Welcome to TSP Adventures

Welcome to TSP Adventures (Troy & Shelly Pfeifer Adventures).

What's Here?

You will not find information about our jobs or "careers" - what a waste it is to write about that. Okay, well it used to be, but now that we are both dog trainers for Sit Means Sit dog training it is not such a waste. However, you still wont find that information here, but you can find it a http://Austin.SitMeansSit.com. You will find information on the many activities we enjoy. For example, hiking, scuba diving, vacations, rock climbing (which we unfortunately don't do much any more because our friend we were climbing with went on a climbing adventure and we moved to Hong Kong where there is not much natural climbing). Troy also has a sometimes interesting - but mostly not :-) - blog called What's That? Who Cares? where he posts his random thoughts and observations on a wide range of subjects. This will likely get more active when we start our round-the-world adventure. You can subscribe to What's That? Who Cares!.

What's New (well kinda)?

In March of 2005 we moved to Hong Kong. We have really enjoyed this opportunity and you can see all the great things we have done by visiting the TSPAdventures Blog. Starting in March 2007 we are going to take about a year off to travel around the world and [mostly] scuba dive. To keep those interested up to date on our adventure while overseas we will continue to update our blog. This has been by far the most updated section of our site and will remain so for the foreseeable future. If you like, you can subscribe to the blog and get an email when we update it. We have also recently starting putting more of our pictures online so please visit our photos so you can get a better feel for what we are seeing. Enjoy..

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02/13/2022 02:21 PM
Kenya Safari & Gorillas in Uganda

All Kenya Photos and Videos

All Uganda Photos and Videos

The mountain gorillas have been on our travel list for quite some time but we always knew it was going to be expensive and to get a gorilla trekking permit, reservations have to be made several years in advance since they are very, very limited.

One benefit of COVID (if that is how you want to look at it) is that we didn’t do any international traveling for 2 years which enabled us to save a lot of money! As world restrictions started to lift and we were missing traveling we reached out to our friends Nic and Jana who own In The Wild tour company to see if getting a permit to see the gorillas was a possibility since we knew people were still not really traveling internationally like normal. Turned out permits were available.

Since the main reason for this trip was to see the gorillas, that was the heart of the travel discussion that Troy and I gave the most input for and the rest we left up to Nic and Jana since they had done an amazing job planning Shelly’s 50th to Botswana 2 years prior.

Walking Safari in Central Kenya

Our trip started in Kenya with a 7 night walking safari/mobile tent camp, led by the Samburu tribe and started in central Kenya in the Laikipia area and ending in the Karisia Hills. Nic and Jana joined us for this portion of the trip, which was good, otherwise it would have been weird to have this whole camp crew waiting on just me and Troy.

After landing at the dirt runway airport, we had about an hour drive that basically ended in the middle of nowhere where 2 camels waited to take our bags and lead us to our first overnight camp which was about a 2 hour hike.

Our camp crew consisted of 15 camels and 15 staff that took care of everything we needed from setting up our tents complete with blankets, hot water bottles at night and bathrobes, to heating up river water for showers, making coffee in the morning and for afternoon tea, making our sundowner drinks and checking the river for crocodiles before cooling off after our hikes. The camp crew were fun and entertaining. We absolutely loved them and was a little heartbreaking to leave them at the end!

Most of the time, the camels didn’t walk with us. We always started out in the morning before they were even done packing the camp and their route normally consisted of short cuts and easier trails to get to the next camp and have it set up before we arrived.

Once the crew arrived at camp ahead of us, they would unload the camels and allow them to free roam and graze. For the most part they stayed together in a group so only one had a cow bell to help locate them. But there was a crew member whose job it was to watch them and round them up if they started to wander too far.

The camels were so fun to have in the camp. Outside of our tent would be a canvas bag on a stand for hand washing and the camels would walk through camp come to our basin and in one gulp drink the whole basin and then shake their head spraying water everywhere! Think of a slobbery dog but multiply that by 100! And then they would just stand there. And then others would come and join them and just stand outside our tent.