Packing For Safari


If you’re planning a safari to Tanzania, I don’t recommend having Max and Elly help you pack.

I made the mistake of telling them on Tuesday that we were going on a family safari on Friday. They’ve been preparing every since. 

This morning they insisted on packing the Land Cruiser for the trip.


Keep in mind that we are doing a day trip to Tarangire National Park. We will be gone for 12 hours at most.

Here’s what they’ve packed so far:

  • Every pair of shoes they own, including their new rain boots from Aunt Carla and their now-too-small tennis shoes.
  • Two belts.
  • Two rain hats (also from Aunt Carla).
  • Two caps (souvenirs from their trip to Henry Doorly Zoo last summer when we visited the States).
  • Every apron Grandma has made for them, about 12.
  • They attempted to pack Anita’s flip flops but she retrieved those since she had only taken then off momentarily when they picked them up to pack in the Cruiser.

I guess they’re leaving it up to me to remember to pack food, water, and the camera.



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6 Responses to Packing For Safari

  1. Darci says:

    Just discovered your blog and have spent last two days reading and rereading. Your family is beautiful! I know this is from awhile ago but I have so enjoyed it. Love from Nebraska.

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  3. Jeanne Gilbertson says:

    I just started following your Blog! I found your website at the end of an article in the November issue of Gather. I had the joy of visiting Tanzania in May of this year and one of the parks we visited was Tarangire National Park! What a beautiful park! I was wondering if you know Linda Jacobson in Arusha. She is married to Dr. Mark Jacobson. My church, First Lutheran Church in Stoughton, WI, supports his mission. So glad I found your blog. Love from Wisconsin.

    • Hi Jeanne, yes I do know Linda Jacobson–in fact, she is the Lutheran missionary I referenced in my article that leads the women’s Bible study here in Arusha.

      I’m glad you’ve had a chance to visit Tanzania. If you ever make your way back again be sure to let me know!

  4. Jeanne Gilbertson says:

    This is wonderful! I do plan on returning to Tanzania next year, just don’t know when yet. I usually travel with Operation Bootstrap Africa with Diane Jacoby. I will be sure to let you know when I will be back.

    God’s Blessings for you and your family.

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