Safari begins.

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Elephant
This is where the real adventure begins. The safari is finally upon us. All 14 of us going on the safari together are given an overview of what we are to expect on this safari along with the rules. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I had never been to Africa or on a safari. I had heard and read about both but experiencing something is always better than just reading. So I had no expectations, I was more ready for the worst. But as you will find out, I was pleasantly surprised.

So we are all briefed and jump into our Land Rovers. We have four guides, Charles, the senior guide, Willey, Mustafa, and Simon. We happen to jump into Simon's Land Rover (LR) first so we set off to Tarangire. We drove through Arusha on our way to Tarangire.
More zebra
Again I was surprised at how these people lived. I had been to Tijuana, Mexico and saw the really bad parts there. This was different though. A lot of people walking, only one stop light. It was just bazar to me and I am so glad I got to experience it.

Anyways, we make it to Tarangire National Park, our first location. We have lunch at the gates and bam right away see Grants Gazelle, first animal I saw in Africa. Hadn't even been inside the park yet and already seeing wildlife, I was pumped. Finished lunch and hoped into the LRs and head into the park. Naturally all of us never experiencing this before we were excited to see any animals. So right after the Grant Gazelles, we saw zebras.
Giraffe
Instantly started to take pictures of them. First time seeing zebras in the wild, you never know when you will see this again! Trust me, by day three we were bored of zebras as well as wildebeasts. So don't think you will only see them once, you will see thousands of them.

We also saw elephants, giraffes, dik-diks, impalas, baboons and warthogs. All these animals you will see again. But it was so cool to see them in person and in the wild. They were caged and hand feed. This was the circle of life in action. We also saw oryx, a type of antelope, which is not common to see I guess (and we didnt see anymore after the first day) because Simon, our guide at the time said he has never seen them in the five years he has been doing this.

We get to the camp at dusk. And yes we are camping.
What the outside of our tents looked like
In luxury tents. In the middle of the Tarangire with wild animals around us. When I was first told this I had no idea what that meant, but not much I could do about it. We pull up and instanly we are greeted by the camp staff. We were given a hot towel and some juice. We are then shown our tents. The tents, all the same pretty much at the other 3 camps, were great. Sharing a tent with my sister, there was two beds. Attached to ever tent was a bathroom. It has a toliet, which was basically a smaller version of a Honey Bucket. A shower that was filled when requested with hot water. You had to get yourself wet, turn off the water, soap up, turn on the water again to rinse off and repeat for shampooing. Something I had never done before but interesting and it worked. There was also a basin to wash your hands (a bucket of water was off to the side to fill the basin).
Zebras
We were also provided water bottles for drinking and brushing our teeth. The tents were powered by solar energy, giving us actual light in our tents. Very cool tents.

We had dinner altogether, which I will discuss the meals and what I was expecting and what delieved in another post. Just be noted that I was pleasently surprised by the meals.

After dinner we all sat around a camp fire and got to know each other better. As we were sitting there we heard an elephant trumpet very nearby. It was pretty cool to hear the wild animals that close. Anyways, each camp had a guard to make sure no animals got into tents. Well he told us that the elephant was upset by our presence and we were told to go to bed. Come to find out in the morning that it was an elephant and lion that were "arguing" throughout the night. Already this much excitement in the first day, I was hooked.
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Elephant
Elephant
More zebra
More zebra
Giraffe
Giraffe
What the outside of our tents look…
What the outside of our tents loo…
Zebras
Zebras
Elephants!
Elephants!
Elephants!
Elephants!
Elephants!
Elephants!
Elephants!
Elephants!
Elephants!
Elephants!
Me playing around with Sepia
Me playing around with Sepia
more zebras...
more zebras...
Impala!
Impala!
Zebras
Zebras
More sepia elephants
More sepia elephants
Zebras
Zebras
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
First day and one of our LRs get s…
First day and one of our LRs get …
Zebras
Zebras
What our LRs looked like....stuck
What our LRs looked like....stuck
Baboons
Baboons
Zebras
Zebras
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Black and white elephants
Black and white elephants
Elephants in the pool
Elephants in the pool
He fell over
He fell over
Elephant
Elephant
Elephant
Elephant
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Tarangire landscape
Herd(?) of elephants with a baby!
Herd(?) of elephants with a baby!
Elephants
Elephants
Babies!
Babies!
Elephant
Elephant
The row of tents
The row of tents
Giraffe trying to eat
Giraffe trying to eat
Giraffe
Giraffe
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants
Tarangire
photo by: pyrgos