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Six Things Worth Seeing in Moshi Tanzania

Our last day in Tanzania and we had no specific plans before our flight. I called up our tour operator and asked them to send a driver to take us around Moshi. This post was inspired by that trip’s most memorable moments. Moshi, population 184,000, is probably best known to those who have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. It and Arusha are the two most likely places for climbers to stay before and after their trek. When researching for our safari, I...

Tanzania Safari – Day 7 – Ngorongoro Crater

DESCENDING INTO THE NGORONGORO CRATER Breakfast officially started at 6:30 AM, but we were to have an early start and had requested our meal at 6:00 AM. We were out the door and on our way to pick up the rest of our group a half an hour later. Today was our last day on safari and our second to last day in Tanzania. We were going to descend the 2,000 feet deep caldera to the floor of the Ngorongoro...

Tanzania Safari – Day 6 – Ngorongoro Highlands

SUNRISE OVER THE SERENGETI With some of our group staying at a nearby campground I wondered about the logistics of us all meeting up to see the sunrise. Our tented camp was surrounded by hills that blocked any chance of seeing the horizon, so we would have to drive out some distance to have a decent view. As always, I needn’t have worried. Our guide had everyone picked up in plenty of time to watch the sun break through the...

Ten Non-Animal Reasons to Go on Safari in the Serengeti

If you are anything like me when you think of going on safari in the Serengeti National Park you think about seeing the Big Five animals and the Great Migration. You don’t necessarily think about the landscape. Throughout my time in the park I was constantly astounded by the beauty of the place. I hope you enjoy these few moments I was able to capture. 1. dust & wind Dust whirlwinds sweep across the savanna stirred up by the hot...

Tanzania Safari – Day 5 – The Serengeti

A FULL DAY ON SAFARI IN THE SERENGETI! We woke up early, ate the buffet breakfast, packed our picnic lunch, and headed out for the day. The night before, I had a long conversation with our driver about our priorities for today. Our goal was a simple one – see as many different types of animals as possible. The safari guides and drivers all make use of radios to communicate with each other about the latest animal sightings. Unfortunately, our...

Tanzania Safari – Day 4 – The Serengeti and Kati Kati Tented Camp

OUR FIRST HOURS IN THE SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK After hours on the road, we finally arrived at the entrance to the Serengeti National Park. The entrance has a large picnic area, a couple of convenience / souvenir shops, and a few administrative buildings. We sat down to enjoy our picnic lunch while waiting for our driver to sort out our permits. Finally, after about half an hour, we popped up the roof of our vehicle and headed into the Serengeti....

Tanzania Safari – Day 4 – Karatu to The Serengeti

OUR ACCOMMODATION IN KARATU Between Lake Manyara and The Serengeti lies the small ward of Karatu, population approximately 18,000. Karatu’s ideal location means that it is a popular place for tour groups to stop for the night on the way in and out of the Serengeti and our group was no different. As I mentioned before, we choose the lodge option for our safari. So while the rest of our group headed off to camp, we were dropped off at...

Tanzania Safari – Day 3 – Lake Manyara

LAKE MANYARA You know you have arrived at Lake Manyara National Park when the treetops become filled with birds. The roadside is quite literally stained white from the hundreds of storks living above it. We stopped at the entrance gate to eat lunch and wait for Rasidi to get our permit from the park office. One of the nice things about being on safari is the boxed lunch. Today’s box contained fried chicken, chicken salad, banana, hard-boiled egg, cake, bread,...

Tanzanian Safari – Day 3 – Moshi to Arusha

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT MY ACCOMMODATION IN MOSHI I have to admit I was worried about what my accommodation in Moshi was going to be like. Now, when I was younger I stayed at hostels and other ultra-budget places, but these days I want a bit more comfort. While I am willing to pay slightly more for that comfort, cost is still always a consideration. A friend of mine had been to Moshi earlier in the year, traveling with a...

Tanzania Safari – Day 2 – Arusha National Park

My first safari! While waiting for my friend Kay to finish her descent from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, I went on a safari to Arusha National Park. The night before at the Nyange Adventures’ office I found out that I was the only person booked for the day safari. I asked who my guide would be and they asked me if I liked my airport driver. Yes, I did like Edward. I felt comfortable with him, he seemed very...