by Mickey Burwell
Over the years we have taken travel groups to many exciting places:
Switzerland to the top of the great Matterhorn ~ Spain, Portugal, Morocco
and the Canary Islands ~ Israel ~ a Mediterranean cruise ~ Egypt. . . but
the best one of all was our recent visit to Tarzan's Africa. We
took the group to Kenya for two weeks. To some, Tarzan is just a fictional
character; but to my believing heart, he has always been in Africa.
I remember our guide in Israel telling us "that if we came expecting
to step on the very stone Jesus stepped on we would be disappointed. But
that if we came believing we are walking in the area Jesus walked in that
we would find Israel to be everything we expected." This is the way my
heart soared in Kenya. I just believed I was in Tarzan's Africa.
We had a group of 25 wonderful friends to share this experience with.
To see Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro was something I had hoped for all
my life, but never really expected to actually be able to do. It was more
than a dream come true. We were divided up into Toyota pop-up vans. It
ended up that there were just four in our van, which made it very nice.
Our driver/guide and I were kindred spirits. Tony was such a great person
and a great guide and an excellent driver on what were laughingly called
roads. We had a lady with us that was the liaison between the company we
had booked through and the customers we brought to Africa. She would take
turns riding in the different vans. When she was with us, I would look
off in the distance and say, "I want to do my Tarzan call to see if I can
bring that herd of elephants closer." I know that they had told us to get
good pictures you need to be quiet and I was just cutting up, but she took
On our last night we had we had a bush safari and went out into the
darkness of the forest where they had set up a tent and we had our dinner
served. Shirley did the presentation of thanks and tips to the drivers
and to Stephanie our liaison/host. Shirley said, "I think it is only appropriate
that we let Mickey do his Tarzan Yell. That's what he's wanted to do ever
since we have been in Africa." Everyone cheered except Stephanie who said
"just a minute." Then she went over and talked to the natives that had
prepared our dinner. She came back and said, "I guess it will be okay,
the natives told me there are no elephants in this area."
Shirley's cousin was on the far side of the tent and took my Tarzan
yell. Considering the darkness and distance from the camera I am glad he
got the picture he did.
I got so tickled that I had to compose myself before I could cut loose
with one of the best yells that I have ever done. Everyone applauded and
said, "Move over Carol Burnett." When I got home and called my brother
to tell him about my trip, I told him the reason I had gotten so amused
with Stephanie was that the Tarzan yell bringing up elephants
I took over 2000 photos of Tarzan's Africa, many of which I am
sharing with ERB fans in the following pages.