Serengeti Safari 

Hello from Africa! I’ve been here a week now already, but as you can guess, wifi is extremely limited.
I met up with my group early on Wed, Dec. 28 in Nairobi, Kenya and we drove to Tanzania. The truck we have is huge – it can fit about 25 people and below it stores all our bags, camping gear, cooking supplies, etc. I’ll do a post on the truck later.

We drove to Arusha where we spent the night and then departed for a 2 night/3 day game drive and safari through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.


We went with a third party company, with 4WD Land Cruisers, that are meant for safaris. The roofs open up and allow for amazing views and the best way to spot animals. 


We did two game drives in the Serengeti, one in the afternoon and one the next morning. We also did a morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, which is a huge caldera and a world heritage site.


It was absolutely amazing to say the least! The Serengeti plain is absolutely massive (the size of Nothern Ireland) so there are animals everywhere, but very spread out. It’s quite a game to try to spot and see animals! It’s amazing to see them in their natural habitat – playing, hunting, eating and just roaming.

We saw the “Big 5,” which are the 5 hardest animals to hunt – elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard. We also saw giraffes, hippos, cheetahs, zebras, gazelles, impalas, hyenas and more!

An iPhone definitely doesn’t take the best pictures, so take these with a grain of salt and imagine it being that much more amazing in person!

We were so close to two different lion families, one in the Serengeti, one in Ngorongoro Crater. They walked right past the truck – the vehicles don’t seem to phase them anymore.


We also had a cheetah and its cubs playing right outside our truck, with the cheetah walking right in front of us.


Elephants were also super close – that one was a little more scary as the elephants are so tall and all the trucks have their roofs open.


We definitely witnessed the circle of life though and witnessed two lions (male and female) eating a buffalo they had killed previously. We also saw numerous dead gazelles and a few animals in trees, which the cheetahs drag up there so no one gets them.

There are a ton of companies that all run the same tour, and our own company would communicate with each other about sightings (we had 3 jeeps), so we’d often just go where the others were. Despite all the vehicles, it definitely never felt crowded!


We actually camped inside the Serengeti and there are no fences, etc. to keep you from all the wild animals. Quite an experience, but we all survived! 🙂 The below is our campsite on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater on Day 2.

It rained a little on Day 1, but made for a beautiful rainbow. I actually think more animals may have been out since it wasn’t so hot.


Between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater we drove past several villages where the Masai people live. They’re local to the land and have a very simple way of life. We saw people of all ages herding cows, goats, etc. all in their typical “Masai” clothing – bright colors almost like a sarong wrapped around them.

I loved all the animals, but think the zebras might be my favorite. It was such an experience and unlike anything I’ve done before. The trip is off to a great start!

Tomorrow we’re headed to Zanzibar island for 4 nights/5 days. I’m sure we’ll have wifi so I’ll be sure to post!

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6 thoughts on “Serengeti Safari 

  1. What a great post. I’m looking forward to your post on the truck. It must be massive!
    And the pictures are fabulous. That iPhone is taking very good pictures.
    I had no idea the Serengeti is that big and encompassed so much land.
    Great to see all these beautiful creatures up close and also good to see the circle of life. As brutal as it may seem, that is nature’s way of keeping everything in balance.
    That must have been a little harrowing at first to camp out in the open with no fence to keep the animals out!
    Good that you got to see the native Masai people in their natural environment. It’s amazing how little people need to live and survive and yet I’ll bet they are happier than many people in the developed, industrial world.
    Were you able to see Mt. Kilimanjaro or is that still too far away?
    I’ve heard Zanzibar is just gorgeous. We’ll be looking forward to your next post.
    What a great way to start 2017!
    Love you!

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  2. I’m so glad you got to see so many different animals all in their natural habitat. That must have been just amazing. Your pictures look great. I can only imagine how incredible it must be in person. That must have been a bit scary camping out in the open, but what an experience. I’m looking forward to seeing your posts on Zanzibar. Should be beautiful. Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2017!! Love you!

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  3. Some more wonderful blogging. Your photos are amazing with all the animals and endless vistas. A little different from New Zealand I think. Your trip is fantastic and I’m enjoying your adventures.

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