Photo Dispatch From Tanzania: Zebras, Giraffes, and Mt. Kilimanjaro #IRPTZ

Hi friends!

It has been a few days since I last updated. Wi-fi has been sketchy so I have been prioritizing my reporting. Today I am in Arusha, in the northern part of Tanzania. We took a morning flight from Iringa (which is a beautiful town) and landed early afternoon. You know I love flying in country while in Africa. There is nothing, nothing, nothing like it. I love this continent!

Since the last time I blogged many amazing things have happened.  I saw giraffes and zebras in a national park on our way from Dar es Salaam to Iringa. We also saw warthogs and of course, the all-ubiquitous baboons, which are mean and scary so I don’t mention them much.

Animals in Africa

First off, I had no idea that Tanzania was so mountainous. Yes, we all know about Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, but there are mountains everywhere here! It’s so amazing because Zambia is nearly flat and the two countries are neighbors.

Our trip from Iringa was really eventful. We rode in a tiny 10-seater for about an hour and a half north across a wide expanse of Tanzania’s central plateau. I have always wanted to fly in a tiny plane in Africa. Thankfully the ride was barely bumpy until we had to descend into Arusha, which is always expected. It was a nice ride.

Airplane Collage

And, finally while I was in the air I was able to see Mt. Kilimanjaro from the sky. Chances are I will be able to see it a little closer in a few days as I fly back to Dar from Kilimanjaro International Airport. I’d love to see it a bit closer.

Today we are off to see some Masai villages. As soon as I get to reliable Internet on Monday I will share some photos.

Mt. Kilimanjaro

If you would like to read a few of my articles I’ve written since being here, they’re linked below:


  1. Love this! My dad told me when he climbed Kili and took the ride from Nairobi to Arusha that he saw wildlife everywhere along the way. Can’t wait to someday (hopefully next October is the plan) do my own visit and climb! Loving following you along! Can’t wait to hear about your visit to the Maasi!!!!!


  2. Jennifer, I love reading your descriptions of your travels in Africa as much as the reporting articles because I have the same deep love for the continent that I hear in your writing! I am so excited for the experiences you are having, thank you for sharing!


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