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    Day 1

    Day 01 - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - Flight - Denver to Detroit to Amsterdam, Netherlands

    On the road and in the friendly skies again! Packing our bags for the Safari was interesting – it will be very warm during the day and cold at night in the African Bush....

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    Day 02 - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - Flight - Amsterdam to Nairobi, Kenya

    Just as the sun was setting on Detroit we took off and headed north and east along the Canadian coast and out over the pitch black ocean. Our seats on the Airbus A330 were 38 A...

    Day 3

    Day 03 - Thursday, September 17, 2009 - Nairobi, Kenya – Orientation Walk/Pre-Trip Join/Karen Blixen Museum/Giraffe Center/Bead Factory

    What a difference a good night’s sleep makes! Although our bodies are still on Colorado time, we were able to sleep until 7:30, trying to establish a routine so we do not...

    Day 4

    Day 04 - Friday, September 18, 2008 - Nairobi/Lake Naivasha/Crescent Island Sanctuary/Elsamere Conservation Centre

    Today was overcast and a bit cooler; it was 69º and 78% humidity. There was some confusion with the bills and checking out so we were not able to get out at 8:00 as planned.

    It...

    Day 5

    Day 05 - Saturday, September 19, 2009 – Lake Naivasha/ Lake Nakuru National Park

    We were awake and showered before our 6:00 wake up call came at 6:05. It was a knock on the door by a porter going around to each of our rooms.

    Because we are only 20...

    Day 6

    Day 06 - Sunday, September 20, 2009 - Lake Naivasha/ Overland to Amboseli National Park/ "A Day in the Life" of a Kenyan School

    There was no wake up call at 6:30 as promised, but we were up and ready to go at 6:15. The porters were there to collect...

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    Day 07 - Monday, September 21, 2009 - Amboseli National Park/Game Drive/Afternoon At Leisure

    A very quiet little voice came to our tent this morning at 5:45 to wake us up. I took weather reading and found it to 62º and 69% humidity.

    We quickly showered and got dressed so...

    Day 8

    Day 08 - Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - Amboseli/Overland to Tarangire National Park

    Our wake-up voice was outside of our door at 5:45 this morning. We began with breakfast and Barikiel and Leonard had the trucks packed so we could leave at 7:30.

    It was going to be a hot...

    Day 9

    Day 09 - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - Tarangire National Park/Game Drives

    With all of our tent flaps open we had a nice breeze off of the lake and we both slept well last night. I was out on the veranda talking photos of the sunrise when Gennie woke up...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Thursday, September 24, 2009 - Tarangire/Overland to Ngorongoro Foothills via Mto Wa Mbu/Village Visit

    The sunrise was a beautiful shade of pink this morning when we woke up and heard the birds chirping. We were all happy to have another beautiful day!

    We were both up and...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Friday, September 25, 2009 - Ngorongoro Foothills/Lake Manyara National Park/Game Drive

    When we woke up this morning at 6:30 it was 58º with 78% humidity. This farm is situated on an old coffee plantation with rolling hills and because of the altitude, almost a mile above sea...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Saturday, September 26, 2009 - Ngorongoro Highlands/Walking Tour Farm/Wairaqw Village/Overland to Ngorongoro

    Even though we had a free morning, we woke up at 6:15 and prepared for our day. The temperature was 65º and the humidity was 63%. It almost feels like summer in Colorado!

    As soon...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Sunday, September 27, 2009 - Ngorongoro Crater/Game Viewing

    The light was just peeking over the rim of the caldera when we woke up at 6:00. The valley below our room was unbelievably clear and up on the rim it was not foggy as it usually is. We...

    Day 14

    Day 14 - Monday, September 28, 2009 - Ngorongoro Crater/ Overland to Serengeti National Park/Oldupai Gorge Visit

    Today was a travel day; we drove into the Serengeti after leaving Ngorongoro crater. After breakfast the guys packed the trucks and we left the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge at 8:00.

    Right outside the...

    Day 15

    Day 15 - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - Serengeti National Park/Optional Dawn Balloon Ride/Game Viewing

    The first sound we heard this morning was at 5:45 when the porter came to bring us hot water for our shower. With the wind blowing and temperatures at 58º and 68% humidity, it was...

    Day 16

    Day 16 - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - Serengeti National Park/Game Viewing

    This morning’s wake up call was an elephant trumpeting in the trees behind our tent! Gennie heard them during the night and worried because we did not have an emergency evacuation plan – old principals always think about...

    Day 17

    Day 17 - Thursday, October 1, 2009 - Serengeti National Park/Game Viewing

    The zebra and wildebeest were munching and crunching along the side of our tent during the night. We knew there was no danger as I had spoken to one of the guards who all carry AK-47s to protect...

    Day 18

    Day 18 - Friday, October 2, 2009 - Serengeti National Park/Fly to Arusha/Overland to Nairobi, Kenya to Begin Trip Extension to Victoria Falls

    This was our last day of the Kenya and Tanzania portion of the trip. It was the last day in a tented camp – and our last...

    Day 19

    Personal Evaluation of Overseas Adventure Travel -- The Best of Kenya & Tanzania

    Superb 25 Days but "A Trip Through Hell for 12 Hours"

    Let me preface by saying this was one of the best of the 16 trips we have had with OAT. Even the 41 hour flight schedule...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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