Lake Manyara National Park, July 2015

In my opinion, out of the different areas and camps we went to in Tanzania, this was my absolute favourite. It was so lush and the animals stood out so nicely against the different backdrops that it was perfect for photography. We also loved the lake and seeing the birds that came with that.

The National Park is most famous for the thousands of flamingos that flock here in the wet season, which we were fortunate enough to see and photograph. My sister is studying photography and is really interested in it so it was a great opportunity for her to get some serious practice in.

400 different species of bird can be found in the park. I’m not sure in three days we saw all 400, but we certainly saw a lot, and a great variety.


Vicky and I weren’t the only cheeky monkeys in Tanzania…


With my sister in the Jeep

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Vicky walking out towards the Lake

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Making friends with long necks


Arusha, July 2015

Aside from my 3 week expedition to Vietnam in 2014 this is the most I had been excited for a holiday. It culminated everything I look for in a holiday – adventure, nature, and some change to relax. We went for 6 days on safari to a range of camps with different wildlife and then we went onto Zanzibar to chill out, definitely needed with A Level results looming at the end of the holiday.

We flew from London Heathrow to Nairobi and then from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro. You cannot fly direct from London to Tanzania which is why we went via Kenya.

The first part of the holiday began in Arusha, close to the Lake Manyara National Park. We stayed for a couple of nights at Machweo retreat, which only had one or two other families there at the time.

Chilling at Heathrow
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Having breakfast at the resort


Making mosquito nets look luxurious


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Beautiful views over Arusha

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We then met our guide John from Asillia our tour operator out there. He was great and went above and beyond the call of duty when my sister became ill and dehydrated later into the holiday.