December 2005


January 2006

Our first safari experience in southern Africa was an absolute success. We started in Arusha in the north of Tanzania and spent most of our time in two national parks in the south of Tanzania: Ruaha and Selous. We ended this winter break on the east coast near Bagamoyo.

Moivaro Coffee Lodge
Christmas dinner in the lodge garden
Kilasiya Waterfalls
Lunch along the road near Marangu
Start of the Marangu route which leads to the top of the Kilimanjaro
Jambo, jambo!
Old shack in Marangu shows how people used to live with their animals 100 years ago.
Master of the hut and some kids from the village.
Marangu valley
Fresh meat hanging to dry at the local butcher.
Branded Africa
Banana beer, not my favourite beer in the world...
Winding down with our driver and guide Robert.
Arusha airstrip with Mount Meru in the background.
Coastal Cessna 208
Rift Valley
Arrival in Ruaha
First big wild life we spotted in Africa
Brilliantly coloured red and blue lizard
Marabou stork
Game drive with other Dutch couple
Ruaha national park
Rainbow adding a festive edge to the wilderness
Ruaha national park
Impala and large Kudu
Bird of prey
Something is moving...
Sausage tree
Dry river bed
Dikdik antelope
Hyena with prey
Typical game drive sight
Large baobab tree. The hole was made by elephants...
Ruaha overview
Tea break under a baobab tree
Lions in the shade
Hippo Thomas in the puddle next to our cabin
Comfortable ‘banda’ cabin
Greater kudu
Ruaha garden architecture
Nosy giraffe
Enjoying the scenery
Giant birds nest
Lioness with a fresh kill
Waiting for their turn
Sharing the enjoyment
One zebra feeds the whole pack
Golden eagle
Buff-crested bustard
African fish eagle
Afternoon sun over Ruaha
Ruaha river
Calotropis procera
Giant millipede
Hippo surfacing
Pied kingfisher
Marabou stork
Late afternoon in the park
Trotting along
Our banda in the wilderness
Vie on the porch
Simple shower
Simple but comfortable
Getting ready for our fight to Selous
Our plane ready for departure
First wild life in Selous: a martial eagle
...with its prey
First elephant we spotted in the wild
African wild dogs
Mating can last a few days
Lion marking the bushes with his scent to indicate that he is in charge here.
Giraffe family
Our luxurious tent in Selous
Martial eagle
Buffalo and hartebeest
Buffalo, one of the ‘big five’
Von der decken's hornbill
Giraffe in full trot
Vultures on the lookout for prey
Mixed bag
Zebra stampede!
Taking a break between mating sessions
Signs of the wild
Nice kip
Snoring as well
Time off between game drives
Visitor in the garden...
Aroused elephant visiting our camp
Vie and Kandindi, our captain
King croc
Young waterbuck
Loving those ears!
Taking a shower outdoors is pure delight
New Year's Eve
Askari (Masai people) dance performance
In conversation with Sandra who runs the camp
Dinner around the pool
New Year's dip in the pool
Selous game reserve is lovely
Young baboon
Scruffy vulture
When giraffe drink, they are vulnerable. That's why you mostly see them in groups around drinking basins.
Large heron
Jackson and some lions.
Lions can best be approached in a car since they don't see cars as a threat.
Lions have been hunted by humans on foot for thousands of years.
They have seen and heard cars in the wilderness only for about 100 years and have never been hunted from cars.
Cool lioness closeup
Southern carmine bee-eater
Newborn dwarf mongoose
Our bush guide Andrew had never seen one this young.
Fly camping with Andrew, Sakafi, and a big gun for security.
An unforgettable experience
Dinner for two in the bush
Our tent under the African skies
Skull of a hippo
Vie and our guides, full of beautiful and interesting stories.
Wrestling with a lower jaw
Buffalo stampede!
Lunch on the porch of our tent
Leopard spotting
These are very shy animals so very hard to capture on camera.
Elephant are a lot easier to frame
Our last sundowner of this safari.
Jerking around with Jackson and Mohammed
Last night in Selous
View from the dining deck
Transfer to Lazy Lagoon Island
Lazy Lagoon
Beauty in the surf
Lazy indeed
Day trip to Bagamoyo
In the 19th century, Bagamoyo was part of the eastern slave trade route
Vie and Sammy, Lazy Lagoon's friendly guard dog.
Fresh fish delivery for the local cook
Final lazy evening
Africa, we'll be back!
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