ate lunch.  

  Wildebeests a'migratin'. Vanguard of the wildebeest migration. Zebra. Wildebeests crossing the road. Ugly stork.  

  The Serengeti: the name means Endless Plain in the Maasai tongue.  You can see why. Me thinking some very deep thoughts. The road entering the Serengeti.  

  Obama! Thomson's Gazelle. Cheetah (with prey, a small rabbit, though it's hardly visible here).  It was no more than 20 feet from our window. Cheetah. Male lion parading around a few feet from our vehicle.  

  Lion looking majestic. Lion looking majestic.  Sorry, I couldn't pick a favorite here! Lion in Serengeti. (Okay, just a few more pictures of this guy, I swear!) Lion gazing over his kingdom. See, he was REALLY close!!  

  The mate of the male lion you've been looking at for the last 100 pictures or so.  Apparently, lions like to pair off for a week or so and take a little honeymoon. Weird-looking creature called a serval. Hippos!  This was our first hippo sighting, but there are more to come.  They like to swim in shallow water because their skins are very sensitive and they can't sweat, so they have to avoid overheating.  At night they leave the water and graze grass like any other herbivore. Emily at the Vervet monkey in a tree.  

  Birds perched on an Acacia tree in the Serengeti. The Serengeti is a beautiful place. Although we've been focused on animals, some of the most beautiful stuff we saw was simply the scenery. More scenery from Serengeti. Cute little baboon dude just looking like he owns the place.  

  Stunning Acacia tree. Emily with headlamp. Our companions in campsite at night. Us in campsite at night. Sunset in the Serengeti.  

  Water buffalos have cool horns. Besides the obvious visual appeal of seeing various wildlife through a giraffe's legs, check out the birds perched on his thigh there, eating ticks and other annoying pests. Monkey climbing up a vine. Monkey perched in a tree. Giraffes munching away.  

  Giraffe in the Serengeti. The Hippo Pool!  Lots of hippos, real close! We got lucky: you almost never see hippos out of the water in the daytime, but these two apparently got lost on their way back last night, and thus arrived to the pool just as we pulled up in our car.  They are seriously big creatures! Hippos cuddling. Happy Hippo Watchers.  

  Hippos in the hippo pool.  In that small area, there are many different families, and the males keep careful watch in case some rival hippo should try to muscle in on their territory! View of the plains in Serengeti. Warthog! Our first leopard sighting. Giraffe taking some shade.  

  in Serengeti. Giraffes crossing road in Serengeti. Eating place at the campsite. Jackal!  I always envisioned them to be much bigger, but they're kind of cute! So-called sausage tree: named for its weird, sausage-like fruit hanging down.  Not edible by humans, but animals love it!  

  Tree weighed down with village weaver nests. Bird perched atop a tree, scouring the Serengeti for food. Eagle in tree in Serengeti. Ostrich family. Second leopard sighting: incredibly close!  

  Leopard sleeping in tree. Leopard in tree, zoomed out. It was really close I tell you! Close-up of sleeping leopard. Leopard climbing down the tree: after this, we followed him as he stalked some prey, but then eventually stopped to eat grass.  Apparently leopards eat grass when their stomachs are bothering them.  

  Leopard wandering off into the endless plains of the Serengeti. Leopard on the prowl. Leopard wandering off at sunset. After watching the leopard, we headed back to the campsite: along the way, we saw an elephant, which seemed like a good omen! Stars and moon at night in the campsite.  

  Emily and Jenny looking cute in their stylish headlamps. Serengeti at night, take 2. Sunrise in the Serengeti. Vultures devouring a dead zebra Giraffes meandering about in the area outside of Serengeti park.  

  Emily atop Ngorongoro crater. Niko atop Ngorongoro crater. Niko in land rover. These pictures were taken while the tire of the landrover was being changed. These pictures were taken while the tire of the landrover was being changed.  

  These pictures were taken while the tire of the landrover was being changed. View of zebras as enter Ngorongoro crater. Birds in Ngorongoro crater.  Not sure what kind. Wildebeest lounging in Ngorongoro crater. Zebras cuddling.  

  Wildebeest in Ngorongoro. Wildebeest with white flowers in Ngorongoro. Emily looking pretty. Wildebeest with baby.  That child was that very day!  They walk within minutes of being born. Wildebeest with pink flamingos in Ngorongoro.  

  Elephant in Ngorongoro. Elephant in Ngorongoro. Lions mating.  The whole thing took about 2.2 seconds, after which the male strutted out looking proud of himself, and the female went immediately back to sleep. See?  Male proud, female asleep.  

  Hippos playing in the water. Beautiful birds in Ngorongoro crater, near hippo pool. Water buffalo in Ngorongoro crater. Our one Rhino sighting: rather far away, this is at 18x zoom! View over Ngorongoro crater.  

  Emily by some elephant droppings.  Did I mention she likes elephants? Emily and bro during our nature walk over Ngorongoro crater. View over Ngorongoro crater, taken during our nature walk. The men.  

