Photo Diary: My African Adventure

Finally in Tanzania! Here are some photographs from the first few days of my trip… Enjoy!

First things first: Sleep!


Made a few new friends…


…including a baby elephant. I think I’m in love.


Next I was off to visit the Hard Life Artists Group. Check out their Facebook page by clicking here.


By the Hard Life Artists:


More friends!


Covered in bug repellent and clutching a mosquito candle…and yet, they still bite! Needless to say, I am having the best time.


I’ll try to share more photos soon!

If you have any tips for keeping mosquitos away, let me know in the comments… I clearly need all the help I can get.

XO Lauren

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  • karly goins

    I read that a drop of nail polish (I would use clear) on each bite will help it to stop itching and make it go away faster :) hope this helps <3

  • karly goins

    baking soda mixed with water to create a paste also works! I do this all the time when I get bug bites (especially spider bites) because the baking soda helps to draw out impurities & toxins! :)

  • Kellie Norton

    I love the photos! I was hoping you’d do a post like this :-) I hope you’ll tell us what you love about Tanzania because I’ve always wanted to go there! I hope you’re enjoying your trip :-) As for mosquitos, my mom used to always attach dryer sheets to our clothes before we went and played outside (sound weird) but it works! The static actually repells them!! Not sure where you can get dryer sheets in Africa but hey, just thought I’d help!!

    -Kellie :-)

  • ashton middleway

    Hey Lauren…I absolutely love you! you are my fashion inspiration! Tip for masqiuto issues….rub some vaseline on, it’ll kind of get rid of the bits! Visit South Africa while you’re down there…it’s beautiful because I’m South African hehe

  • Sarah Heckle

    What an amazing trip! It looks like the wildlife you’re seeing is amazing! (except the mosquitos, haha.) Have fun!


    new outfit post!

  • Jennika Virhia

    I was in Tanzania two years ago for just over a month – beautiful place, wish I could go back! You need to visit Zanzibar – little island of paradise :). Unfortunately I don’t have many tips for mosquito bites (I didn’t get that many when I was there)… Jungle formula?

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    I’m so jealous, this looks amazing! I want to go!

  • Melissa Panici

    Awesome photos! Giraffe’s are my favorite animal! Looks like you are having a blast. I don’t know of any real good tricks to keep mosquitoes away. Just bug spray and fires! lol. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Awesome pics!! I love you feeding the animals! Giraffe is my favorite animal print!

    As far as mosquito tips… All I know is to not wear anything scented. That means stay away from scented lotions & body washes!

  • Ana Castilho

    So cool that you’re in Africa! Congrats! For sure an amazing trip!

  • Maria Soegaard Roenfeldt

    Mosquitos do not like Garlic, so eat a lot of that! 😉

  • Carly R.Q

    Hi Lauren I live in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is in the center of Latinoamerica near the Amazon. In my town every day there are mosquitoes. Especially in the summer season.It is best to buy a repellent called “”off”” But if you miss it there,I’ll give you some tips against mosquitos. (sorry I ran out of characters to write. Follow my next comment please..)

  • Carly R.Q

    * It reprocuden by standing water.So, stay away where you see standing water.
    * Do not wear black because that color attracts them.
    * The winnowing them away.
    * An electric fly swatter. It’s like a racket and when they come, kill them.
    * There are several herbal remedies against bites. The most common here are: garlic oil, cinnamon oil, citronella oil (the one that works best), alfalfaflowers attract male mosquitoes die but feel the toxins of this flower.Lemon eucalyptus oil is also the most effective and finally the lavendersmell drives them away too.
    I hope my tips have helped you.
    Regards, Carly. :-)

  • DMichelle

    I know it’s bad for skin but the only bug spray that ever works for me is OFF Deep Woods. Better than all those itches!

  • Megan Parete

    I have heard that dryer sheets work! Plus that will leave you smelling nice :)

  • Bri Coons

    Dryer sheets. Rub them on your hair, clothes and then stuff one in your pocket.

  • PeaceLoveNutrition

    I just got back from a film shoot in Africa! We were in Cape Town and went on a Safari in Krugar National Park– such an incredible experience!

    As for Mosquitos- It’s summer there so high season. Try eating lots of Garlic- worked wonders for us!

