Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My African Adventure

This autumn brought the trip of a lifetime.

We asked ourselves, as a newlywed couple...
if there was one place we would go, before starting a family, where would it be?


The answer was clear.

Africa.

We headed to Tanzania for a taste of the fantastic wildlife it has to offer, for a one week Safari.

And we were not disappointed.
We booked our safari with a tour operator called  Roy Safaris.  I found them on Trip Advisor with some fantastic reviews. The reviews were spot-on, because the entire trip was excellent, from the planning, the accommodations, our amazing tour guide Godbless, and everything in between. The price was especially great. Safaris aren't cheap and after making tons of inquiries I found that Roy Safaris offered the most bang for the buck.

Day 1

Our first stop on the safari was Tarangire National Park, famous for its abundance of elephants..



and elephants there were many.

They aren't very good at hide and seek.

We started seeing animals almost immediately upon entering the park.  There were zebras, buffalo, baboons, wart hogs, you name it, and plenty of them.  It was a great taste of what was to come that week.








After several hours exploring the park we headed to our first camp, Maramboi Tented Camp, just outside the park. Although you could hardly call it a camp.



The location was perfect, because even though it was outside the park, it was located on a protected game trail between 2 national parks.

The camp had a beautiful view over Lake Manyara filled with antelope, zebra, wart hogs and lots of other frolicking animals..



Not to mention the perfect sunset.




Day 2

The safari continued with another game drive in Tarangire and more elephants,



before driving off toward the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

I have to say, I did not really appreciate the beauty of elephants until I saw them in the wild.

There we spent a night at the picturesque Ngorongoro Farmhouse, situated in a lush coffee plantation minutes from the Ngorongoro Crater.





Day 3

Today was the crater tour.  We descended the Ngorongoro Crater at dawn.  


What and amazing place.  

As soon as we hit the crater floor we saw a line of jeeps in the distance and rushed over.  

I quickly learned that whenever you see a bunch of jeeps lined-up, there is something good going on.


There we witnessed an amazing show.

A pride of lions had just killed a buffalo, and the rest of the buffalo were not very pleased about it.



We watched, for what seemed like hours, as the buffalo and the lions exchanged aggression while the lion pride (complete with almost a dozen baby cubs) tried to feast on their kill.



They don't seem very intimidated do they?


It was  truly a spectacular sight.




Sooner or later, the buffalo herd gave up and left so the lions could feast undisturbed.  

So we made our way through the crater for more amazing spectacles.








At the end of the day, after our crater ascent, we headed toward the Serengeti to continue our African adventure...

Stay tuned for more elephants!


8 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, what a spectacular post! I loved all your photos. I can only dream of going on an African safari...

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  2. Hi Heather.

    I came across your blog through BlogHer and seeing this post on your safari adventure amazes me. What an inspiring trip! I imagine it's like watching a National Geographic documentary with real-life spectacle. Looking forward to more great posts. Cheers!

    SS

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    1. Thanks for reading! It really was spectacular and I think a once in a life time experience.

      Heather
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