Our Family Trip to Tanzania 2019

Its been exactly 9 years since we had our first trip to this beautiful country as a newly married couple. Here we are 2 kids in, a better camera and what seems like a lifetime apart our second time going back as a family. I totally thought I would take a million gallizion photos and I just didn’t. To be honest, most days I was tired, we were busy and when it wasn’t all of that I was enjoying my family and surroundings. But here’s a few I put together hope you enjoy. And funny enough I think I made it into about 3 photos.

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Tanzania, you may ask, where is this country you speak of and what brought you guys there? Well! Tanzania is located in East Africa on the beautiful shores of the Indian Ocean. And my wonderful husband was born there. With most of his family still living there. Its beautiful, its wild and to answer the most asked question i get, its safe! You have the endless national parks to explore who house all the big game, Mount Kilimanjaro ( the highest mountain in Africa) the island of Zanzibar which is sometimes called the spice island because it produces, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper ( it also produced Freddie Mercury) and the list goes on.

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It takes forever…

to get there. But when you do…

Coming from the freezing North we were adamant about spending the beginning of our trip lounging on the warm shores of Dar and then a few days in Zanzibar. We swam everyday in the ocean, snacked on fresh mangos ,visited family and spent far too much time driving around looking for ice cream.

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We did the beach

thing for awhile.

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Ruaha

largest National Park in Tanzania.

Then we drove and we drove and we drove, to a magical place called Ruaha. Which is actually the largest park and the least visited in East Africa. We slept in the park! But we were not prepared to do this and it was all kinda a bit of a accident and it was one of the scariest nights of all of our lives, but one of the highlights looking back. The kids had no idea it was not all planned and slept fine. The next day we did there safari I was too tired and emotionally exhausted and didn’t take many photos. BUT, the night we arrived I did have a moment where I looked up at the sky and I kid you not it was like the scene from lion king with all the stars sparkling down at us. It was magic!

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Road tripping

we continued on..

Finally, arrived to mums house where we spend the remainder of our trip in Mbeya. Its much cooler here surrounded my mountains, lakes and banana trees! The boys spent their days playing soccer and riding bajaji taxis for fun. We attempted a few hikes some of them worked out ( its rain season), visited with family and spent a bit of time in an orphanage playing with the kids. The boys loved waiting for avocados to drop from the trees and tasting the sugar cane on the family’s property.

As I was going through the photos, i noted this one particularly. Here is a photo of Mwita and Jordan walking through a dense canopy of banana trees through the property his mom grew up on, to view the graves of his grandparents. You can see the graves in the far right of the photo, Jordans great-grandparents, whom he never met but shares a middle name with. Generations later this is the very spot, the root, half of their heritage.

As I was going through the photos, i noted this one particularly. Here is a photo of Mwita and Jordan walking through a dense canopy of banana trees through the property his mom grew up on, to view the graves of his grandparents. You can see the graves in the far right of the photo, Jordans great-grandparents, whom he never met but shares a middle name with. Generations later this is the very spot, the root, half of their heritage.

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Then…

back home we went.