In to the wilds of Africa
Serengeti Travel Blog› entry 56 of 68 › view all entries
December 8th, 2009 – by: ronin2k
A few days ago we started the second half of our tour through eastern Africa, into Tanzania. After a brief pitstop in this hole of a town called Narok, we were off again. This time around we had 8 new group members. So far everyone seems nice and we all get along. Before the newbies arrived, the "old" group was a little anxious about the new group dynamic! Lol but lucky for us so far so good.
Our first day together we crossed the border into Tanzania. Nothing too exciting about that, other than me worrying about getting a visa, but no problems there! I just walked across the border, paid 50 bucks, had a banana and there I was in Tanzania! Tanzania is the biggest country in east Africa (I.e., Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda (aka the country named after me!), and Burundi).
Our first night was pretty chill, we basically setup camp along Lake Victoria and had the afternoon for some optional activities like bike riding, walks along the lake, etc. Its funny though, no one did anything! It was so relaxing there everyone just sat around, shared some stories and drank lots of beers. Good times. Well all was good until the next morning when I had a huge headache (mmm ok hangover) from drinking too much of a beer called "The Kick"! Lol that 8% alcohol content sure did give me a “kick” in the morning! Sh*t.
The next two days we spent on game drive in Serengeti National Park. Again another dream of mine fulfilled! When you grow up reading National Geographic you tend to hear a lot about all the beautiful scenery and animals in the Serengeti. And boy talk about scenery! The Serengeti is full of large open plains sometimes full of animals, sometimes not. Throw in the big blue sky, pure white clouds and you have paradise. One thing I must say about such a vast area (10x bigger then Masa Mara in Kenya to which it is adjoined) is that you can sometimes drive for a LONG time before seeing any animals, even a zebra or gazelle who are ubiquitous to the area. But when you finally do see something, it definitely is worth it!
Speaking of animals, for those that love the movie "The Lion King" (me included) the Serengeti is the home of Simba, Timon and Pumba! Funny story.
According to our guide Julius, unfortunately Pumba in Sawahli means stupid! Lol, because they equate the warthog to being a little stupid! For example, if they have babies, when being attacked they tend to run AWAY from their babies, rather than protect them! And their physical appearance is a mishmash of other animals aka the "left overs" as Julius says. God made Pumba from leftovers because he was the last animal to be created, the head of a pig, the tusks of an elephant, the legs of a hyena and the mane of a wildebeest! Awww how sad! Although the Pumba is odd looking, I have to admit its one of the cutest animals out there on the savannah! Especially when its running with its little tail up! Lol
Other than Pumba, we saw all lot of animals roaming the plains, lions, elephants, zebra, wildebeest, you name it and FINALLY we saw a leopard!! One of the thrills of going on safari is to see a leopard.
Night time in the Serengeti was a little different then other places. Usually we sleep in campsite that is fenced off from the wildlife....usually! One time before (in Loita Hills) and now, we had to camp inside the park, with the animals! Of course there are designated campsites, but there are many warnings, especially about leaving your tent at night to pee.
Next up, Eden as its sometimes called, the Ngorongoro Crater.
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!