My wife Bonnie and I took a trip to Ethiopia, Kenya, Rome and Paris in Oct/Nov 2002. We spent about a week in Ethiopia with a group of Rotarians on a trip to vaccinate children against polio. We spent several days working in small clinics giving oral polio vaccines to hundreds of children every day.
After that part of the trip, we went to the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya and stayed in a rustic lodge for three days and went on two photos safaris every day (first morning light and late afternoon). After that is was off to Rome for a day and then Paris for a week and then home. It was the trip of a lifetime to say the least.
The river in some of the photos is the famous "Mara" river where the annual migration of millions of wildebeest takes place. We were too late for that, but I'd love to see that some day. When we went down to the river to see the hippos, armed guards accompany you as they are very dangerous and territorial animals. Did you know more people are killed by hippos than any other wild animal? The bad news is they typically pull you under water and drown you. The good news is, unlike lions, they don't eat you afterwards as they are herbivores. At least there is some small comfort in that ;-)
Other than the hippo photos where we were allowed to hike around, all the other photos were taken standing up on the seats in Toyota minivans with "pop-tops" to allow great photo taking.
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