postheadericon A bit of Safari Life

My days are usually filled with daily routine and a lot of work – as it may be all over the world. Housework may be a bit more difficult, time taking and stronger than somewhere in the first world. But all in all, after a time, you loose the feeling of „doing something special“ or having a special life.

But even so, I never forget, that I am living in a such wonderful place and that I am blessed to have the chance to see „my“ country from time to time. On Easter Holiday, I enjoyed another bit of Safari Life. Together with my Swiss Family, the Interteam Development Workers Linda and Florian from Musoma, I travelled to Lake Natron. Linda and Flo have that huge Land Cruiser, in which everything needed for safari fits in: fuel for the car, water, food, tents, gaz cooker, kitchen equipment, tools and so on.

We started in Musoma and took one of the roads passing the Serengeti. The gate we entered Tanzanias best knwon and biggest National Parc is not very popular to tourists and not very much used. It was quite hard to find someone to get the permission and paying the park fee was not possible at all. But that is not a problem at all, as you have to show your permission by leaving anyway again and at the gate, we planned to leave the parc, there is a propre office…

After miles and miles passing the savannah (spotting elephants, giraffes, buffalos, antilopes, zebras, gnus, warthogs, bushpigs, kudus, oryx, vultures and many more habitants of the Serengeti) and spending a night in a rather cold place called Waso, we reached Lake Natron. Not without having a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. But Linda and Florian are real „fundis“ and can fix everything on their car, I guess. At Ngare Sero we found a place where they could fix the tire and a campground with really good sanitation facilities and friendly Maasai hosts. As we were travelling out of the touristic season, we were the only guests there and enjoyed our time. At sunrise, we went with our guide to the lake, enjoyed the view of the sun rising behind a mountain and spotted the flamingos, Lake Natron is famous for. Even it was not breeding season when the lake is crowded of flamingos, there were quite many of them. At the lake shore, we spotted zebras, gnus and giraffes.

On our way back from Lake Natron, we stayed in the Serengeti over night. There are some lodges and different styles of campgrounds in the National Parc. Public Campgrounds are areas, where you find a covered place to eat, toilets and showers and sometimes covered sheds for your tent. That’s it. There is no fence, no ranger, no host – just you and the creatures of the Serengeti. And (out of season!) we were just the three of us out there in the wilderness under the most beautiful stars sprinkled sky. Going to toilet in pairs… Not locking the car to have the chance to jump in, in case an unfriendly „visitor“ is looking for food or so… At night, buffalos were grazing around our tents and shortly before sunrise, a bunny was hopping around the place.

We enjoyed our holidays, thankful being in a country, where your „backyard“ is like paradise may have been before human beings messed it up… Now back in daily routine, we all have some new plans in our minds.

2 Responses to “A bit of Safari Life”

  • Ah, sounds great! I would love to be back in Tanzania right now instead of waiting for the summer to arrive in Norway! Luckily have have my next adventure planned – Central Asia. After that, who knows where I will end up travelling 🙂 I really want to visit too many countries, but Rwanda and Uganda are two of them. Quite close to Tanzania 😀

    • Susafrika:

      Pole! I am already so used to climate that I feel freezing around 22 degree celsius… Central Asia sounds great, you will have many unforgettable experiences and memories. And if you plan to visit Uganda and Rwanda, let me know. If I will be still in Tanzania, we have to meet!!!!! Kabisa!

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