Medicine Trees – Tanzania

As we walk through the Mosquito River Village our guide Sunday points out the Muiri Tree, locally known as the Medicine Tree and also named Red Stinkwood in Kenya. The real name is Prunus Africana. Liquid extracts from bark are used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate gland hypertrophy. Leaves are used […]

Mosquito River-Tanzania

Part 1 The word Mto wa Mbu literally means “Mosquito River“. We visited here on our return to Arusha. Leaving the lands that are plagued by drought behind, Mosquito River looks like a desert. Not so however, as this area gets its name from the large number of mosquitos that breed here and sadly the […]

Monochrome Monday

We visited here in 2018. Formerly known as Edo castle, it was renamed Tokei-jo or Tokyo Castle. One of the most amazing things about the Imperial Palace is its sheer size of its parks and greens. Surrounded by a water-filled moat and tree-covered grounds that birth cherry blossoms in spring, it’s a taste of nature right […]

Ngorongoro- Day 2

The Serena Lodge is even more beautiful and luxurious than we imagined. A wonderful bar off the lobby with leather chairs it is first class all the way. We are met at the entrance with trays of hot damp towels and cool exotic drinks. Rooms are arranged in round chalets with thatched roofs ( Maasai […]

FOTD-February 10 – Orchids

Amazing orchids we saw in Hong Kong Botanical Gardens. Greenhouse with exhibits of tropical flora such as orchids, bromeliads & carnivorous plants. This is a fun way to enter photos of flowers .Here is a link to Cee’s Flower of the Day photo challenge. FOTD page

Welcome to the Serengeti

We enter the Serengeti and see some Coke’s Hartebeest. The one upfront is winking at me. Other than that, not much else. We are starting to worry that we won’t see many animals during this extremely dry season. Now…excitement soon returned. We spot two photogenic cheetah near the road way. Our guide tells us they […]

Goodbye to my Baby Maxie

Maxie was a Rescue Puppy from Goose Bay, Labrador. She was intelligent and maybe smarter than me. When we walk the trails she holds me back sniffing and seeing birds and animals near her. She an instinct in her to hunt, as wild animals do. When our lunch is finished, we always have a cookie […]

Oldupai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater

Oldupai Gorge This gorge is  a steep-sided ravine about 30 miles long, in the Rift Valley. The  Oldupai Gorge is commonly referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.” This is site was made famous largely by the work started in the 1930’s by Louis and Mary Leakey. It is one of the most important prehistoric […]

Arusha, Tanzania

The Ilboru Safari Lodge – Located about 4 km from the city center, a nice quiet retreat and just what we needed after our long trip. Our room has lots of wonderful wood, a comfortable tented king size bed and a hot shower. We realized it is locally owned and has a real Tanzania atmosphere. […]

Landing in Nairobi

September 2009 We were excited of finally landing in Kenya. Oh, but what a grueling journey it was. We spent a total of 34 hours landing first in New York, then Amsterdam and finally Nairobi. There were long lineups at the Nairobi airport to get Visas but thankfully we finally realized we could go to […]

On Our Way to Johannesburg from Rome

September 3rd, 2014 We woke up at 8AM. After breakfast at our hotel we had to repack and get ready for our long journey to South Africa. Rome to London to Johannesburg with British Air. We checked out of our hotel at 11AM. We drag our bags along the bumpy stoned streets and  sidewalks to […]