Just want to say a massive thank you to Christine for our amazing safari
The places we visited were fantastic and we had a truly special time. We would definitely recommend Go2Tanzania for anyone planning to go on safari.
Here's a quick rundown of our trip:
Tarangire Safari Lodge
Highlights here included loads of elephants, watching 2 groups come together at a watering hole including babies rolling in the mud, zebra, giraffes, buffalo, leopard, cheetahs and a lion. Also had an afternoon of rain (in the dry season!) but then that’s because we were there! Amazing view from the terrace with sundowners and nibbles. Great food and friendly staff. Stunning scenery – it’s just how we imagined the African landscape to look with acacia and baobob trees.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Travelled via Lake Manyara where there were baboons galore! Also hippos, lots of bird life, blue monkeys. Yes it’s a large hotel but really handy for entry into the crater and nice to have a proper bathroom with a door for a change! Saw a lioness with a cub after only 20 minutes, also later the same day a male and female lion really quite close to the road. Saw 2 black rhino albeit at a distance, also the usual elephants, zebra, antelopes etc. Zebra and antelopes were starting to get run-of-the-mill by this point! We knew it would be colder here but one particular morning it really was quite chilly for a good 3 hours but then it’s amazing how quickly it heats up.
Then it was time to say our goodbyes to our guide Rodgers who was brilliant. He had driven us around for 4 days making sure we had the best possible experience and it took me by surprise how sad we were to say goodbye to him.
Ubuntu Tented Camp Serengeti
We then flew to Ubuntu Camp in north Serengeti for 2 nights. We were supposed to fly to Kogatende but the airstrip had been washed away the previous day by the nearby river which burst it’s banks. We therefore landed at Lamai which was much further away and in the building storm got transferred between guides, travelling at break neck speed through the Serengeti, eventually arriving in the dark and torrential rain. It was certainly an adventure! Here we shared a guide with an American couple who we now class as our friends and spent a really fun day waiting for the wildebeest to cross the Mara river. We didn’t take lunch with us as hadn’t expected to be out all day but we felt certain the wildebeest would cross and didn’t want to risk missing it. A sister camp to Ubuntu met up with us and let us share their lunch. Another highlight was bartering for drinks with other safari-goers! After a 10 hour wait the wildebeest finally crossed the river and despite a crocodile giving it a good go all crossed safely! It was truly awesome. The food at Ubuntu was incredible, proper restaurant quality and the staff were so friendly. In hindsight I wish we had booked for 3 nights.
The safari had to end at some point and we felt so lucky to have seen all that we did. We managed to squeeze in a really close up cheetah on the way to the airstrip as well as a rescue mission to help another vehicle out of a steep ditch!
We flew onto Zanzibar for a week where we stayed at Breezes Beach Club and Spa. Time for some well deserved R&R. The hotel was lovely, people friendly and we had a beautiful room overlooking the beach. We may have missed somewhere in the literature that Gents have to wear long trousers for dinner so bear that in mind anyone who may be going there!
We booked our trip 18 months in advance and it was well worth the wait! Feel free to share this on Facebook – I couldn’t work out how to do it!