We booked our trip through a travel agent for eight days in Tanzania in April. We were on a guided tour, with a driver. The vehicles can accommodate up to 7 customers plus the driver, but there only ended up being one other person besides the three of us. The trip ended up happening over my birthday, even though it really wasn't planned that way. But it was one of the best birthday presents ever; maybe second only to Chancie, my first horse that was my 14th birthday present.
|Any birthday presents including equines is a good birthday present
|Not your normal, everyday sight
Our first full day in Tanzania was spent driving to and through Tarangire National Park. We saw elephants, zebras, cape buffalos, vervet monkeys, baboons, giraffes, impala, gazelles, and probably more that I'm forgetting. It honestly didn't feel real. I kept expecting to see fences, or zoo keepers. Like, is this real life? Our hotel was in the middle of the park and at night we had to be escorted from the main reception/dining room of the hotel to our rooms in separate building because the wildlife can wander in. We did see monkeys and warthogs on the grounds of the hotel.
The third day was supposed to be a 6-7 hour to the Serengeti National Park, but ended up being almost 12 hours due to stops and wildlife sightings. Almost as soon as we entered the park we saw a cheetah just chilling on the side of the rode, not 15 feet from us. Dude totally didn't care that we were there snapping pic after pic. Our hotel in Serengeti was once again in the middle of the park with no fences and we had to be escorted back and forth to our rooms.
|Younger male lion by the river bank
Our last full day in Tanzania was spent driving down into the crater. Here we were able to cross the last of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo) off the list. We were able to see two black rhinos. We weren't able to get close to them but I was amazed at how big the older one's horn was. Much, much bigger than anything I've seen in a zoo. We ended the day by having a pregnant lioness walk up to our truck, lie down next to us and take a nap. She was so close my dad could have reached his hand out of the window and pet her.
|Just using the running board as an arm rest