FULL DISCLOSURE: This awesome and amazing safari actually occurred almost two weeks ago, BUT my excitement just couldn’t be contained.
While I was in Tanzania running from the elections I had the opportunity to go on a one-day safari in the Tarangire National Park, a three hour drive from Moshi.
Touring jeeps are actually make for a surprisingly comfortable ride, although I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. Katrina and Stephanie certainly were comfortable, as they spent the majority of the ride there sleeping!
After three hours and one expensive pit stop (I am seriously not going to be paying US$20 for Maasai bracelets in the middle of Tanzania when I can get them at Kibuye back in Kisumu for less than $2), we were there!
Our guide Freddie popped the top of our jeep and we were off, standing crowded together with the wind and dust in our hair, ready to see some animals.
And animals we did see!
The first thing we saw were elephants and they decided to stop our caravan right in its tracks and cross the road. It looked very Beatles-esque so I had to take a picture.
We actually saw a LOT of elephants during our safari, many of which came quite close to our jeep!
We didn’t see any lions, but these lionesses were sleeping oh-so-gracefully under the shade of a Baobob tree. No matter their size, cats are the rulers of awkward sleep habits.
We didn’t get to see a giraffe up close, but we did get to see one eating a tree in the distance as well as three bathing in a river (which I unfortunately did not get a picture of).
The most exciting thing we saw though was a cheetah! Apparently you can go on a five-day safari without ever seeing one, but we got to track this one for a half and hour!
All in all, we got to see zebra, elephants, giraffe wildebeests, warthogs, various gazelles, sleeping lionesses, muffin-pilfering vervet monkeys, birds of various types, and an elusive dik-dik!
All in all, it was an exciting, successful, and exhausting safari!