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...

Tanzania Safari – Day 1 – Hong Kong to Moshi

After years of constantly arriving incredibly late, I decided this time would be different and left for the airport four hours before my flight. Thanks to the efficiencies of Hong Kong public transport I ended up at the airport one hour later. Airports are not fun places to hang out in. I think I prefer rushing in at the last-minute. Ahead of me was an eight-hour flight to Doha, Qatar, a five-hour layover, and then another eight-hour flight to Kilimanjaro...