We made it to AFRICA!!! As we were driving out to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater for our safari, I was in awe looking out the window at the surreal and awesome African landscape. I couldn’t help laughing and thinking to myself, HOLY SH*T, I’m in Africa!!
We booked a three day, two night camping safari through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. It was awesome!! I swear the landscapes in Africa looks like a painting. The clouds, the animals, the colors, the sunsets…it’s spectacular! It took about six hours to drive from Arusha to our campsite in the Serengeti. We stopped along the way to marvel and take pictures of our first sights of wildlife.
Right before snuggling into our sleeping bags to watch The Lion King (obviously) in our Serengeti campsite, our guide unzipped our tent and put our flip flops inside, exclaiming, “don’t leave your shoes outside the tent or the hyena’s will eat them.” Umm…come again? Not the most comforting thing to hear before falling asleep.
We woke up before sunrise the next morning to head out in the Serengeti on our game drive. Straight off the bat, we saw a leopard eating an antelope for breakfast. We continued on the drive and saw lots and lots of wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, a pride of lions and warthogs. We were actually visiting during the great migration, so we saw massive numbers of wildebeest and zebras on the move together. Those were the main two migrating animals. And now for lots of photos take during our morning game drive through the Serengeti…
On our return back to camp for our lunch, we stumble upon a pride of lions having their lunch. They were feasting on a wildebeest.
After lunch, we headed back into the Serengeti to make our way to Ngorongoro Crater where we would camp for the night. Before our game drive through Ngorongoro the next morning, we had a friend visit us in the campsite. Apparently the elephant smelled our delicious breakfast and wanted to come over to say good morning.
Our game drive through the crater was phenomenal. We drove down and immediately saw Mufasa dining on a zebra for breakfast. We sat around and watched as he finished and a pack of hyena’s moved in for their breakfasts. We actually stayed with Mufasa for a while as he lazily made his way around the crater. He was pretty bad a*s and strolled about a foot from our car at one point. We rounded out seeing the big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino) when we came across a rhino. He actually crossed the road about 5 feet in front of our car. Another highlight was the two families of ostriches that we came across with the cutest little ostrich babies ever!
All in all, our three-day, two-night safari was the best ever!! Driving through amazing African landscapes, seeing the BIG FIVE and other wonderful animals and non-stop singing of The Lion King soundtrack. Okay, that did get stuck in my head and after a while I had to put in the iPod to get “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” out of my head, but it was obviously the perfect music to accompany our trek! (just writing that put it back in my head again…crap!!)