Living the Wildlife {Africa}

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Living the Wildlife {Africa}

Our safari experience gave us a different perspective and greater appreciation of nature and wildlife! Our game drives took place in some of the world’s heritage parks in Tanzania.

We were fortunate to see the Big Five Game Animals which are 1. Lion 2. Buffalo 3. Rhino 4. Leopard 5. Elephant. The Big Five are known to be the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot and are among Africa’s greatest wild animals. Leopards, cheetahs, lions are the hardest to find because they blended so well with the grass and trees.

There is no guarantee that you will see the Big Five Game Animals and/or the great migration. Don’t visit Africa with high expectations or else you may leave disappointed. Yes most of us want to see a wild animal kill its prey but you can’t control animals in their natural habitat.

Tarangire National Park

We rode bikes to the entrance of this park. Click here to read more about our bike riding adventure. This was our first game drive experience. Tarangire is known for its herd of elephants and it’s the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. We enjoyed watching elephant families roaming around in their natural habitat.

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Lake Manyara National Park

This was the smallest park we visited in Tanzania. It consists of a big shallow lake where you can find flocks of flamingos and it’s home to tree-climbing lions (unfortunately we didn’t see any). I got a great shot of a giraffe, they are camera shy!

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Ngorongoro Crater 

As soon as we drove into this place, I knew right away it was going to be my favorite safari! A game drive amidst Africa mountains and the best place for the Big 5. Ngorongoro Crater is one of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Millions of years ago a volcano erupted creating the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera. It’s the most popular safari destinations so it can get pretty crowded.

We got lucky and pulled up to a wounded lioness. We had her all to ourselves! She used our vehicle for shade then got up to my husband’s GoPro right in front of her face.

This park is where we spotted a Black Rhino but from a distance.

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Serengeti National Park

This park is also on the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its known for the migration. The Serengeti plains consists of millions of acres, the largest park we visited.

The annual migration of the wildebeest is one of the world’s extravagant events where millions of wildebeest followed by zebras and gazelles migrate throughout the Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Their movement varies on weather and they go in search for food and water. Their journey has its challenges due to the crossing of the Grumeti River and Masai Mara River filled with hungry crocodiles. Unfortunately we didn’t witness the spectacular sighting of the river crossing as we were on the west side of the Serengeti. Migration starts as early as December, however, peak season starts July-November. We went late June-early July so we didn’t get to see the migration at its peak but we were happy to see a glimpse of it.

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Birds Galore!

There is an abundance and overwhelming number of wildlife and beautiful birds. Our guide gave us a checklist with multiple pages to help keep track of what we saw during our game drives and an encyclopedia to refer to. 

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P.S. What wildlife have you seen and where? I would love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below even if it’s just to say hello :).

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