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My Africa Diaries: The Mara

After our first day of pre-safari adventures, our next two days were full day game drives in the Maasai Mara game reserve. Each morning started quite early – usually up by 5:30 so that my colleague and I could shower and dress before breakfast. The meals at the camp were generally great comfort food, but I’ve gone into great detail on the food if you’re interested in more about that. Breakfast conversation was primarily centered around which animals each of us had heard the night before. As it turns out, hyenas sound just like they did in the Lion King.…

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My Africa Diaries: Close Encounters of the Maasai Kind

On our first day on safari, we discovered that the Masai Mara reserve had changed their policy so that it was impossible to pay for a partial safari day – and charges per person per day are $80, so a visit of a few hours wouldn’t be cost efficient. Thus, instead of starting directly with a game drive, we moved our village visit to the first evening to get the most from our time and money. The village was a Maasai village about a mile’s walk from our camp. Our guide, a Maasai warrior, took us down the path. It…

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My Africa Diaries: Video Safari

Video diary of our travel to and time in the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya: Since I’m not a professional cinematographer or photographer, my goal on safari was largely to experience it myself, not to document it perfectly. I brought my relatively new point and shoot camera (Powershot ELPH 330). I love the video journaling function on this camera, but turned it off to save space for longer videos for this trip. I ended up with a few hundred photos and 8GB of HD video. (My battery died halfway through the first day of safari since I forgot to…

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My Africa Diaries: Prologue

Back in December, I was browsing the internal Microsoft forums (Yammer) and stumbled across an announcement for a new volunteer outreach program – MySkills4Afrika, part of the larger Microsoft for Afrika program. They were accepting applications from full-time employees to share their skills and expertise to energize the tech industry and entrepreneurship in Africa. Instantly, the posting spoke to me in that way you can’t quite ignore, even though travel or outreach to Africa never seemed like a realistic possibility for me up until that moment. Out of curiosity, I searched the available opportunities and discovered there were in fact…

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