The Beauty of African Sunsets

Sunsets can be beautiful no matter where you are, but there is something magical about watching the sunset over the plains of Africa. Since we spent eleven full days on safari, we got to see many different sunsets during our time there. For several of the sunsets, we were able to enjoy a nice glass of wine as we relaxed after a long day of animal watching. We also saw many wonderful sunrises, but we were usually driving around in the Land Cruiser at the time either heading out to see the wildlife or heading from one national park to another.

Sunset at Lake Nakuru
Sunsetting in the Serengeti
Sunsetting Over the Hippo Pond

There were certainly too many wonderful sunsets to choose a favorite, especially since they each bring back wonderful memories. Whether it was watching the sunset over the hippo pond, sitting by the fire in the Serengeti, or watching the baby giraffes just outside of the Amboseli National Park, every photograph transports us back to those moments. Because we were in camps that were far away from any city or civilization in general, the moments were quiet, tranquil, and completely relaxing. Watching the sun set also meant that it was time to be sure that we were with a guide or heading to our tent as it wasn’t safe being out on your own after dark.

Sunset on Our First Full Day on Safari
Sunset from the Camp
Sunsetting Over Lake Naivasha

Each of these memories were magical. We often took many photographs of the same sunset as it changed from minute to minute as the sun went down below the horizon. Whether it was the sun shining through the clouds or the colors of the sky as the sun disappeared, every moment was uniquely different.

Just One of the Sunsets from the Camp in the Serengeti National Park

African Sunsets are Spectacular
Another View of the Sunset Over the Hippo Pond

From Kenya to Tanzania, Our Adventure Continues

After a morning game drive in Amboseli National Park, we crossed the border into Tanzania. We spent the afternoon going through the Lake Manyara Park, we are relaxing in a nice lodge before heading to the Ngorongoro Crater. We are only three days into our safari and pictures cannot come close to capturing the experience so far.

Beautiful Sunset
Male and Female Lions
Colorful Bird
Warthog

A Magical Day in Tangiers, Morocco

During our trip to southern Spain several years ago, we made a point of making our way across the Strait of Gibraltar to visit Tangiers, Morocco.  We took the high speed ferry from Tarifa (near Gibraltar) to the port of Tangiers, where we were met by our guides to start what would be a truly memorable day and definitely one of the highlights of our entire trip.  Tangiers is a unique African city as it has been the doorway to Europe for centuries and therefore has a varied population, although it is still mostly Muslim.

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Lighthouse on the Coast

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Streets of the Medina

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Market Stall with a Variety of Nuts

We started our day by visiting a neighborhood market, which was extremely busy with locals buying a variety of fresh foods. It is hard to describe the market in Tangiers other than to say that the colors and aromas overtake you at every turn.  There are merchants with spices piled to the ceiling, olives of every possible variety, exotic fruit, butchers with meat on display, and every variety of fish imaginable caught fresh from the Mediterranean Ocean.  As we walked among the merchants, we were given samples of olives, dates, candy, and more.  It was truly a magical experience.  After leaving the market, we were off to the Kasbah or Medina, the fortress and oldest part of the city.

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Various Cuts of Meat

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Fresh Fish on Display

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Vegetable Market

Walking the streets of the Kasbah was like walking back in time.  The cobblestone streets and grand arches led to a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean.  It is off the coast of Tangiers where the Mediterranean Ocean and Atlantic Ocean meet.  Before we left the Medina, we were treated to our own private performance by a snake charmer.  Having seen snake charmers on TV and movies, we weren’t quite sure what to expect, but it turned out to be fascinating as the charmer played his flute and waived his hand in the face of the King Cobra.  We weren’t, however, prepared for what came next as they wrapped a live snake, not a King Cobra fortunately, across our shoulders so that we could take some pictures.

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Walking in the Medina

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Snake Charmer in Morocco

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Entrance to the Medina

From there, we left the city and headed down the coast where we enjoyed gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and a nearby lighthouse.  After a short time, we stopped to ride camels on the shore of the Atlantic.  It was a little touristy, but at the same time, how many people get to say that they’ve ridden camels on the beach.  From there we visited the pre-historic Caves of Hercules, which is a beautiful geological attraction. It is famous because it has an opening in the shape of Africa to looks out onto the ocean.

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Camels on the Beach in Morocco

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Cave of Hercules

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The Coast of Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean

Once we got back to Tangiers, it was time for a late lunch, which was good because we had definitely worked up an appetite.  We had quite the meal in a tiny, family owned, restaurant, that was authentic Moroccan chicken served in a tagine with hot tea.  The food was incredible and the family that served us couldn’t have been any nicer.  After lunch, we were taken to the shops of some local artisans with the hope that we’d buy some authentic Moroccan products.  We visited a spice shop where we did purchase some saffron, cumin, and marjoram at prices you could never find in the States.  At the carpet weaver’s shop, carpets of every description were laid at our feet as we enjoyed some more tea, but as tempted as we were, we decided not to buy one.

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Tajines and Dishes for Sale in Morocco

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Lunch at a Moroccan Restaurant

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Coast of Morocco

Finally, we took the ferry back to Spain and our wonderful day in Morocco came to an end. Although we hope to return to Morocco and spend more than just a day, we were very happy with the day that we did spend there.