Lions, Hippos, and Giraffes Oh My (God!)

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If a visit to Tanzania isn’t on your bucket list, you need to add it NOW. What a magical place. Even David Attenborough cannot do justice to the breathtaking view of Mount Kilimanjaro (which was apparently very rare to see from where we were cycling), the abundance of wildlife in the Ngorogoro Crater (home to 20,000-25,000 large mammals), and the spectacular expanses of the Serengeti.

At the crater, we spotted lions, rhinos, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs, ostriches, gazelle, hyenas, jackal, hippos, flamingos and more – all within our first half hour. By the end of our first day, we’d seen elephants, buffalo, giraffes, monkeys and, last but not least, leopards, rounding out the big five (very lucky!).

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We had a mini party every time we saw a new animal (blow horns, singing and yes even dancing). The khaki-clad-overweight-middle-aged-muzungos were not at all pleased but we really couldn’t contain our excitement and the animals didn’t even flinch at the commotion.

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Our guide Amani, a Maasai, was fantastic! He not only knew everything there was to know about the region and its animals and people, he also sang and danced with us!

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The giant herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelle stretched in every direction, as far as the eye could see, for kilometers on end. I can only imagine how disorienting it would be see the same animals during their great migration!

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