Tarangire Travel Blog› entry 3 of 7 › view all entries
July 27th, 2008 – by: jwilsonwsu
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.
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.
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.
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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