A Weekend in the Serengeti

Mambo everyone!

I was lucky enough to visit the Serengeti National Park about 2 weeks ago and it was a truly amazing and unforgettable experience! I was able to see many animals extremely close up and in their natural habitat (I even got a few selfies in with them)! The Serengeti is simply huge – as we were driving through, we were surrounded by grasslands and trees alongside the wildlife that inhabited them on all sides for as far as we could see. It was incredible to witness such a diversity of wildlife as well, from big giraffes, lions, elephants and hippos to wildebeest, zebras, leopards, warthogs and impala to name a few. No matter where you looked, every single angle of the Serengeti was picture perfect.

Before we entered the gates into the Serengeti, we stopped at a place to have breakfast and ensure that all of our permits/paperwork was in order. I was sitting at the table eating my banana when suddenly, out of nowhere a monkey comes and steals the rest of the bunch! It was quite funny to see our guide chasing the monkey around to get the bananas back! On the way back from the Serengeti, the same monkey attempted to climb into our Safari car through the opening in the roof in the hopes of stealing more food! They are definitely mischievous animals!

We were lucky enough to witness both the sunrise and sunset on all of the days that we were on the safari and while I wanted to capture every single moment as it passed, sometimes just sitting there and appreciating the calm and tranquil surroundings was something that couldn’t be captured in a picture. The pink-orange rays peeking through the clouds as the sun rose and fiery red sky as the sun set took my breath away and I often couldn’t believe that I was witnessing this natural beauty with my very own eyes.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the safari was being able to pass through a herd of elephants right before the sun had set on our first day in the Serengeti. We had spotted the elephants from afar and weren’t sure if we would be able to make it to them in time but our guide was able to find the perfect spot to watch as they passed around us (close enough to reach out and touch them!). Elephants are such majestic creatures and I was mesmerized with every movement that they made. We had to be extremely quiet so as not to aggravate the elephants who would have been easily able to knock over the car in one quick motion!

The next day, we drove to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area which was unlike anything I had ever seen before. The Crater was formed after a volcanic explosion and collapse occurred millions of years ago and is home to many wildlife species as well as people of the Maasai tribe. Upon entering Ngorongoro we saw a picturesque panorama point from above, with the lake in the middle surrounded by high mountains, it looked like a giant bowl. I was surprised when we made our way down into the crater and were able to see so many animals and birds inhabiting the area – it looked almost empty from above! The crater was filled with zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, ostriches, elephants and many more animals. There are only a few remaining rhinos that are kept under close protection from hunters/poachers so we were unfortunately not able to see any. I loved being able to stick my head out the roof and feel the breeze while being surrounded by such diversity of wildlife and vegetation.

I had the most amazing safari experience and would definitely return in a heartbeat! Enjoy some pictures from my adventure below!

Until next time,

Kwa Heri,

Anisah

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