Monday, June 29, 2015

African Animals

A sample of some of the animals we saw In Kenya and Tanzania.  We visited 3 National Parks: The Masai Mara in Kenya and The Serengeti and Ngorogoro, both in Tanzania.

The best wildlife I saw was the migration of the Wildebeest.  They travel East to West across Tanzania and Kenya seeking water in the dry season.

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Giraffes crossing the road....


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Lions - they could really care less about us being there.  Definitely kings of the jungle...


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Cheetah - only saw one


Leopard - hard to get a good picture....



Elephants







Cape Buffalo






Monkeys



Hippos - I couldn't get over how big these were...






Topi


Zebras - I learned they stand facing opposite directions so that their tails keep the flies away from the opposite's face.  It also serves to keep a watch for predators. 



Warthog


Hyena


Ostrich


African Nonsense

Here is a sample of nonsense I saw on a recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania.  



My new church, "Jesus Winner Ministry."


Kenyan traffics jams,...




This is a border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania.  My pictures are poor, but it was a mass of humanity.


These guys were changing out the gas tank on a bus...in the middle of the Serengeti.  Plenty of lions and other large animals nearby. 


Notice the rocks supporting the bus.

Homemade checker board with bottle caps.

Bathroom sign in Tanzania...



Many security guards in Kenya and Tanzania worked for this "KK Security."  Wonder if a teenage girl named the company via text message.  


Mailbox in Tanzania...


Old school scales at the Zanzibar airport...



















Not allowed through security in Zanzibar...interesting because Zanzibar is 85% Muslim.





Scaffolding inside an Anglican Church.  My photography is not great, but there was wall to wall scaffolding in there.  Love that it is tree branches and rope.





Street art in Kenya...


Not sure what this means....


All of the taxis have great decorations and phrases plastered on them.  I caught this one with the camera but missed a Snoop Dawg taxi and a Floyd Mayweather "The Money Team" taxi. 


I am going to get around to repairing that old truck soon...


Shops...lots of Coca-Cola signs everywhere. 


This is Nutmeg...who knew?


This is the fish market in Stone Town, Zanzibar.  It smelled about as good as it looks.  But very interesting and busy place.






Bikes parked in the market...


Charcoal for sale...


Some architecture in Stone Town, Zanzibar. 






Zanzibar was home to the last operational slave market.  They auctioned slaves until 1876.  



This is a basement where as many as 50 slaves were held for days leading up to auction. 



These are original slave shackles on display around some statues. 


Aforementioned Anglican Church (scaffolding) that is on the site of the former slave market. 



Offering box in the church...


Sewer cover - bragging about a German sponsored flood/water project


Arabic school (madrassa):


Africa is full of funny uses of the English language.  One of my favorites is calling a hair salon a "saloon."  This one is particularly ironic as it is in Zanzibar - 85% Muslim.  I told a local guy that a saloon is where you buy alcohol and he thought is was hilarious. 


Zanzibar has a large number of old ornate doors.  Some are Arabic, some are Indian and some are African in design.  


Check out graffiti - somewhat sad, yet funny too. "The whole world is a crock of shit."




More scaffolding...an obsession..



A cool hand-bike...


Interesting mailboxes...


Not sure what this means...


Group of girls, I think Indian.  Many Indian shopkeepers in Kenya and Tanzania.  By "many," I mean a ton. 


More Stonetown architecture...







So I learned that Freddy Mercury of Queen was born in Zanzibar.  Here is the Freddie Mercury house...



The sun had gotten to this once nice display of Freddy Mercury articles..



 More Stone Town history...







Some cool, lonely boats in the Indian Ocean....





Nice outboards on this boat.  Odd.



Not sure what this is for, but I found it interesting.  A long way from Lebanon.