Safari is the Swahili word for journey. Starting from Arusha, our tour first led us west to the Tarangire national park. From there we followed the long and dusty red earth roads to the Serengeti, taking us past fertile plains, Maasai villages and plateaus of barren beauty . On the way back, we explored the Ngorongoro crater. We slept in tents on campsites within or next to the parks and animals were visiting us at night-time. One night, zebras were grazing right next to our tents. Wildlife was abundant and seeing the animals in their natural environment was more impressive than I had imagined it before. During the five days, we spotted the “big five” (lion, elephant, rhino, African buffalo, leopard) and many more animals.
To reduce costs, I arranged the safari after my arrival in Arusha, which was an adventure on its own. Hopping from one safari operator office to the next, I was lucky to find a possibility to join a group on a trip starting the following day. The other group members turned out to be fun and together with our driver Aziz and chef Peter we spent the next five days in a Toyota Landcruiser.