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I did see Wildebeest | Serengeti Migration

I did see Wildebeest | Serengeti Migration

I did see wildebeest|  Serengeti Migration | Ngorongoro and Serengeti | Best time for Serengeti Migration | Tanzania East Africa  | Tanzania Safari | Travel to Tanzania

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Back from the first visit to Tarangire and Serengeti North. Another fantastic trip! And yes I did see wildebeest…..so many I have had my fill for a while.

Firstly a quick summary of the itinerary:

  • Amsterdam-Kilimanjaro direct flights (on return a stop at Dar to pick up passengers)
    Overnight Moivaro Lodge Arusha
    2 nights Tarangire Muwe Ninga Camp with private guide and vehicle
    Coastal flight Kuro via Arusha to Kogatende
    4 nights Serengeti Mara Lemala Mara Camp
    Coastal flight Kogatende to Kilimanjaro

After a relatively hassle free flight I landed at Kilimanjaro. I then had to run the gauntlet of the immigration system. First to this window, then to another queue only to be told on reaching the window I was supposed to be at another. At least I am getting the hang of the first 4 fingers, then thumb and repeat with the other hand process. After a somewhat lengthy wait I had my visa and I was officially in Tanzania.

A quick car journey to Arusha and I arrived at the lodge. I cannot tell you too much about the Moivaro Lodge as I arrived at approx 9pm and left the next morning at 8am. What I can say is that my dinner of green banana soup was excellent (too late for much more), the rooms clean and spacious and the breakfast would satisfy all tastes.

The next morning was an 8am start to head to Tarangire. For this part of the trip I had a private vehicle. The previous evening I had discussed various options with my guide Samwel. He advised there would be enough to see especially around the waterholes and the river and I decided to head into the park and stay out until late afternoon. We would leave arriving at camp until as late as possible to maximise game viewing. We had lunch boxes, lots of water so we were ready for whatever the day would bring.

On the drive to Tarangire I went past several large farms, especially those for coffee. Also small holdings which had a good mix of crops. Along the road I saw new Maasai warriors on a couple of occasions. Their faces painted with white chalk, dressed in black cloaks having completed their circumcision ceremony. We also passed by thatched Maasai houses, the idea of covering them with cow dung to keep the warm in or the cold out and it also acting as a deterrent for tsetse flies seemed like a very good idea. Even more so after a few more days experience of said tsetse flies!

Open channels in the ground were an indication of the problems of building houses and growing crops in this area. The sun sucking moisture out of the ground leading to highly unstable earth which would open up into big channels. Impossible to use. It was the dry season and dotted along the road there were still a few waterholes. With cattle and goats being driven to them to get to the precious water.

We soon reached the park entrance. And there was my first baobab tree. In my reading before the trip I had found out that Tarangire was known for these strange trees. There within a few seconds of my arrival was my first one. Bereft of leaves, it did look like it was upside down with its roots pointing up into the sky. The baobab trees are going to be a lasting memory of Tarangire.

 

….. I will continue….

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