Wow, after many months of planning, our departure day is almost upon us! I only wish I had visited the Forum long before now as your postings and FAQs would have reassured me and guided me long ago. I am more pleased than ever with our Itin and the time being spent at each spot (Tarangire, Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and returning to Tarangire for a few days at Kikoti). Your postings have been affirmation of that!
What I have learned from you is that Tanzania WILL leave its mark on my heart. Personally, I know it will as I have dreamed of this day since I was about 7 and watched something on TV (black & white back then) when I saw this marvelous man and his wife discover bones in the dirt (at which time I told "Mommy" that that is what I want to do when I grow up ... and I proceeded to write a letter to Dr. Leakey and his wife telling them just that!) Unsure if that letter was ever mailed and life did not take me in that direction/career (most unfortunately) but Tanzania has already been in my heart for a VERY long time! I know one posting said Olduvai Gorge is a bit of a waste of time, but for me it will be a visit to a place of my dreams and my eyes tear at just the thought of it! I know the building will be small and the relics and discoveries disbursed to placed where they most probably don't "belong" but I am so excited about the thought of just being there and touching the dirt where Dr. Leakey and his wife discovered such wonderful things! Although life did not take me in the career direction of choice, I/we have managed to visit many wonderful sites and ruins and I look forward to adding Tanzania and Olduvai Gorge to that list.
I would like to say a special Assante sana to Karl, 4sandi, mfuwe, Quiltingmama, IAB, and noexpert for their advice and postings. Annamzb recent report and photos were very much enjoyed and I detect a "character" out there by the name of Achnab! What an interesting evening it would be if this group could get together and share stories and experiences in person and Achnab I would be happy to buy you a Kili, Maisha marefu!
Karl (et al) I do have a last minute question. I am considering going vegetarian whilst in Tanzania (peeled and well cooked of course). Do you think that would lessen the chances of any tummy problems? Although tummy stuff has never kept me "down" it has "accompanied" me on several locations (Hawaii which shocked me, Mexico every time, Peru which was just weight loss - elevation and that very challenging hike I suspect!) and not bothered at all in the Peruvian Amazon (which also shocked me)! Your advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you all, again. I look forward to sharing my/our adventure with you upon return!
All the very best and