It was 6:30am when I awoke with the sun at Tiga Safari Lodge. I decided to take my yoga mat outside of my tent and do some self practice in this beautiful quiet surrounding before the rest of the world woke up. An hour passed by and before I knew it, it was time for breakfast. Breakfast was served just after 8:30 when we were all ready. We had some lovely fresh fruit, chapati, eggs and toast while we waited for the others from our new group to arrive to join us. Not long after, the others arrived, the others being Philip from Australia and Lieve from Belgium who would replace the other guys who were off on a different itinerary. We said our goodbyes, packed up our stuff into the car, acquired our 7th member Godfried the cook and headed off towards the Serengeti national park through the Ngorogoro Crater Conservation Area (which we would eventually stop in on our last day coming back to Arusha).
The drive through the Ngorogoro Crater Conservation area was unbelievable and it marked the beginning of a day that we all agreed seemed almost movie like, too good to be true, if you will. We stopped along the way to spot some wild game such as zebras, giraffes, gazelles etc and admire the ever changing landscape of this unique place. We even got a chance to get a sneaky peek at the Ngorogoro crater itself which we would drive down into on our last day.
We continued driving until we got to the Serengeti National Park where we would spend the next few hours after lunch doing a game drive. After lunch we took a walk up to a lookout point over the Serengeti plains which sprawled out in the distance displaying a wide array of colours and shades of nature. It spoiled us at first sight. We hopped in our jeep once again and our driver Kent drove us further into the National Park. We popped the roof off and stood up on our seats, cameras in hand, to spot any wildlife around. The landscape was a true African savannah, the kind you picture Africa to look like but somehow think it couldn't exist like this in real life. The scene changed every mile we drove and we saw tonnes of different animals including zebras, elephants, lions & lion cubs, a family of sleeping cheetahs, herds of elephants at the river, gazelles, ostrich, wildebeest, warthog, giraffes and many more types of bird etc. we were spoiled for choice and I couldn't help but thank my lucky stars for being provided with this experience with nature the way it should be. We all had an amazing day and even the trickles of rain, crazy winds and sounds of thunder made it what it was. Later on we headed to our camp site where we set up our tents, showered and waited for dinner to be served. We chatted in the common area at the table provided for us and enjoyed a really great meal of zucchini soup and spaghetti bolognaise (veggie for me). It was delicious. It wasn't long before we took ourselves and our full bellies to bed for an early night to prepare for a very early start the next day at 6am for a round 2 of this incredible place on earth and we kept in mind that at any point during the night we could be faced with lions or any wild animals so best stay in our tents.
David Attenborough eat your heart out.
Thank you MJ Safaris!