East Africa 2013

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Welcome to the online account of my travels through Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda in February of 2013. The trip was an experience of a lifetime, and I’m excited to share some of the photos and stories from my travels. Hope you enjoy!


Photo Journal

Stone Town Zanzibar

Stone Town, Zanzibar

The Serengeti

The Serengeti

Ngorongoro & Arusha

Ngorongoro & Arusha

Old World Monkeys

Old World Monkeys

Southwestern Uganda

Southwestern Uganda

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas

 


Coming Home

March 3rd, 2013

Nkuringo Gorillas

March 2nd, 2013

Kahungye Gorillas

March 1st, 2013

Nkuringo

March 1st, 2013

Kisoro Market

February 28th, 2013

Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga

February 28th, 2013

Climbing Mount Sabinyo

February 27th, 2013

Rwanda Genocide Memorial

February 26th, 2013

Black Colobus Monkeys in Arusha

February 25th, 2013

Ngorongoro Crater

February 24th, 2013

Olduvai Gorge

February 23rd, 2013

Under African Skies

February 22nd, 2013

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The Serengeti

February 21st, 2013

Red Colobus Monkeys in Jozani

February 19th, 2013

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park


Stone Town

February 18th, 2013

Stone Town is the vibrant cultural heart of Zanzibar. Swahili culture is a complex mix of Bantu, Arab, Indian and other influences, and Stone Town is a great place to take it all in. It is a very historic town with crooked, narrow … Continue reading


The Slave Trade

February 18th, 2013

Zanzibar and its ports served as a major center for the slave market between Africa and Asia, particularly the Middle East. Slave traders would bargain with local chiefs exchanging guns, beads and cloth for ivory and humans. Militarized tribes would … Continue reading


Spice Tour

February 18th, 2013

Zanzibar, together with the Mafia Island, is often referred to as the Spice Islands. Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper are among the many spices they are commonly cultivated in the archipelago.   Though heavily visited by tourists, I definitely … Continue reading


Sauti za Busara and a friend named Sami

February 17th, 2013

While I was setting up a spice tour in Zanzibar, I met a very friendly guy named Samir, who goes by Sami. I told him I had just arrived to the continent of Africa (literally that day), and he invited … Continue reading


Arriving in Zanzibar

February 17th, 2013

My first stop was Zanzibar. Stone Town. The capital of the Spice Islands. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, although the proud local residents would have you believe they are fully autonomous. I took a small puddle jumper from Dar es Salaam … Continue reading


Sisay’s Story

February 15th, 2013

I knew it would be a rewarding trip as soon as I arrived at the gate of my Ethiopian Airlines flight at Washington Dulles International Airport. The gate attendant was clearly much more at ease making the flight announcements in Amharic than … Continue reading


The Itinerary

February 15th, 2013

The trip started with a few days in Zanzibar exploring Stone Town and Jozani National Park. I then flew to Arusha, which  served as a jump-off spot for safaris in Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Arusha National Park. Next I … Continue reading



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