Honeymoon Travels: Tanzania - Part ONE
Ever since I watched the Lion King many years ago, I had a great desire to go to Africa. I told myself I would go on safari one day and meet Simba, Timone and Pumba in person, so it was a no-brainer that for the honeymoon (or post-wedding holiday, as I like to call it), we would go to Africa. Luckily, my husband was also up for the adventure!
One of the most marvelling spectacles of nature and the animal kingdom is The Great Migration, which is the annual journey of two million wildebeest crossing into the Masai Mara in Kenya from the Serengeti in Tanzania. The best time to visit is between December and May when you can see the migration in full force. We visited Tanzania in June, so caught the tail end of The Great Migration. We were told that the vast plain land of the Serengeti is completely packed out with zebras and wildebeest. By jeep car, it seemed that much of the Tanzanian plain land was empty, but from atop our hot air balloon, we could see the last few hundred or so zebra travelling in the animal version of a caravan, like marching ants, making their way into Kenya.
We arrived in Arusha (the capital of Tanzania) and stayed for one night so that we could recharge and refuel after the long flight before commencing on our safari. Clad in our khaki and stone colour apparel, and binoculars in tow, we were ready for our African adventure.
We spent five days on safari, touring from national parks to sunken craters searching for Simba and his friends in our private safari jeep, all with the help of Nick French – our knowledgeable travel advisor from The Africa Specialist. Nick was instrumental in ensuring we had the time of our lives on Safari and was great in answering our specific queries and helped us make the most of our trip by always being open and transparent with the cost of excursions etc, which we hugely appreciated as a Safari holiday can be quite costly
Our first stop was Lake Manyara National Park, where none other than Rafiki and his friends (aka baboons) greeted us at the entrance. Lake Manyara is famous for its flamingos, which live in the lake. Unfortunately, we were unable to see them as they were on the other side of the park (that gives you an indication of how vast the park is!)
As our driver rode further into the park, we encountered giraffes, zebra, lions and elephants. The latter isn’t always easy to find, (despite their size); it can be tricky to locate them, but just as we were about to leave the park, we suddenly heard a slight rustle in the bushes, and just like that, out appeared a small herd of African Elephants, of which there were three calfs. Their hips swayed gently from side to side as they silently and majestically moved across the park, gently tearing leaves from the trees as they went by. Seeing the elephants up close and observing how the baby elephants walk under the shade and protection of their mother was a priceless moment for us.
In Part TWO of Honeymoon Travels, we continue to explore the wonderful wildlife of Tanzania.