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A Maasai Circumcision After-Party [VIDEO]

Maasai warriors

“There’s a circumcision party in a nearby Maasai village. Mela is inviting us to join her. Do you want to go?” Kisioki asked in the sort of unassuming manner one might use to ask a friend to a new restaurant around the corner for lunch.

Circumcision party?

After repeating the phrase and looking at my shoes, I ruminated on this concept, turning my knees inward just slightly, clenching muscles in my pelvic region I never knew I had.

“Sure.” I mean who in their right mind says ‘No’ to a Maasai circumcision party?

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Up Next: A Journey to East Africa

Simien mountains

Our journey to East Africa, just about underway. What follows includes not only our itinerary and a call for your recommendations, but a personal note and a couple of back-stories including $100 given to us with a purpose on a ship in Antarctica.

As you read this, we're on our way to Ethiopia to begin a six week journey through Eastern Africa. We expect the journey to take us from Ethiopia to Uganda, Rwanda and finally Tanzania.

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Tanzania Highlights: A Slideshow

Tanzania sunset

Banana beer and biryani. Night markets and nutmeg. Kilimanjaro and Kendwa beach. Safaris and Stone Town. Zanzibar and zebras. Maasai and Manyara.

This is Tanzania in three weeks. See it all in the slideshow below.

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On Safari: If Africa’s Animals Were Motivational Speakers

A few life lessons we picked up from the animals of Tanzania’s big safari parks: Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Includes a slideshow of our favorite Tanzania safari photos.

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On Safari in Ngorongoro Crater – Tanzania

When we humans observe animals and their behavior, we’re often tempted to anthropomorphize them, ascribing to them our human qualities. The zebra “wears” stripes, the cheetah “eats breakfast” and the warthog “hangs out with his buddies.”

While we were on safari in Tanzania, all those lions, elephants, cheetahs, and hippos prompted us to take this one step further and ask: What could the wild animals of Tanzania teach us about life, and possibly even business?

If all the safari animals were contracted for an motivational speaking conference, here’s who might show up and what they might say.

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Safari Serengeti : A Theatre of Timing, Rhythm, Life and Death

Reflections on our safari in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, including a slideshow of the big cats – lions, cheetahs, and a leopard – who have made this place their own.

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A cheetah in the Serengeti.

Expectations: dangerous stuff. It’s virtually impossible not to have them when it comes to an iconic experience like a safari in the Serengeti.

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Climb Kilimanjaro: Equipment and Preparation

How do I prepare for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro? What equipment will I need?

No shortage of digital ink has been spilled on this topic. Even so, every article we’ve read seemed to be missing a little something.

Based on our Kilimanjaro climb experience, here are the nuts and bolts of what an average, ordinary hiker will need for a Kilimanjaro climb. We'll address choosing a Kilimanjaro route, costs, equipment and hiking gear, ways to avoid and manage altitude sickness and other illnesses, and whether or not you really need to train for a Kilimanjaro climb.

Don't worry, it's not as daunting as it sounds.

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