6 days on safari…. Lions, elephants, and cheetahs

What a classic thing to do in Africa. When I think of safari, I think of Ernest Hemmingway. I think of the men with big mustaches in an old land cruiser going on the hunt. It is nothing like that romantic idea. The classic safari includes Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, and wildebeest crossing. We really wanted to go on safari before there are so many limitations and changes that will make it feel too commercial. I couldn’t pack any glamorous gear because I had to limit what I was going to bring on the mountain. It gets so dusty, so you need to be practical.


What to bring:
– Binoculars
– A good camera with a zoom lens
– Sunglasses
– Clothes you don’t mind getting dusty
– Running shoes
– A coat or fleece

It was really important that we got to see the migration and crossing of the wildebeest. Millions of wildebeest cross the river every day. Unfortunately, some get caught on the bank or get trampled if they aren’t fast enough. We flew from Arusha airport to Grumeti Reserve and Ikorongo. You will have to look up where the wildebeest will be during the time of year you decide to visit. The wildebeest move to different areas of the reserve. We arrived on a dirt runway. It was so cool; it reminded me of the what it was like in the 1920s.

The airport!

We got there climbed into our land cruiser that was waiting for us. Our guide named Freddy greeted us. There are so many different guide services but the one we decided to go with wanted us to fly to the north to see the migration. We finally got in the car and literally 5 minutes later we were at the river watching thousands of wildebeests cross the river. It was dusty and whirl of safari cars surrounding the river.

We hung out by the river and ate lunched and had the most incredible view of giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, and impalas in this lush landscape. It is truly unbelievable. We start driving to our camp. On the way, we saw ostriches, elephants, and giraffes. You have to stay in the park, so we stay at these glamping tents. It is nice to stay in a bed after sleeping on the ground when climbing Kilimanjaro. We stayed at the Olakira camp. It was nice to have a beer and a hot meal after driving around all day. We were covered in dirt from the dust of the roads.

Day 2: 

We woke up early to go look for lions. We drove around all day and we found no lions. It was such a bummer but we were able to see so many giraffe and zebras! I love the patterns of these animals, each one is a little different.

Did you know that the zebras also migrate with the wildebeest because the wildebeest can hear really well, but the zebras can see really well, so together they can avoid predators.

This is how we get hot water. We have to tell them to fill up this bucket and its hooked up to a shower.

After a long day, we headed back to camp and had a beer near the fire pit!

Fell asleep listening to the sounds of the animals in the bush.

Day 3:

We headed to the Seronera, another part of the reserve. This place was famous for lions. It was about a 2-hour drive on a dirt road.  Once we got there, we saw so many lions!!! The Lions got so close to the car!!!

In this area of the park, there were a lot more people. It was nice to be in the north you would only see a car every once in a while.  We wandered near a river, and there was a family of elephants!!!

I love elephants!!!

Day 4:

My brother and I out on plains

We made our way to the Serengeti. It is beautiful! It is probably the most popular areas to visit for safari. We saw so many leopards but it is so hard to see them in the trees. I don’t have a good photo of them to show you. But we got lucky and saw cheetahs!!

After another long day of dust and dirt, we made it back to a new camp. I was teasing my brother cause he picked a fancy place to stay! It was called Ole Safari.

It was so nice to have a nice bed and a great shower!

Day 5: 

We left the Seregenti to drive to the Ngorongoro Crater. It was a 3 hour drive to get to the top of the crater. The crater is known for lots of people and being really cold. We dropped into the crater. We saw ostriches and hippos, lots of zebras and wildebeest. We were looking for the black rhino, that is known for being in the crater. We didn’t get to see him on this trip.

No one can stay in the crater so we stayed on the outside rim at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 6: 

We only have a half day for our last day. We wanted to quickly make one more stop before we get back on the airplane. We drove down to Lake Manyara.  We saw some amazing capebuffalo and so many birds.

We were about to drive out of the park and my favorite interaction. We saw a little baby elephant with his mom!


So cute! The little guy was so shy at first and was hiding, but after a while, he came out by the car and showed off for us. It was so cute!!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip this past summer!

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