Honeymoon Travels: Tanzania - Part THREE
One thing, which is a must on Safari, is a hot air balloon ride. This takes place at sunrise and with a bird’s eye view, you can see all the animals that are sometimes difficult to spot during the day because they are either hiding or well camouflaged. The most spectacular part of a hot air balloon ride is seeing the sun ‘rolling high in the sapphire sky’ - (Lion King reference. It just had to be done! This entire post has been leading to this moment!) On the morning of our hot air balloon ride, we were collected in the pitch blackness of the early dawn hours at 4 am. On the way to the hot air balloon, we encountered the night activity of some of the animals. A few hippopotamuses crossed our path, as well as lionesses that were on the hunt for their breakfast. The only light was from the headlights of our jeep, so seeing the lionesses up close at night on their way to a possible kill was just incredible!
In the mornings, we awoke to the most phenomenal view as we unzipped our camping tent to a herd of hundreds of gazelles and giraffe in the distance. Every evening after our safari, we would surround ourselves around the Bushfire, listening to Tanzanian tales of how humans live among animals in the wild, whilst keeping our ears and eyes peeled for wildlife around us. A rather obvious point, but one for us techy folk to note, is that there is no wifi. This is one of the reasons we booked such a holiday, as we wanted to completely immerse ourselves in our surroundings and not have any distractions. If you are worried about your safety, don’t be! There is a guard on watch every night who ensures no animals come nearby, although they did tell us of one such story when a lion cub found itself in the camp and was soon after followed by its mother!
- Serengeti Tanzania Bush Camp prepare daily healthy and wholesome packed lunches for when you are out and about on Safari. In the mornings, breakfast (explain) is served in the middle of the Serengeti whilst the sun paints the sky in hues of pinks and oranges. There is nothing quite like it. You are completely in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by only animals. Apart from the staff at the Bush Camp (of which there were about five), we were completely alone in the Serengeti - (aside from the buffalos, gazelles, and hyenas of course!), until we were joined by a family who arrived two nights later.
- A hot air balloon ride is a must! Personally, this is the best place to go on one, as they are at sunrise and the flight lasts 1 hour as it glides across the vast African plainland. Seeing the animals from this point of view is simply breath-taking. It can be quite costly, but it’s most certainly worth it. After the flight, you are treated to a full English breakfast in the Serengeti. Where else in the world can you enjoy your eggs, hash browns, and beans whilst seeing elephants, zebra, and lions go by?!
In Part FOUR we explore the spice island of Zanzibar for some R&R after our African adventure