Friday June 9, 2017

We’re in countdown mode again – ticking off the final few days before our departure on Wednesday. We’ll be flying on a big Emirates A380 via Melbourne to Dubai, south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula … and then on to Nairobi in Kenya. From there we’ll head out on safari, following our map through East Africa’s gameparks and grasslands, getting up-close-and-personal with the 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 … and night-after-night in luxury safari lodges and African-theme resorts. In the process, we’ll sample the secrets of this ancient continent … eating lots, laughing lots, making new friends, taking a zillion photos and generally having 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.

But right now, we’ve gotta get packed. So it’s goodnight from her – and it’s goodnight from me!

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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About John Cooney

John Cooney and his wife Robyn have enjoyed more than their fair share of travel. They hesitate to call themselves ‘experts’ – but they’ve grabbed every chance that’s come their way to explore new countries, cultures and customs. They’ve had the privilege (both on their own and as the leaders of numerous successful group-tours) to sample many stunning destinations: Europe, the UK, Singapore, Vanuatu, the USA, Israel, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And their recent (and most pleasant) memories are of the places ancient-and-modern that border the Mediterranean. John and Robyn are at-home in airports, hotels, cruise ships, and the like … and they know how to make the most of a unique travel opportunity. Travel, they reckon, is an all-five-senses experience – a chance to see, feel, smell, hear and taste the world. And they’ve done it often enough to know for sure: sightseeing with a group of laid-back Kiwis is DOUBLE the fun – lots of laughs, great company, and memories that last forever!

5 thoughts on “JAMBO BWANA!

  1. Hi there, Anna, Daughter of Alison McDonald here. I can’t see a speech bubble anywhere on the page so will try with a message here. As mum has a remarkable ability to get into a complicated tangle with IT, we’ve turned off all roaming on her phone and figured our mens of keeping track of her is via this blog. Hope you all had a good time in Dubai and Africa has greeted you with open arms. Please give our love to mum and we’re all looking forward to news and pics of where the group gets to.

  2. Hi to Sue & Neville- hope your’e having a great time- can I reach you by your own email at any time during the tour? cheers

  3. Hey Gran and grandad! Hope your having fun! Not much is happening here, we will notify you when it does. Can you please take a photo of a giraffe for me?

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