Photographer's Note

So here I start with my latest East African trip. Might not upload the most interesting photowise first, but I usually like to get it in the correct time order.

We spent our first week on a luxury trip (but complementary, one advantage of working in the tourism industry...) to Kenya and Zanzibar.

It was a long time I hadn't been to East Africa, 35 years to be precise, I only had left child memories of private game safaris in Tanzania, the sound of the hippos humming at night, catching giant catfish in a river, the hardness of antelope meat and a photo of me at 6 years old, sat on a dead elephant (Yes, these were the times of elephant hunting, and it happens that I belong to a professional hunter dynasty..).

What I didn't remember was the dust in Africa... Amboseli National Park is like a giant dust bowl in Kenya, just below Mount Kilimandjaro at Tanzania border... and boy, there was some dust indeed, changing lens in the open car would have been a suicide. (I only know of Dolin, "the Sandman", who would have tried a lens switch in these conditions).

So that's what you'd see on the end of the day from the back of the car, your mouth and hair dry, covered with Amboseli dust.

That two days safari didn't have the magic of my childhood, but I appreciated the smiles on my daughter's face when she saw a group of 4 cheetahs running, when we stopped near the lair of a hyena family as the cubs walked around the car or when we stared at a group of elephants walking to us, as clouds were unveiling the remaining snow on top of mount Kilimandjaro.

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