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Africa Safari and Elephant Dung

Who wants to go to Africa with me? After this great interview with Chris and Laura Bertelson I'm ready! Chris and Laura live in Madison County, Iowa (where the beautiful covered bridges in Iowa are located and birthplace of Marion Morrison aka John Wayne). Chris spent 30 years in the computer business with a long stint at Microsoft and Laura stayed home focusing on raising their four daughters, bottle calves,a flock of egg producing chickens, dairy goats barn cats, honey bees and a peacock. They live in a nearly restored 1910 Victorian farmhouse.

They traveled to Africa last October for a 21 day trip. This is their interview talking about the wonderful safari experience they encountered. After the show notes will be a copy of their itinerary for those days. Pack your bags! After listening to their experience you are going to want to join me on SAFARI!!!!

00:43 Curt's life lesson from his book, Fix the Problem and other Life Lessons from a Pragmatic Dad.

03:30 Rotary

04:03 The Quest great fiction to read before you visit Ethiopia

04:19 Budget of trip...thanks Chris...scroll down

06:25 Tour company Chris and Laura used for their trip

09:02 Tarangire National Park

12:07 6,000 elephants

12:45 Tarangire Safari Lodge

27:20 Tipping and money

32:32 Hid your passport and money. I use this great scarf when I travel so look in our travel tips for the website!

33:14 Chris' "you betcha" moment

34:24 Laura's "you betcha" moment

34:30 Their "old, hell no" moment/experience

Chris has provided this great itinerary and budget breakdown: (Yes, he is a computer guy!!!)

The podcast described our October 2019 Africa trip in general and specifically the four days we spent on safari. Here is an itinerary description of those days

  1. to Tarangire National Park w highest density of elephants. Lunch, dinner and overnight will be at the Tarangire Safari Lodge. Pool overlooking the Tarangire River

  2. After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Maasai Cultural Village and Oldduvai Gorge (Leakey Museum) to Serengeti National Park for game viewing. Packed lunch. Dinner and overnight at Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge situated near the stunning Seronera area of central Serengeti

  3. Early morning game drive around the lodge & breakfast. Game drive in Serengeti with packed lunch, in the afternoon drive to Tarangire National Park for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, a lodge built on the rim of the crater

  4. After breakfast into the crater 600metres ,a “World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve” for game viewing. Picnic lunch on the crater floor. Late afternoon ascend from the crater for driving back to Arusha before dark. Four Points by Sheraton The Arusha Hotel

Three Parks were: Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park.

Tarangarie 1100 square miles

Serengeti National Park 5100 square miles

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area – collapsed volcanioc crater containing high density of animals – 5200 square miles.

JM Tours Ltd was our tour company. Highly recommended


Airfare Over & Back $3400

Dulles Hotel $160

In Country Airfares $1600

Tanzania tour & hotels $6960

Ethiopia Tours & hotels $3446

Extras $1000

Souvenirs $1000

Total $17566

21 days gone 18 Days touring $17,566 total

$8,783 per person

$976 per day

$488 per person per day

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