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The Great Migration

In Tanzania in February/March, millions of Wildebeest migrate to have their babies.  They follow the rains to the Southern Serengeti to feast on special grasses, rich in nutrition.

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The predators are well aware of this and follow the migration.  The cheetah was awakened from a nap by wildebeest running by – food!

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This cheetah is hungry and has a hungry little one to feed.  I’ve seen 2 cheetahs take down a calf, but this one is going alone to get an adult!

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Defeated, time to look for something smaller.
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She leaves her little one behind for another chase and gets lucky.

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She carries the kill along while trying to reunite with the little one but can’t find the kitten.

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Unheard of for fear of losing it, she puts the kill down and calls and calls while searching.  Finally reunited, they look for a safe place to enjoy their meal.

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Looks good, time to eat.
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They take turns eating while the other one guards.
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We were all worried that the little one was lost.  It was stressful. They were miles apart from each other. We stood watch over the kill until they came back.  We all cheered when we saw them.

Link to our Tanzania Photography Safari, timed to intersect with the “birthing” of a million baby wildebeest and a host of predators!

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N’Giresi Village, Tanzania

The local village of the Wa Arusha tribe are cousins of the Maasai, but unlike the Maasai, are a farming community. We offer a visit to this village as a pre-tour for our Tanzania Adventures.  This time, I went with Kristie and we had a great experience.  This is not a show, this is real village life.

We walked several miles through the village through banana and coffee plantations. These ladies walked uphill about 3 miles from the market with heavy loads on their heads.  And we were tired from carrying our camera bags?
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We visited a traditional healer and she showed us her collection of medicinal plants. It was very dark, only an open door. I asked her to hold up the pretty plant into the light and caught some light on her face too.

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The healer’s house with a pile of cornhusks.
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Drying the corn.
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Lunchtime for the goats.
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We asked for a demonstration of how to process the coffee beans (the coffee they served us was amazing)

Shelling coffee beans.
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Tossing the beans into the air for the shells to fly off. The shells are light skins and she assists by blowing them as she tosses.
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Then they are dropped into the roaster. She stirred them over the fire until roasted just perfectly. We could see why this coffee was so great. Everything is done on the farm.
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Many people like to search for the chameleon while walking down this road. 
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It was Saturday but some of the village children were in school.  Others were not. I’m not sure how the system works.  When we approached the doorway, the noisy kids milling about all went to their seats and looked like model students.

Listening intently to the teacher. Then they sang us a song.
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Kristie really loved the children. See her quote below.
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“These kiddos stole my heart from the very first.  How I wish I could be in Tanzania today.  Something in my soul is telling me to get back there as quickly as I can. I miss the people, the animals, the landscapes and the rhythm of life”. She posted this on facebook and I asked permission to copy it here.  Kristie is right on with everything she said.  We have many friends in Tanzania and look forward to every visit. When I go back to this village, I will bring a print for the healer.  She was amazed to see her photo on the back of the camera.  I’ve emailed the guide so he can show her but they love getting prints. Everyone appreciates our visits and the few dollars we bring to the community.

Consider joining us on a Tanzania adventure in the future and we will introduce you to the people, the animals, the landscape.

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