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    African Safari

    So, I'm heading off to Tanzania this summer to go on a safari.

    My grandfather was stationed around there with the British army during WWII and that's where my mother was born. She's about to turn 80, so she's organized a family trip to have us all go over and see where she grew up. We're travelling around a few safari parks for a week and then going to a city called Dar Es Salaam (simply called "Dar" by PLUBs), which is the city on the Indian Ocean where they were at.

    Never been to Africa before, so I'm really looking forward to it. My ten year old is convinced that he's going to die either from malaria or being eaten by a cheetah, though.

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    Which airline(s) are you flying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    So, I'm heading off to Tanzania this summer to go on a safari.

    My grandfather was stationed around there with the British army during WWII and that's where my mother was born. She's about to turn 80, so she's organized a family trip to have us all go over and see where she grew up. We're travelling around a few safari parks for a week and then going to a city called Dar Es Salaam (simply called "Dar" by PLUBs), which is the city on the Indian Ocean where they were at.

    Never been to Africa before, so I'm really looking forward to it. My ten year old is convinced that he's going to die either from malaria or being eaten by a cheetah, though.
    Tell him he needn't worry. The lions or the Dengue Fever will get him before the Malaria or the cheetahs do.

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    I don't know where all you are going but if you get in the area Ngorongoro crater is well worth seeing.

    As for being eaten by the big cats: A lion watched our driver reattach our wheel. We had someone from the park along who was armed but with an awfully light gun for dealing with a lion. The only actual wildlife problem we had was the monkeys. Our vehicle had a canvas top. They know how to untie knots, although when one of the bigger guys went through and retied them as tight as he could it stopped them. A 24/7 guard was needed when we were camped and despite that they made off with a loaf of bread.

    The canvas was considered adequate protection from the cats because they couldn't see what was behind it.

    Also, I consider Mt. Kilimanjaro well worth doing for those who can handle it. It's a long trek with a lot of altitude but it's not actually that hard otherwise. (I haven't seen a rating for it, I would evaluate it as class 2 hike for those of you who know what that means. That was 35 years ago when there was an awful lot more snow and ice on it, the situation could have changed.)

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    That sounds exciting. Hope it's fun and stay safe.

    Oh, and don't forget to think about the things people often neglect to tell others to think about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lion IRC View Post
    Which airline(s) are you flying?
    KLM. So, we fly out of Amsterdam, which is cool. I've never been there either and I'm looking forward to spending a day in that city on the way.

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    I am sure you must be had an exciting journey over there. Had worth time of my reading through this post you made before your travel time. It inspired me to plan a tour there once things will be settled down there.

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