  All of us overlooking Ngorongoro crater. Nature walk, looking away from the Ngorongoro crater for once. Us with our ranger, and a group of Maasai women coming down the road in the distance.  We're not entirely sure why he raised his rifle... but it makes for a nice picture. That evening, we spent the night at a very luxurious place (luxurious compared to camping in the Serengeti) called the Ngorongoro farmhouse which is also a working coffee farm. Sunset at the Ngorongoro farmhouse.  Taken from our porch.  

  Daytime at the Ngorongoro Farmhouse, as seen from the terrace off our room. View as we drove down the road towards the Maasai village. As you drive through Tanzania, you frequently see these huts grouped together: they are called bomas, and they are the dwelling place of a Maasai extended family. Kids in the school that was constructed by our safari company.  Our company, Maasai Wanderings, is dedicated to supporting the Maasai, and profits go towards constructing schools and otherwise helping to sustain that tribe. Schoolhouse outside of Maasai village.  

  The huts the Maasai live in. Maasai village. According to our guide, this lady is over 90 years old!  However, he also admitted that they lose track after a while since they don't really use calendars.  I personally have my doubts. Maasai. Kids in Maasai village.  

  Dancers gathering in Maasai village. Dancers gathering in Maasai village. Our Maasai guide is wearing the hat. Everyone on the safari, at the very end.  The man in the Rockville T-shirt is our cook (named Prosper), and the other guy to his right is Francis, our guide. J. photographing in the hotel after the safari.  

  That mashed potato-like substance called ugali is a standard Tanzanian staple. It's made from maize and is normally eaten with beans, or so our guide Francis said when we asked him about typical Tanzanian food. We had it with curries. Zanzibar is famous for its doors. This house (and its elaborate door) once belonged to a very rich slave trader.  

  Zanzibar used to be the capital of the East African slave trade. The island was controlled by the Omanis and people from the mainland were collected, stored in horrid conditions, and then sold in Zanzibar to serve in the Arab World. Another door low tide in Jambiani. The tide goes out about two kilometers at its lowest moment and then advances all the to the rocks at its highest moment. More low tide  

  Seaweed farms.  Apparently, a Japanese company pays them to grow it here, as the long tides make for near perfect conditions.   It's not consumed locally, and the native species aren't really good for eating in any case. When the tide is out in Jambiani (and all of Zanzibar), you can walk along vast stretches of exposed sand.  Here is Emily near the edge as we get to the beginning of the water. Walking back to the hotel in Jambiani. View of the hotel from the View of a dhow with sail.  

  Kids playing in front of our hotel. Emily with Tusker beer.  Yay elephants! Southern end of the village of Jambiani, near our hotel. Moon over the water. Sunrise in Zanzibar.  

  Beach strand where we went snorkeling in the protected Menai Bay. Beach strand where we went snorkeling. Beach strand where we went snorkeling. J and J on the boat. The island where the beach strand was, from the boat. As the tide comes in, most of the strip of sand gets covered with water.  

  Mangroves. Emily beneath a big tree in Jambiani. Emily holding her hair back with some spare glasses. Waiting for food in restaurant... This local restaurant was right on the beach and did not have electricity. We played cards with flashlights and ate by candlelight. Waiting for food in restaurant... Jesse took this picture.  

  We had an unparalleled view of the night sky.  If you look carefully, you can see the palm trees outlined in black near the bottom of this picture. View of the moon through the trees.  Due to the long exposure, the moon looks almost like a rising sun. The dhow (traditional boat) which we took snorkling under the steady hand of Captain Chicken (real name). Emily on dhow. Me on dhow.  

  View of the assistant sleeping as we sail on the Dhow. Crazy starfish we found.  Don't worry, we threw 'em  back. Coral reef a short ways out from Zanzibar's eastern coast.  You can see the waves crashing -- bear in mind we are already a fair distance at sea. Captain Chicken took us walking along them. On the other side of the reef, where it really is the open sea, we saw four dolphins, some of whom were surfing in the waves. Assistant using a pole to maneuver the dhow in shallow water. Lounging about.  

  View from our the spot in our hotel where we liked to read. (You can see how the tide is coming in.) J and J relaxing. Jesse looks a bit like Gilligan or Jughead Jones with that hat on. Emily photographing herself. View of women collecting seaweed in the tidal basin. Kids playing in the beach on a Saturday.  

  View of the beach from our hotel. Kids playing in the beach on a Saturday.  There were many roving bands.  Very adorable.  Looks like a great place to play as a kid: little pools of water complete with fish, clay, and vast areas to run around. Band of children on the beach. Band of girls wandering about the clay beach of Jambiani. Boy with toy boat.  There were many of these.  

  Emily learning how to grind millet. Me grating coconut. We also learned how coconut milk is made. Apparently, it is not the liquid inside a coconut. Classroom at the Jambiani school. Library at the Jambiani school.  Most books are in English. Jambiani village street.  

  This is a kanga that women traditionally use as skirts -- but with a somewhat nontraditional design!  We saw these everywhere. Kid in the streets yelling Beautiful sunrise Sunrise in the hotel. Emily watching fishing boat.  

  Crazy translations outside the duty free store.  Never seen anything so poorly translated in my life! View from the airplane as we left Tanzania.  Goodbye!  

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