    Check out my awesome Safari photos:

  • Lauren Hoffman

    Amazing pics! I love elephants, hope I get there someday.


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  • kailee ackman

    OMG! Lauren you are living my dream! Hope your having an amazing time. XOXO

  • Bev

    oh em gee Lauren! This is ah-mazingggg!!! I’m so proud of you going out there and showing your adventurous side (once again). Love the pictures of the giraffe and elephant :) Have a great time out there and I just KNOW you’ll come back super rested and even more humble than you already are!

  • Vanessa Gatlin

    I was in Tanzania during the summer of 2007 and it was an experience that changed my life. Wherever you are, I hope that you are enjoying every second (especially those during sunsets)!

    Say hi to the giraffes for me! When they walk they have such poise, I came home calling them “”the supermodels of the Sahara””!

    Bon voyage!

  • Chen Ben-Shoshan

    Wow it looks so amazing!! defently a trip to consider goin on (even though i’m not realy the outdoorsy type – but i try! :-))

    Have fun on the rest of your trip!

    Please check out my blog- thanks! :-)

  • sylviane mongoue

    like your dress! i’m actually living in Cameroon, not far from where you are. sorry for mosquitos, they are everywhere! enjoy your trip. love

  • Andrea Roiniotis

    Dryer sheets work wonders for keeping mosquetos away. Rub them on your skin and then keep one near you while sitting outside – hanging out of your pocket or something.

  • Kimmy Peace

    I’ve heard washing with Irish Spring Sport helps too. I haven’t tried it but one of my friends swears by it!

  • charlie

    Lovely photos

  • Stephanie Carlsen

    I had a lot of trouble with mosquitos too, until I tried a bug repellant I bought at a tiny booth in Thailand. It was just citronella oil mixed with water. Once I started using it, I stopped getting bites! It worked better than a lot of other bug repellants. Also, Johnson’s Baby Mosquito repellant works really well too!

  • Amy Breckenridge

    that looks like so much fun, especially meeting so many cute animals! i can’t wait to go on a safari someday. one of my best friends is in namibia teaching middle school aged students for a year and i miss her terribly. i know that you need to buy a mosquito repellent with DEET – it is the strongest brand! have so much fun!


  • maya jarrah

    I think stay away from bright colour clothes such as fosfuros,i think that helpful

  • StephMarie

    DRYER SHEETS! They work really well for keeping the bugs away annnnnd they make you smell good too! :) Just take one and rub it on your arms and legs, its amazing!

  • Zuleando

    If you want to protect yourself from mosquitos, means not fancy outfits. You need to wear 2 or 3 layers of cloth and apply mosquito repellent under and over your clothes. If the repellent is really strong will ruin what you are wearing, so find something old and ugly to wear. Also to avoid them bitting your face you need to wear a mosquito net. Believe me I’m a environmental scientist. Good luck!

  • Silvia Delpero

    The first rule to keep insects away is NO SCENT. This means no parfume of course and odorless (is it correct?) shampoo, deodorant and anything else.

    I love your pictures. Enjoy your stay.


  • samantha crowe

    No perfume or smelly shampoo, no dark colour’s, most importantly bounce sheet in your pockets!! They work wonders! Try to cover up as much as you can! Can’t wait to see more of your pics!

  • Cherie McGlone

    You can buy bracelets from select health stores which have a magic aroma to keep bugs away – not sure if they are available in US stores but you can get them here in AUS. They can last for a few days or for longer depending on what you buy. Maybe something to keep in mind for next time :) Enjoy the trip, well deserved :)

  • Alexandra Dadisman

    LOVE this Lauren! I might have missed it, but did you mention somewhere why you were traveling to Africa and what you were going to be doing there? That is so awesome!


    Adventures with Alexandra

  • Ashley Almond

    Sounds like a fun trip! I’d like to travel to Africa someday and go on a Safari.

  • Heather McMurray

    Tea Tree oil! Works like a charm although may deflect men…it doesn’t smell the best

  • Isabelle Gaetz

    Mambo! Love the pictures, Lauren! I was actually in Tanzania last summer for a month. I didn’t experience any issues with mosquiotes. I would love to know where you are travelling and why you are there. If you get the chance, I highly recommend going to Southern Tanzania. It is a lot less touristy with breath taking views and wonderful people. Have a great trip :)

  • Libby Uglesich

    I am so jealous that you got to feed a giraffe!! They are my favorite of all time!! :)

  • cindy cee

    dont forget your aeroguard, and avagoodweekend! i think thats just an australian thing though lol. maybe something minty or eucalyptusy would keep em away.

