Ricia and Franklin Do Africa, August 2001

OK, that title is a slight exaggeration, but we did select a few of the more famous attractions to visit. First, we spent 5 days in and around Cairo, Egypt. We saw pyramids, of course:

We took a guided tour of Saqqara. The guide herself was nearly as interesting as the site. She was well-versed in Egyptian history, but seemed intentionally ignorant, or perhaps defensive, about the current state of Egypt. For example, I asked: "Why do Cairenes sometimes drive at night with lights off?". She answered: "Foreigners always ask why we drive with lights off; of course we don't!".

In the city of Cairo:

After leaving Egypt, we spent a week in Kenya, seeking wildlife, starting in Nairobi:

We joined a tour group to "safari" through some of Kenya's game parks. Our first stop was The Ark: essentially a hotel next to a salt lick, around which game would congregate. The hotel had a system of alarms that would awaken the guests when bigger and rarer game showed up:

Continuing on to Lake Nakuru, famous for its flamingos:

Our ultimate goal was to see the great wildebeest migration. We chose to travel in late August because the animals (also known as gnus) cross from Tanzania into Kenya's Masai Mara then:

And that's the way it was.

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