Whenever I thought of visiting Tanzania 5 places have been of interest to me. The 5 must visit on my list were Zanzibar, Dar-es-salaam, Arusha and the Serengeti national park and Ngorongoro crater. Of these I must say, a visit to the Serengeti always fascinated me and looked forward to that time when I could fulfill this bucket list item.
I booked my tour to Serengeti national park and Ngorongoro crater while at the Karibu travel fair in Arusha. This was after I was unable to find a group to join and I decided to travel alone. With confirmations of the lodging and car, I set off with my tour guide to Serengeti. I was really excited and looked forward to visiting this park and I must say it did not disappoint. We had stopovers at various points of interest as he shared about them and their significance in Tanzania.
The Serengeti has such big numbers of game most seen in big herds welcoming you to their natural habitat. I stayed at Mbugani camps right in the middle of Serengeti where I could not get any closer to nature than I was with lions roaring at a distance away, hippos and Buffaloes crazing in the camp grounds and Hyenas laughing in the vicinity. It is hard to describe the beauty that Serengeti is for those whose main interest is the wildlife. Depending on the season, you will see endless herds of the wild-beasts, zebras, impalas, buffaloes etc.
Ngorongoro crater is another beauty that is out of this world. You enjoy the views of the crater from both up and then drive down to even have a closer look at the animals. We first drove through Ngorongoro crater because it is on its way to Serengeti national park and ended with it, this meant that by the time I visited it my hunger for sighting animals was satisfied and all I needed was to top it up with the Rhinos which we unfortunately missed. However this is as amazing as the Serengeti and is highly recommended.
Nevertheless sighting of a Masai young boy who was probably 8 years old grazing his cows a stone throw away from a group of lions was a highlight for me. I later learned from my tour guide that that is the general age of boys who look after the cows, they are raised up to be tough and warriors and taught how to co-exist with wildlife especially lions. The lions I guess have also come to learn about them by sighting the red suka the Masai prefer to wear. This was high level co-existence between the humans and wildlife.
If you must visit one park in Tanzania for wildlife, I recommend the Serengeti national park which can be visited together with Ngorongoro Crater. It really has big herds of animals and you can last a week just exploring it because of its huge size. If you are thinking safari in Tanzania then these two world class destinations should be on your list.