Welcome to Safari!!
It’s Sunday morning 5am and a car pulls in front of the hotel, new adventure can begin. I have dreamt 10 years to travel into Africa and that I can get to see all the animals in one of these safaris. Today one I will make this dream come true. Four days safari here I come. Destination, of course, Tanzania’s natural parks like Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 14,763 sq km, it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.
Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation, and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands, and forests. Established in 1959, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years teeming with about 25,000 animals including ungulates, four of the Big Five and other large mammals. It is also one of the best places to spot critically endangered animals like black rhinos, golden cats and wild hunting dogs. Home to one of the densest known population of Masai lions, Ngorongoro Crater guarantees an action-packed, heart-pounding game. In fact, it also supports the largest animal migration on earth, the Great Migration.
Serengeti – the first touch
Trip to the Serengeti was really long and especially with half a night sleep, I was thinking this trip will never end. About 12 hours drive we finally arrive at the first location, Serengeti. Every expectation was delivered in the first meters. I was filling like a cast member in a Lion King movie. Mongoos lifting their heads from the grass while Antelopes and zebras were running close to the car. Giraffes were reaching to the top of the threes and a Lion couple, that we got to see from really close by. The atmosphere was fairytale like.
Day two – Serengeti morning
The second day started at 6am, when we headed to the sun rise safari auto the Serengeti. Once again nature was offering it’s best with all the animals near by. The best one was, yet again, the Lions. Lion mother was with her cubs next to the road and there I was, looking at this cute little lion babies.
I was wondering how are these animals coming so close to people? Why are they just chilling near the road? Why aren’t they considering me as a threat to them? It is so amazing and unbelievable to see these animals so up close. But something in all of this is giving me mixed feelings….
Morning in the Serengeti didn’t let me down, the last what it got to offer for us was a Cheetah and their cubs. I have to say WoW!!! A Cheetah always lives alone and to see the three of them together it’s really rare. What a magnificent creature and what physic.
The trip continued to the Ngorongoro park and towards the first meal, brunch. We spend the day admiring the animals in Serengeti. When we reach the Ngorongoro was the dinner filled with exciting moments, when the elephants and zebras were walking directly to the camping area. At one point it seemed that the elephant is running towards the building we had the dinner served. I was a little scared to go to the tent to sleep, what if the elephant or zebras are walking over the tent while I sleep.
Day Three – Ngorongoro
Sun is rising on the third day in Ngorongoro park, the night was pretty cold. Buffalos are circling the tent, the good thing is that their focus is eating the grass around the camp and they let me sleep for a bit. Today we are entering the to the safari area of Ngorongoro natural park, I can clearly feel that the air is cooler than in Serengeti and it looks prettier.
I really like more Ngorongoro than Serengeti. This place is much more relaxed and non touristic. I had my own peace to just sit and look at the animals, I didn’t have that stressed feeling like in Serengeti, where everyone tried to get to the same place and the same photo. In Ngorongoro you have peace and room to just watch all the life in the savanna. I can’t complain, even the sun was shining warmly for me in this perfect place.
Last day – Lake Manyara
Last day in the morning at sun rise we start to head for the final park Lake Manyara. The night went good, I had warm shover in the evening and there was this big tent with actual beds, no more hard and cold ground. Small luxury for the last night in the safari. The trip to the Lake was also short, only 10 minutes from the camp so the last day with all it’s excitement can start.
Nature wasn’t failing and was offering it’s best. We saw a huge pack of baboons and I swear that I could have just watched them the whole day. They had a lot of just born baby baboons and they were so small and cute. Next the pack of elephants came close to the road to eat and event they had babies.
Giraffes were my favourite and this last day was delivering, for sure, we saw nine giraffes army, that was staring a lion. Wow, what a day!
Nature fans dream
Four days safari is like a nature program fans dream come true, we saw probably all the animals there is to see. Here is a list of all the creatures we encountered during these 4 days. Animals are wild and don’t really understand to pose to the camera so i didn’t get a good picture from all of them, but at least I saw them on their natural habitat.
A black-eyed monkey
Good guide – good tour
In the safari the guide is important. You will get so much more information and joy from your trip, when you have a professional guide, who can tell you about the animals and nature itself. Africa’s nature is just mind blowing and the variety of it and not to forget the wild animals that you could spend weeks and weeks to admire.
Thank you Africa
Once again, Thank you for the Nyange Adventure Tours for the experience and the tour. I highly recommend them and as their slogan goes. Come as a guest and leave as a friend. Thats what I honestly fell that I’m leaving as a friend.
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