Well, let’s go back to East Africa, along the northern Tanzania safari route. This won’t be your usual animal parade, it will be a bit more earthy than that. It will show a few safari moments and then the same for a Maasai market which occurs weekly near Tarangire National Park; at the corner where you turn from the Arusha road toward Ngorongoro Crater. The safari highlights will be those things that just happen… and you just roll with them. The market is a cultural highlight in that we have nothing quite as entertaining; although some of our fresh food open air farmer’s markets are a bit similar. Here you could barter for cattle or goats or buy tethers for either. In addition there were sandals cut from old motorcycle tires (or tyres as they say), various food items, previously worn clothing in bales imported from the US or Europe, and a chance to buy herbs or get a tooth pulled.
A safari vehicle, mostly Toyota Land Cruiser modified for the job, has to be well maintained and yet be ready for anything that goes wrong. Black roads, hot sunny weather, tires with tubes, and lots of driving often cause a brief delay in the trip. Flat tires are not uncommon. The driver-guides are trained to deal with the mishaps but hot lug nuts and cumbersome jacks make every tire-change a bit of a challenge.