Author Archives: Michael

Detailed Trip Report, Tips and Recommendations

We just returned from our fantastic trip to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. My wife and I, along with our 2 boys (18 and 16), had a truly wonderful trip and we are already missing the animals and landscape. I’ve been thinking: Is Swahili that difficult to learn and can I find a job there? Although we do a considerable amount of adventure photography (our last trip was underwater photography of whale sharks), I’ve never been out of the Western Hemisphere, so I was somewhat …

Census Indicates Massive Elephant Shift From Kenya To Tanzania

A wildlife census conducted in the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania and the Maasai-Mara Game Reserve in Kenya indicates that many elephants in the eco-system are rapidly moving southward from Kenya to Tanzania. The Trans-boundary Serengeti-Mara Census conducted by the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) in conjunction with the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) was specifically concentrated in tallying the number of elephants and buffaloes within the 32,000 square kilometers encompassing the World’s largest eco-system. “The census results show that there has …

More Americans Visiting Tanzania Then Ever – The Oprah Effect?

Exciting news was announced this week in Tanzania with regards to tourist arrivals from the United States. There was a 7 percent increase in tourists arriving into Tanzania from the United States from 2012 (65,110 American tourists) to 2013 (69,671 American tourists). America is now Tanzania’s second largest source of tourism. Natural Resources and Tourism minister Lazaro S. Nyalandu, noted: “The increase in tourism is due to several factors; the increased flights from the U.S., the greatly improved infrastructure, and Tanzania’s new luxury accommodations which have …