Tanzania Day 8 July 5

We woke up the morning of our final day to elephants grazing right outside of our tents, and a wildebeest stampede (5000 plus) fifty feet into the bush, and finally, a family of hippos at the watering hole. We could hear the hippos every night after dinner.

As we finished lunch before our final drive back to Lobo airstrip this Red-Headed Rock Agama decided to show off, doing pushups on the dining room deck.

Our flight to Arusha was about 50 minutes and took us over an active volcano (fortunately, it was not erupting at the time). We had an hour or so to freshen up at the Arusha Coffee Lodge before heading to the Kilimanjaro (JRO) airport for our journey home. Thank goodness the next 36 hours were fairly uneventful. The six of us departed company at Schiphol – Kate and Dan headed to Atlanta and then home to Nashville, Bryan and Josh headed to Paris and then home to Minneapolis, and Mary and I flew to Seattle on our way to Sacramento and then home. Everyone arrived home safely filled with thousands of images and experiences seared into our memories forever.

I’ll never forget how warm and welcoming the people of Tanzania were. They have a beautiful country. It certainly was the trip and adventure of a lifetime.

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