We made it to Africa on Monday after hour half-day layover in chilly London but had a few mishaps along the way--namely delayed luggage (we finally have 2 of our 3 checked bags from SFO as of Friday), a cell phone that doesn't work internationally as it should have, and other stupid stuff.

Hippo Pond in Lake Manyara National Park

The good news is that the trip has been otherwise fantastic so far. We have a great guide (just him and the two of us in a Land Cruiser) that's helped us to see *lots* of amazing animals and scenery. It's going to take a long time to go through the thousands of pictures we're taking and dozens of short video clips.

Sunrise over Lake Manyara

We have just another two days in Tanzania before we had back to Kenya for our Safari there. The lodges we've been staying at are better than either of us had expected. They have great food, amazing views, and very friendly people--not to mention gift shops where we've been able to buy a few of the essentials that were trapped in our checked bags.

We'll write more when we get a chance...

Posted by jzawodn at December 29, 2007 10:04 AM

Reader Comments
# Ryan Kennedy said:

Must. Contain. Jealousy.


on December 29, 2007 11:39 AM
# Danny Gumport said:

Lions and Tigers and Bears (are there bears in africa?), oh my!

Have a great trip!

on December 29, 2007 11:47 AM
# Sylvia said:

VERY jealous! Have you managed to get a plane there at all? We've been trying to sort something remotely for a trip next month and hitting brick walls.

on December 29, 2007 03:03 PM
# John Vanhara said:

Looks great! Have a great time. Post more pictures:-)))

on December 29, 2007 10:00 PM
# Mario said:

Posting from Rome. Just a note that there are airport worker strikes scheduled in London for 7 January, and other dates possible. Lucky for me I fly home Sunday 6 January. I hope youre lucky too, but I thought I should warn you to look out. Happy 2008!

on December 30, 2007 01:04 PM
# ranjith said:

Hope you had abaondoned your plans to kenya. Things there looks pretty bad. Hope you are doing great otherwise

on December 31, 2007 11:25 AM
# optional said:

blogging from Africa - that is really cool

on December 31, 2007 04:52 PM
# kg said:

Looks and sounds (minus the luggage issue) fantastic!!!

What a great way to start off 2008! :D

Hope your whole trip exceeds all expectations. Planning to fly in a tail dragger over the Veldt?

Containing jealousy - FAIL here, too.

Happy New Year's!

on January 1, 2008 01:27 PM
# Jazz Bar Los Angeles said:

African safari! talk about the experience of a life time WOW !
This trip (I'm sure) will be remembered all your lives !
I hope there comes a time (sooner than later) that I could take such a trip!
I'm going to watch a movie on africa tonight and dream of myself being there! James

on January 2, 2008 06:34 PM
# Rick Walter said:

Congrat's on commiting matrimony. I hope you two are safe and sound given what's been going on in Kenya according to news reports.

on January 3, 2008 05:20 AM
# BillyG said:

I had a friend that visited that continent a few years back and had all her luggage/gifts stolen (not sure which country specifically), so be careful about that (if you aren't back already).

I always go there astially through Discovery, etc. so congrats for you & yours.

on January 10, 2008 08:10 AM
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