An African Safari - The Beginning
 
While sad to leave the Seychelles behind, we were excited to begin our African Safari experience.  Our launching pad was the town of Arusha in Tanzania.  We began by exploring some of the villages surrounding the town, where we were able to visit some of the villages’ schools, churches, clinics and markets.
 
Our first up-close encounter with African wildlife would be a day spent at Arusha National Park.  From there we began our journey towards the Serengeti where we would be just in time to see the great Wildebeest migration – the largest land migration in the world.  Our first stop on the way was Manyara National park, nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, and home to a wonderful array of wildlife – giraffes, elephants, zebras, hippos and more.
 
From Manyara we headed to the Ngorongoro Crater, justified in its claim to be on of the “Wonders of the Natural World” The Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, and is surrounded by very steep walls rising almost 2,000 feet from the floor and covering an area of 260 square kilometers  The day we spent driving across the crater floor, provided us with amazing encounters with four of Africa’s Big Five animals (elephants, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo and leopard), and countless other amazing wildlife.  In terms of animal viewing in a single day, I think this day was at the top of the list.  We spent our nights in a beautiful traditionally-built thatched roof and wooden stilted house perched atop the cliff’s edge with incredible views of the action down below, and right in front of us! We waked in the morning to find zebra and buffalo dining on the lawn in front of our house (the lodge staff told us because of the numbers of animals grazing on the grass, they are fortunate to not have to employ any lawn mowers).
An African Safari - The Beginning
May 24th - 30th, 2007
Arusha and Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
Tanzania
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