S = Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

I’ve written several times in previous blog posts about climbing Kilimanjaro in 2009, but our adventure in Tanzania did not end there.  Our week on the famous mountain was then followed by a week on the Serengeti.

One of the several lodges we stayed in on the Serengeti.

In preparing for this safari, Gilles and I had bought binoculars in the hope – and cautious expectation – that they would help us to see the animals.

It turns out the binoculars were completely unnecessary.  I never imagined that the wildlife would actually come to us.

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This little guy nearly got us stampeded by his nervous mom.

It was such a thrill to have witnessed the famous annual migration of the wildebeests and zebras in search of fresh grazing.

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It was fascinating to watch thousands and thousands of stampeding animals racing across the savannah in virtual silence.  It was like someone had muted the sound button. Periodically we would be ‘stranded’ on the small dirt road waiting for the long line of animals to finish crossing the road.

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When we finally returned back home, I would occasionally catch myself looking off to the side of the road on my way to work, half expecting to see a giraffe or zebra there.  It took a while before I stopped looking.

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Some adventures are more memorable than others and experiencing the Serengeti was definitely in the magical category.

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  1. I am actually planning to travel to Tanzania. My concern is how organize an authenthic and not touristic trip. Safari, Kilimanjaro + Zanzibar would be the main destinations.



  2. That looking for animals by the side of the road is a sure sign you have Africa in your blood, Joanne!

    Even when I drive in the city and find a branch lying in the road, my first thought is “elephant!”…


  3. What a magical adventure you had in the Serengeti! The pictures are amazing, especially that second one, the one with the zebras in the puddle in the road. Amazing! Thank you for sharing that with us.


  4. Wow. That is so cool and amazing. I love your photos, Joanne. The one of the zebras in the dirt road is exceptional. I hope Tanzania realize what a prize they have in their natural beauty and work hard to preserve it. I would love to see those sights. What a treat!


    • It’s really sad that I don’t know more about the efforts of Tanzania and Kenya to preserve the Serengeti, but I think they are very committed to it.

      It has been 7 years since I was there, so I have no idea what it’s like now … but it was pretty wild, clean, and uncommercial back then … except for all the tour jeeps with groups like us!
      … but everything you carried in, you carried out.

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  5. You and Gilles captured gorgeous and unforgettable photos, Joanne. That baby elephant was curious and cute. The zebras I am in awe of; while the giraffe seems “shy.” Not sure why but I put human emotions on the beautiful wild creatures but I do believe they have amazing minds and senses. 🙂


  6. Wow.
    Look at those zebras at the water hole.
    Gosh those are great photos! What an amazing experience to have! 🙂
    When I was younger, my friend and I used to say we’d go be old ladies together in Africa. Maybe get eaten by a lion. Sometimes we still talk about it. I say no Safari until I’m ready to die. lol I’ve grown to be such a chicken!


    • All I can say is, I wouldn’t want to be facing a lion unprotected.
      I have a chubby, well-fed kitty who still has a remarkable hunter’s instinct. The big cats however are hunting to survive and they mean business!! I can think of much better ways to die!!

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  7. There is nothing quite like Africa. And African wildlife. Your photo of the zebras in the puddle is magnificent – so beautifully composed, circling around and fading into the grass. When I went on a camping trip through Southern Africa countries I was not expecting to see so much wildlife, in fact we became quite nonchalant at spotting zebra!

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    • Oh yes … the animal-whisperer!! You would have an amazing time!

      One morning outside our ground floor patio were 2 dik-diks not more than 6 feet away. They’re like miniature deer about a foot and a half high with these tiny little horns. OMG – even I squealed with delight 🙂

      On the other hand, you do have to be escorted between your room and the lodge because of lions :/

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  8. Oh Joanne, I love the photo of the zebras standing in the little water hole on the road. Fabulous! I can only imagine how amazing that was to see so many zebra and wildebeest running past your vehicle. Did they or any of the other animals come too close for comfort other than the mama elephant? That would be my only concern. I love kitty-cats, but not the big ones with big teeth if they are staring through the windshield.


  9. Oh my! This is beyond words … I can only imagine what it must feel like to have taken these photos! Not only are they great shots, but just to have experienced this in real life … the stuff we only see on TV! Awww … 🙂


    • Exactly, Rebekah! It’s surreal when a very large mommy elephant is staring you down about to charge and your driver says it’s time to leave NOW!
      It was an amazing experience – and I never got tired of seeing another zebra or another giraffe. Each one made me smile 🙂

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    • I haven’t been to South Africa, but it is on my wish list. There are so many amazing parks in the area I would love to visit.
      In fact there is a marathon that runs through one of the parks. The park rangers monitor and control the location of the lions so the runners don’t become *sport* for the wildlife. I tried to convince Gilles that it would be a great race for him to try.
      He accused me of trying to collect his life insurance 😉

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  10. Oh my. This A to Z challenge has taken me to some interesting places around the world. But your post is wonderful. What an amazing experience. Thank you so much for including this in your alphabet. Safari is going to the top of my bucket list now 🙂


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