This morning we woke up at 5:30am and aimed to be ready for 6am to have some tea and biscuits (yes, I know random eh). Today was our second day in the Serengeti and we were due to have a half day game drive before lunch. We took the roof down and drove back into the park where we spent a good few hours driving around and spotting some incredible animals including more giraffes, zebras, a pride of lions hunting tonnes of wildebeest, a family of baboons, a family of leopards hiding up on some boulders, hippos chilling in the water hyaena and buffalo. It would probably be easier to name what we didn't see, because we spotted so many amazing animals at every turn. It also turns out that we have seen 4/5 of the Big 5- which are the rare animals to spot on African safaris including the lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant so all we need to spot is the rhino next which apparently we will spot in Ngorogoro tomorrow.
Driving around the Serengeti today really was an unbelievable experience and it proved to me that adding the extra park to the itinerary was so worth it. Later on, on the drive back to camp I even realised that this was one of the most remarkable experiences I've ever had in my travelling life so far. I found myself sometimes comparing the ever changing landscapes to different parts of the world id been to before but at the end of the day, Africa was Africa and there really is no comparison. The Serengeti proved magical as we drove through areas of oasis, and then savannah and then back out into green hillsides. We were constantly snapping our cameras out of the driving car in a 'blink or you'll miss it' kind of way because literally, you would. It was some of the most diverse landscapes I've ever seen in my life and I felt like I was truly in the heart of Africa.
When we drove back to camp, we had a lovely vegetarian quiche, chips and salad along with some meat for the carnivores here, which was super delicious. Our young cook Godfrey was very efficient and such a nice guy who looked after us very well at each meal and especially catering my vegetarian meals. After lunch we get back in the car headed to out the entrance gate and after a bit of a delay with paperwork, we finally departed and started our journey through the rolling green hills and Masai villages. The view from the Serengeti national park back into Ngorogoro Conservation area provided a vast landscape and a sweet variety of scenes to suit every taste, but I'm pretty sure it would all be likeable to most people.
When we finally arrived at the Simba camp site, we set up our tents near the huge beautiful tree. After a shower, I grabbed my yoga mat and headed to a quiet grassy area overlooking the hills with a the sun setting right behind me. I practiced pranayama, asana and meditation over an hour and a half which was probably one f the best self practices I ever had. I felt truly happy afterwards and thanked my lucky stars for the gift of the view this evening. As the sun set, I headed back and had some dinner before heading to bed to prepare for a newly start to the Ngorogoro crater the next morning. In the beginning got was hard to see how the first day could be beaten, and then the second day and then the third day, but it somehow just happened. Each day we experienced a totally different environment with familiar and new wild animals around us. It was one if the best experiences I've ever had, and we still had one more day to go. My my my, Africa you know how to impress.