Pulse of the Earth
Tanzania’s National Parks
Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Ndutu, Arusha, Lake Manyara … Mystery, wonder, awe … Spellbinding wildlife, scenic splendor, the spirit of beautiful native culture, the shade of an acacia tree at noon, campfires under starry skies at night. From the first warm breeze across our faces as we set foot on the rich African soil, to the magnificent sunset timed perfectly for our departure, the 16 days of this epic photo safari went by all too fast. For nine avid nature photographers and me, this was a “journey of a lifetime,” as one participant noted. A couple remarked how the trip gave them a new perspective on what matters in life, and how they’d left a piece of themselves behind.
It’s the best of what east Africa has to offer, an adventurous immersion into the “pulse of the earth.” For here, as perhaps nowhere else on the planet, you literally become a part of nature’s rhythms, the flow of life itself. It takes little imagination to feel as if the dawn of humanity is still happening, right here. After many years travelling around the world, and 10 years returning to Tanzania, I admit it’s not only my personal favorite, but my favorite place to share with others. Year after year, tour guests are filled with memories, stories, accolades, and wanderlust. They find the tent camps in the Serengeti almost luxurious, the wildlife beyond belief, and the magic of the place contagious.
Modern human history is rich, colorful and beautiful. The Maasai have shared this land for hundreds of years, living in harmony with nature’s delicate rhythms. With a lifestyle that depends on cattle and their world-renowned beadwork, these tall, proud people are charming to be around. I bring gifts each year – school and fun supplies for all the children, and this year, rechargeable headlamps for all the adults. This “gift of light” opens new possibility for them, and aids in their safety against nighttime predators. I left so fulfilled.