This is the story of four friends, whose love for outdoor life began as teenagers when we were in school. We came together in college at BITS Pilani. Pilani-- an oasis in Shekhawati desert of Rajasthan, cemented us forever.
Forty six years after we met at Pilani, we decided to go to a faraway place. Where like Pilani, you could still hear and feel the Nature. Though in our sixties, we did not want to go to usual holiday destinations in Europe, America, Australia or SE Asia.
Who are these four sixty-plus and still-crazy guys? And their spouses who readily agreed for Africa? Africa-- where they know it is not for shopping! Here is the curtain raiser- read on. The men in blue and the ladies in pink.
We decided to do the northern Tanzania circuit because of its reach and varied terrain. After assembling at Dar-e-salaam we decided to fly to Arusha. Thereafter it is going to be eight days of 4x4 drive amidst animals, birds, mountains, gorges, valleys and the famous Ngorongoro crater. Here is a map.
So much for the curtain raiser.
As the departure date draws closer, the adrenalin is rising. We are already dreaming of Africa.
Those of you who wish to read more, Lonely Planet's book on Tanzania is an excellent compilation. It is another story that we read the book after our tour was firmed up and paid for! But no regrets-- we had chosen the right itinerary and the right time of the year! By accident and God's grace of course.
So, are you with us when we say 'life begins at sixty'?
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- Harsh the Ghumakkad / 27th July 2014