Wednesday June 11, 2014

We’re in countdown mode again – ticking off the final frantic days until departure on Saturday. We’ll be flying on a big Emirates A380 to Sydney … then on to Dubai, south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula … and then on to Nairobi in Kenya. There we’ll finally eyeball East Africa’s gameparks and grasslands stretching as far as the eye can see … and we’ll get up-close-and-personal with an abundance of free-to-roam wildlife.

We’ve notified Africa that we’re coming. And we’ve already had a positive response from all concerned – including most of the animals:

  • The leopards, cheetahs, crocodiles, antelopes and baboons have all said pretty much the same thing: “Mad Midlife Kiwis? Our kind of tourists!”
  • The hippos, rhinos, giraffes, wild dogs and hyenas have agreed to keep the next few weeks free: “Face it, we’d be barking-mad if we didn’t!”
  • The ostriches, flamingos, saddle-billed storks, crowned cranes and vultures have promised not to get in a flap – they’ll be there with bells on!
  • And the lions, elephants, zebras, wildebeest and cape buffalos are busy rounding-up all their members, who’ve all gone on migration, it seems!

We’ll spend day-after-day in open-top 4WD safari vehicles … we’ll spend night-after-night in luxury safari lodges and African-theme resorts … and, in the process, we’ll sample the uniqueness and learn some of the secrets of this ancient continent. Plus, on the way there and on the way home, we’ll explore the remarkable modern metropolis of Dubai.

In between, we plan to eat lots, laugh lots, make new friends, take a zillion photos and generally have the time of our lives!

Stay tuned, won’t you. Once our Mad Midlife Safari’s actually underway, we’ll add fresh new entries and award-winning pix – so you can share a little of our wild adventure.

For now, it’s goodnight from her – and it’s goodnight from me!

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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