Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Serengeti, Tanzania

We left Dubai and headed for a whole different landscape on Monday. We got to the Kilimanjaro airstrip and then split in to two groups. Most of us went to the Serengeti Plains, but a few who had done this safari already went to the Ngorongo Crater. To the Plains we had a 55 minute flight in a hot and musty four engine plane that landed on a gravel runway. A little scary!

Here is our vehicle!

On the way to the Serengeti Sopa Lodge we saw lion cubs, a Leopard (which is really rare) with its lunch in the tree next to it, a dog looking fox, zebras, giraffes, Taris, and some other animals! And that was not even on the safari!

Oh, and this thing. Don't I look beautiful after traveling to the Serengeti all day? Ha!

We had dinner at the lodge and went to bed. Tuesday morning we were up and left the lodge at 8 for our Safari. It was amazing! We were so close to the animals you could hardly believe it! One of the neatest life experiences I think there is. We had a "bush lunch" that was so good at noon and then continued are safari. Here is a sample of what we saw!


Oh and this was our Nat Geo moment when there lions did the dirty right there in front of us. It was pretty awkward...until Larry (my aunt's husband) asked, "So is she going to light up a cigarette now?" It was so funny. Larry has kept us entertained this entire trip.
The Great Migration! Zebras and Wildabeasts travel together and it was so neat to see them! I mean as far as the eye can see there were zebras and wildabeasts!

She was telling us to leave her and her family alone! So we did!

We got back to the lodge at around 4 and cleaned up from the wind blown drive! Then we had a Q & A session and cocktails by the pool with local Messi Tribes men and women who sang and danced.

World's worst picture

We ate dinner at the lodge and then crashed! We had to leave the next morning by 7! So early! On the way back to the airstrip we saw even more animals! And we even saw a hippo out of the water! So cool! Diana said it was like seeing a Whale walking on land!

I have so many more pictures so I will have to show them all to you sometime!


TradingNuggets said...

Awesome! Just Awesome!

Enjoy and thanks for the story and images.


Ginny said...

I'm with Jack - AWESOME! I know you are enjoying every minute and so are we, thanks to you!