Kenya and Tanzania- Long overdue photos…

BY ONEIKA RAYMOND

Destination: Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar during the Christmas break.

Kenya: Two days exploring Nairobi after a harrowing 14 hour flight with a faulty entertainment system. Stayed for two nights in a hotel where we feared getting malaria and slept with mosquito nets on, went to the markets, mentally prepared for what came next.

Tanzania: Started a 7-night camping trip where we had to set up and take down our own tents. Went to the Serengeti and watched a wildebeest migration. Camped on the cusp of the Ngorongoro crater. Celebrated Christmas in a tent as the heavens let loose and launched torrents of heavy rain. Ate camp food and African specialties. Was mistaken for a local. Visited a Maasai village and marvelled at their haunting beauty. Had cold showers. Saw every animal imaginable. Ate more food. Got sick. Lived a little. Laughed a lot. Was thankful to have such an experience.

Zanzibar: 4 days of relaxation on the gorgeous beaches there. Danced a lot. Went on a tour of the spice fields there. Had lots of beach-side massages and long, lazy days at the beach. Survived sketchy internet and frequent power outages. Discovered that Eastern African beach-side sunsets are probably the best I’ve ever seen. Rang in the New Year with a wild full moon party on the beach and a late-night frolick in the Indian Ocean.

Conclusion and realization: I hate camping and love hot showers. It was beautiful to be around people who look just like me and see my face reflected in those of strangers. I am blessed to live this life. Coca-cola cures all stomach troubles. There is no hurry in Africa. Black Africa is more beautiful and diverse than I could have ever imagined. I love long bus rides, excessive humidity and heat, and pitch-black skies.
Africa is unreal.
Can’t wait to go back.






























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64 Comments

  • I cannot express how gratified I am that you posted those pics and spoke of your experience. Watching the pictures had me pensive and reflective. I don't know why but I felt a closeness I have never felt before while viewing photos. I HAVE to get there.
    If you don't mind, what tour group did you use Nikita? I am looking at GAP tours for my next trip and wanted some real experience feedback on tour companies.

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  • Thanks Rhonalala! It was an incredible experience and I have struggled with how to put it into words, which is why I put off posting about it for so long.

    As for the tour, my friend and I went with a British company called Absolute Africa. I know that GAP also runs African tours as well, but I think that Absolute Africa gives the same type of tour for less money.

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  • Oh, Africa … Out of all the places we've visited (thought quite modest compared to you!), Africa is by far our most favourite destination without question. Can't wait to return ourselves. I'm pleased to read that you also had the opportunity to witness the Great Migration – something that one can't really put into words. Since you went to Zanzibar, I'm wondering if you had a chance to tour Stone Town. Seeing the very podium on which slaves stood for auction and the chains that held them together was surreal and hair-raising. Very much enjoying going through your blog…

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  • @Grace: Thanks for reading! Yes, I did have the chance to go to Stonetown and see where the Slave Trade took place.. It was very sobering.

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  • Beautiful. Have been to Egypt, that's the closest I've been. Am rather hesitating, but then again, there's so much I still want to see and experience here on the continent where I've been living, before I start venturing other far away places.

    Is that frenchfries on the buffet?

    Thanks for sharing. Lovely pics!

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  • foosrock!: I would definitely say to go, but yes, I completely understand wanting to discover places that are closer to home first! If I had to do it again, I would have gone for a longer period of time. 2.5 weeks was just not enough! The continent is too huge. I'm thinking of going to South Africa or Botswana or Namibia next. 🙂 And yes, those are fries, although I think that they were yam/sweet potato fries. I can't remember anymore!

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  • This is amazing! I also celebrated this past New Year’s in Zanzibar. I was in Tanzania for five weeks doing a medical elective. It was surreal. As you said, the sunsets/sunrise in Africa was in my top two. Top contender being Amazonia, Brazil. I just wept when I saw the beauty of Africa, especially on top of Ngorongoro Crater. I felt like I was suspended in time and then transported thousands of years ago right in the middle of Eden’s garden. And I had those sentiments days after I was attacked for the first time (and God forbid the last) in all my travels, by 20 men, in a posh area of Dar es Salaam the day after xmas. So, the fact that I didn’t leave the continent right away and had such an incredible experience going on safaris on my bday, Zanzibar for New Year’s (while delivering 11 babies in the city hospital and Masai village to boot) says alot. I would be salty about any other country after being attacked. But the land of Africa was just too beautiful. Still, the corruptedness and violence is out of control.

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  • Really condescending that in most of your Africa trips all you think about is Malaria and how to run away from it.No need for condescending irrational fear as a westerner, no need for weird tales about malaria drugs giving you weird dreams.You dont even have to swallow drugs before symptoms, just use protection and stay in safe sites.No need for comical over reactions while in Africa

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  • Hi There!

    Are you able to tell me which beach you visited in Zanzibar, the beach in your pictures look amazing, doing alot of research and it seems some of the beaches have alot of rock/coral once the tide lowers. Can’t decide which side of the island to stay on. Any recommendations from experience would be appreciated.

    thank you!

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