  • Diamenrose

    are you vaccinated against these mosquitos? Else it oculd be a little bit dangerous. Well anyway i would protect myself with some mosquito tents and use some creams mosquito bites 😀 enjoy tanzania its a lot of fun over there:D

  • Liz Franco

    Mosquitos LOVE me. It sucks. I don’t have much advice in regard to keeping them away however once they bite I found that mixing a little water + salt to make like a salt scrub-type of paste and applying it to the bite helps take away the itch IMMENSELY. It’s like magic.

  • Lauren Hoffman

    I would love to make it on safari one day!

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  • Beth P

    What lovely photos!! I went to Kenya a few years ago around this time… I suggest DEET!

  • Megan Vickers

    Im kind of obsessed with elephants and I’m super jealous that you’ve met one! Hope you are having a good time and I hear mosquitos don’t like lemon juice. Have no idea if thats true or some portuguese folklore. haha :)

  • Ana Garcia

    Nice pics!

    To keep mosquitos away try capsules of vitam B.

    Its the best way to avoind the bites!

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I love elephants and giraffes! Glad you’re having a good time!

  • Amanda Bradica

    My grandfather taught me to douse myself in men’s aftershave to keep the mosquitoes away. Worked for me.

  • Shellz

    Have fun LC!! love the pics…xo

  • Eliza Zamora

    the last picture made me smile! Mosquitos are the one thing I dont miss from sumer!

    check out my blog! <3

  • Petra Zeller

    Really lovely pictures :) Hmmm for keeping mosquitos away I have a mosquito light who smell a little bit but i thing that doesnt work in this country!?

    xoxo, Petra

  • Rachel Trampel

    Awww, these photos are so, so cute! Love them all, looks like you are having a fun time!!!!!

  • Natalie Vaughan

    I’ve heard putting dryer sheets (bounce) in your pockets keeps them away! :)

  • Melissa Dittman

    If you take some vanilla extract and dab some wherever you would normally dab perfume, it keeps the mosquitos at bay while making you smell nice! I am not sure how well it will work when you are somewhere infested with them, but will help.

    Here is another suggestion, but it depends on the resources available to you:

    This explains how to make a homemade mosquito trap.

  • michele richardson

    Try to limit how much fruit you eat…espically bananas. It attracs them

  • Flavia Roque

    lovely pics LC ! I can tell you’re having a good time!

  • Michelle LaPorte

    Wow these pictures are amazing!!

  • Stephanie DiMaggio

    You look like your having so much fun!

  • polinka

    I haven’t tried those myself, but found some recipies at this site:

    May be it’s worth a try, though I’m not sure if you’ll have the ingredients to make those:

    Bug Goop

    2 oz Anhydrous Lanolin (natural wax)

    2 dropperfulls Neem Seed Oil

    30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

    30 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

    30 drops Citronella Essential Oil

    Warm the lanolin under hot tap water. Mix all ingredients and pour into sealed container. Refrigerate.

    Bug Spray

    1/8 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

    1/8 Cup Almond Oil, Witch Hazel, or (yes, that’s right) Grain Alcohol

    1/8 cup Distilled Water

    60 drops Essential Oil blend (your choice of Catnip, Cedarwood, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Rose Geranium, Lemon, Tea Tree Oil, or Peppermint)

    Mix all ingredients and add to a smallish spray bottle.

    For after-bite treatment they suggest the following: “”First, try not to scratch, since you should not apply this to open skin. Then, soak a cotton ball in witch hazel and apply to the bite for a few minutes. The astringent tannins, procyanadins, resin, and flavonoids help soothe pain and reduce swelling. Apply essential camphor oil (mostly harvested from the wood of Asian camphor laurel tree) with a cotton ball and wait for a minute. Camphor, a common ingredient in commercial anti-itch gels, stimulates nerve endings and relieves symptoms of pain. Then, apply a drop of essential tea tree oil to further reduce the itch.””

