Thursday, March 8, 2012



We enjoyed a day at the Mikumi National Park and Animal Reserve, Southwest of Dar es Salaam. We were fortunate to find the park full of animals that day. What an exceptional experience to visit all these amazing creatures in the wild, and to do it with our dear Anna & Greg was remarkable!

Greg & Anna in a field of Giraffes

                                        The Giraffe is the national symbol of Tanzania. "Twiga" is Swahili for Giraffe.

Papa, Mama and Baby Warthogs
A face only a mother could love.
We saw many herds of Zebra.
They seem as interested in us as we were in them.

Here is a large Hippo Pond covered with water hyacinths. There are at least a dozen Hippos in there trying to stay cool.

Can you count 4 Hippos?
We were looking for Crocs around the Hippo Pond, then on the other side of the road Greg spotted one.  Can you find him...down and a little to the left of the middle? Great camouflage!

A little closer (we are safe in our car, by the way). Greg reminded us of the great talk "Spiritual Crocodiles" by Boyd K. Packer.
Up close and personal, thanks to the safety of a telephoto lens.
Small group of beautiful female Impalas
Elegant male Impala watching over his herd of females.
Mama and baby last to cross the road with a small herd of elephants right in front of us.

After they crossed we were following their movements and noticed Mama not approving of our attention.

When an elephant flares their ears at you and trumpets a warning roar, it's time to move on quickly.

She wasn't kidding.
And so we moved on quickly. Bye, bye Mama!

Cape Buffalo and Marabou Stork
Grabbing a bite after an extraordinary day enjoying Africa's natural beauties before we leave Mikumi.
A day together we will never forget! Thank you so much for coming, Anna and Greg!!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE these pictures with your new camera. Gorgeous! The animals were so beautiful and mighty. Love you so much and miss you tons!



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