Camel Safari in Jaisalmer

Camel Safari in Jaisalmer

Camel Safari in Jaisalmer For many people (myself included), the main draw for Jaisalmer is its proximity to the Thar Desert.  Located in Northwestern India in the state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer (and the Thar Desert), is not too far away from the Pakistan border, although there aren’t any border crossings located nearby. I had plans to meet up with Andy (U.K), and Sebastian (Colombia), whom I shared a taxi with from Udaipur to Jodhpur, and whom later helped me out when I was sick in Jodhpur and made a trip…

Overlanding Africa: The Pros and Cons

Overlanding Africa: The Pros and Cons

For those of you who did not know, I participated in a 3 week overland trip (commonly referred to as “overlanding  Africa”) from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to Johannesburg South Africa, with the company, Africa Travel Co, or ATC for short (website link here).  Overland trips are extremely popular in Africa, due to the extreme rural areas, large distance between national parks/areas of interest and a somewhat undeveloped tourist infrastructure.  Combined with the mainly outdoor/adventure activities and beautiful scenery for camping, they are a good option.  Some other popular companies…

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

Boat Cruise (Elephant Cruise) Our first activity at Chobe National Park was a cruise on the Chobe River.  The Chobe River acts as a border between Botswana and Namibia.  Our boat was very small, about the size of a pontoon boat, holding 7 people plus the captain.  Because it was mid-afternoon and the hottest part of the day, we didn’t think we’d see too many animals.  How wrong we would turn out to be… The first part of the cruise we did not many animals, mainly a pod of hippos…

Masai Mara Safari

Masai Mara Safari

Masai Mara While I was in Nairobi, I had the opportunity to go on a safari to the Masai Mara.  The Masai Mara is connected to the Serengeti and is the side of the park that lies within Kenya’s borders.  The animals are able to move freely throughout the two parks.  As I had such a good experience in the Serengeti, and had heard good things about the Mara, I elected to do a 3 day trip to there. It took us about 6 hours to get there from Nairobi,…

Spending Thanksgiving with the Gorillas- Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Spending Thanksgiving with the Gorillas- Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda My time volunteering in Arusha came to a close right before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  After a day back in Arusha to gather my things and rest a bit, it was time to begin the next leg of my journey-travelling through Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and back to Tanzania to the island of Zanzibar.  I was lucky enough to be travelling with 2 other volunteers, Nacho and Laura from Chile.  Their volunteering stint ended with mine, and they had a similar route in mind, with gorilla trekking in…

Ngorongoro Crater – Safari Part II

Ngorongoro Crater – Safari Part II

After leaving the Serengeti, we headed to our campsite for the last night, at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.  The Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the world’s largest unfilled volcanic crater.  At a depth of over 600 meters, the crater acts as its own ecosystem, with a majority of the wildlife living their entire lifespan inside the crater without venturing out. The temperature at the rim of the crater was remarkably cooler than the flatlands of the Serengeti, and I found myself bundling up to keep…

Safari-Lake Manyara and the Serengeti

Safari-Lake Manyara and the Serengeti

I’ve had a busy last few weeks and haven’t had a chance to blog, so here is a belated post about the safari to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater I went on a few weeks ago. Myself and 9 of the other volunteers went on a four day/three night safari to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.  It truly was a memorable experience. Lake Manyara Lake Manyara was our first stop on our safari.  We left Arusha around 8am, driving for about four hours.  The drive…