  • Renae Cotero

    Ahh! Tanzania was the most amazing trip of my life! For me the best thing was wearing long sleeves and pants so that you avoid both mosquitos and ticks! Also use a mosquito net! Have a piece of chapati for me! Safari njema!

  • chloe frew

    I learned in the Dominican Republic that rubbing rum on your body helps! I did it and the mesquitos stopped biting!

  • Beccah

    Oh wow to cool I love all the pictures especailly the picture of the baby elephant….way too cute!

  • SAF

    Putting a dryer sheet in your pocket helps keep mosquitoes away (and it smells nice). I found this out thanks on Pinterest.

  • sinead byrne

    i used citronella oil..i drabbed it on my clothes and around my tent when i was in kenya. i also had lemon everything. lemon smelling sampoo/conditioner/shower gel and body spray. lemon repells them. worked for me and i had bo bites!

  • Donna Webb

    Soybean oil may keep u mosquito-free for up to 4 hours.

  • Rom Conrad
  • Jaziel Mariaca G.

    take vitamin B1 :)

  • Leanne

    Welcome to Africa 😉

    love from South Africa

  • Liesl

    Now I really miss my home; Africa. So glad to you get to enjoy this lovely trip! Love the photos with the animals!

    Liesl xxx

  • Sung-Yeh Nordquist

    Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!!! :-)

    Here’s an article I found to keep mosquitos away:

  • Vivien Harmat

    The photos are beautiful. Have a good trip :)

  • bea

    I use antihistamin-pills for couple of days and then they don’t like your blood as much. it usually works for me in the summer.

  • Nathalia

    I don’t think they have Odomos in Tanzania, since its an indian product, but this stuff helps. I recommend going to a local pharmacy and getting their products, since they are usually adapted to their own mosquitoes. And eat plenty of garlic and hot sauce, helped me a little. (They are just little vampires after all.)

  • Kelby Peachey

    Yup, definitely want to go on a Safari now!! I am so jealous you got to pet a baby elephant. SO CUTE!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Rachael Yanta

    I am dying over that baby elephant. I’ve been obsessed with elephants since I was a little girl. They are such kind and gentle creatures. So jealous of you! Looks like you’re having a fab time!! Thanks for sharing!

  • ccsgirl

    Vitam B12 makes you smell bad for mosquitos!!! You can take it oral o you can put B12 in your body moisturizer (the liquid one). And keep using bug repellent and mosquito candle.

  • ccsgirl

    Sorry Vitamin B12!!!

  • Amenah Hussein

    OFF definetley the best bug spray 😀

  • jessica

    Avon’s Skin So Soft lotion is said to repel mosquitos but I’m not sure if you’ll be able to get some in Africa…ha :)

  • Jessica E

    Get some Tanzanites while you are there :)

    Looks like a lot of fun. Love all the animal pictures

  • Heather Henderson

    That’s so cool that you got to be so close to all those animals! So jealous!

  • Katja Anni

    Mhhh that advice probably comes too late… but next time take a lavender bag with you. I always had one close to my bed in Australia and it really keeps mozzies, bug and spiders at bay. They don’t like the smell of it :) Plus, it helps you fall asleep!


  • Kelly Ross

    I love the giraffe…one of my favorite animals.

    Off is the best bug spray.

  • Claudia Merrill

    Don’t eat too many bananas! I get eaten alive all the time and my boyfriend suggested to take it easy on the yellow fruit. hope that helps :)

  • Kaitlyn W.

    Vitamin B.

    Come summer time I try my best to take Vitamin B pill every day because I get bitten really bad and the bites swell up. There is something Vitamin B does, like it makes an odor or something like that (not one the human nose can smell) that mosqitos dont like. It doesnt stop them 100% but it sure does help!

    hope that helps, have a safe and fun trip!

  • Brittany Thomson

    Bounce dryer sheets! Put them in your pockets and it keeps them away while making you smell nice:) Also spraying mouthwash around you works really well. Great for when you’re sitting outside for long periods of time.

  • Suzy Zhang

    a dryer sheet works amazingly!!!!!!!!! use that! and that giraffe photo is GORGEOUS

  • Sana kay

    Dryer Sheets! They work like a charm! :)

  • KAF

    Don’t eat too much sweets , dryer sheets or surround your self with lemongrass



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