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.
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 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!