Tanzanian safari

Trip Start Aug 11, 2013
Trip End Aug 25, 2013

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Flag of Tanzania  , Arusha,
Friday, August 9, 2013

This has truly been one of the top travel experiences of my life. I expected to like it, but to be so overwhelmed by the nature, the scenery and the animals (oh, so many animals...) was beyond me

Words fail to describe it, so please flip through the picture section. Other than this, I will share my itinerary, which I think was ideal, as well as a tip: stay away from safari operator 'it started in Africa': they did everything possible to ruin the experience for us... Thank god, they did not manage, but they sure tried...

Tanzanian safari itinerary:

Day 1: arrive in Arusha, settle in African Tulip hotel (great!), walk around town, relax and prepare for next day's early start

Day 2: leave Arusha in the morning and go straight to Tarangire national park. Our first game there reviled hundreds of elephants, zebras, gazelles, giraffes and gnous (aka wildbeests), but no cats :)
Lunch in park's picknick area (the first of many lunchboxes), followed by first stomach sickness and drive to Lake Burunge Tented Camp for the night, which, as the name implies, is right on a beautiful lake and absolutely amazing! Have to be escorted to hut, for fear of hyenas and hear weird noises all night long, but, hey, it's my first night...

Day 3: leave early for Ngorongoro, inside the crater of which we are promised to see rich wildlife. And we do see it! After some 4 hours of horribly rough driving up and down the crater. Our first lions, stalking a heard of buffalos no less, as well as thousands of other animals. All day game, followed by arrival at our lodge, at the edge of the crater with breathtaking views

Day 4: after sunrise breakfast (best sunrise of my life, with views of a mist covered crater...) we head to a Masai village ( too touristy I am afraid) and we pass from Oldopai Gorge's dramatic scenery, before we at last reach the entrance of Seregeti a few hours later. We will stay here for 3 days, to meet its rich wildlife and breathtaking nature. Stay within the park, at Angata tented camp, with animals walking around our tent and an elephant messing with our water supply during the night, resulting in no water next morning!

Day 5-6: Many animal encounters today in Seregeti. Some quite gruesome, but part of nature I guess. Btw, did you know Seregeti is the Masai word for never ending plains? And they never end indeed...

Day 7: leaving early for lake Manyara, arriving around noon for afternoon game. Here nature is much more lush, rainforest-like, resulting in fewer animal spotting. But we do see many many moneys here! We spend the night at one of the best tented camps of the trip, the Manyara wildlife safari camp

Day 8: We spend the morning in a nearby village market before heading towards the airport. Zanzibar, here we come!
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