Going on Safari


When you’re five years old, it’s a pretty cool thing to have a Daddy who is a safari guide. But it can be tough, too, when high season rolls around and that means Daddy is away a lot, taking visitors to the national parks.

So, as our really busy season was just about to kick-off, we decided Max and Elly could use a some intensive Daddy Time before Kakasii was away on safari so much. So we packed up and headed on safari ourselves!


We spent two days at Tarangire National Park, which is probably my favorite of all the parks. Max and Elly love seeing all the elephants. Max loves them so much, he studied them very carefully at close range.


And he got in a little safari guiding practice as well.


As a budding artist, Elly enjoyed sketching the different animals we saw on our safari.


And she also brought Barbie along for the fun!


We stayed at Sangaiwe Tented Camp, which is a favorite among our safari clients. We’re pretty big fans, too, especially of the crystal clear swimming pool, which was perfect after a long, hot day tracking the animals.


We were fortunate to travel with a new friend, Charlotte. Charlotte was a solo traveler from the UK who had just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with our mountain guide Festo, and she really hit it off with Max and Elly so it was fun for them to be on safari with her.



Max and Elly are good helpers on safari. When it was time for our picnic lunch, they carried all of our lunchboxes to the picnic table.

max-and-elly-carrying-lunch-boxesAnd since it wouldn’t really be a blog post about a safari without some cool animal pictures, here are a few of our favorites from the trip:

mama-and-baby-elephant-tarangire lion-in-tree-tarangire hippo-at-swamp cheetahs-in-tarangire

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5 Responses to Going on Safari

  1. Janis Poppe says:

    How wonderful for your family to experience this trip. Wish I were able to go along.:)
    The children are sure growing. God’s blessings to you all.

  2. Cecil Maureen Johnson says:

    Thank You for sharing this Safari adventure.
    I would really like to visit Africa again as would a couple
    of my sons. We will see!!

  3. Joan Olson says:

    Thank you, Brenda and Max and Elly and Kakasii. How good it is to see you all and to watch your family grow in every way including the joy and happiness that radiates around and from you. All God’s care and keeping on each of you. Love the pictures of the animals but much more of you dear folks.

  4. Maryann says:

    I looked up your blog after seeing your article in Gather. You have a lovely family, your photos are beautiful, and you have an engaging way of writing.

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