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Tanzanian Safari, the Adventure of a Lifetime

It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve been back from Tanzania which means this post is long overdue. It’s just so hard to put into words such an amazing experience and I am still pinching myself in disbelief that I was given the opportunity to explore such a place! Hopefully, between my words and Floyd’s photos, I can share a fraction of the beauty.

I left off last week with our day trip to Zanzibar, and for those like me who are not well versed in African geography, I’ve inserted a map (and who knows, this could help in your next game of Trivial Pursuit)! The morning after our day in Zanzibar, we were picked up at our hotel in Dar es Salaam and took a short flight north to Arusha, a good sized farming and mining town. Already the landscape had drastically changed from a dusty seaside city to lush green pastures.

In Arusha we were picked up by Elias, a gentle soul who would be our driver and guide for the next few days. Elias drove us to our first safari destination, Lake Manyara. All of the safari parks are actually HUGE national parks of conservation land, not unlike our own Yellowstone, where the animals are protected and free to roam. Lake Manyara greeted us with a huge family of baboons upon entering and not long after a giraffe stretched from behind the thick trees. I don’t know about you, but I never imagined some of the African animals living in such a dense jungle. It was amazing. Here in Lake Manyara, we spent the night in a romantic tree house with beds draped in mosquito netting and monkeys swinging from the branches. I thought it was going to be scary, but instead I was in such awe I forgot to even worry about spiders!

From Lake Manyara we drove several hours to Ngorongoro Crater, stopping for pictures of several furry friends along the way! Hippos, gazelles, bison, elephants, and zebra by the dozen all came out to let us gawk at them. I truly became obsessed with watching the little baby monkeys play! Ngorongoro Crater is a magnificent site. Once a volcano that erupted and then collapsed to create the crater, it is over 100 square miles. Our hotel was perched on the crater’s edge providing a spectacular site to wake up and end each day. During the day we drove down with our picnic lunches to explore the bottom where several thousand animals live. We were lucky enough to be on the tail end of rainy season which meant that the flowers were in bloom and it was much greener than the rest of the year.

Leaving Ngorongoro and on our way to the Serengeti, we stopped to visit a Maasai village. The Maasai are a tribe of people who choose to retain their customs and live in the traditional ways of their ancestors. It is estimated that there are 400,000 Maasai living in Tanzania. It was an enlightening experience and we were greeted warmly with a welcome song and dance. But I also found the visit a bit difficult. The beauty of their clothes and spirits shone loud and bright. However, by choosing to live the way they do, which involves building mud huts as their cattle move across the land with no running water, electricity or basic sanitation, means that the children I held and played with all appeared pretty sickly. For me, holding a sick child and not being able to do anything to help is heart wrenching. Not to mention with 10 wives to every man, I had some interesting conversations with the women! I can’t imagine poor Floyd having to put up with 9 more “Megans”! It was definitely an eye-opening experience for us and I’m grateful they were so welcome and open to teaching us about their culture.

Last but certainly not least on our safari adventure was the Serengeti. With grassy plains that stretch as far as the eye could see, lions laying about lazily and wildebeests galore it was seriously a scene right out of The Lion King! I truly enjoyed each unique place Tanzania had to offer. But it was in the Serengeti, standing in the jeep as it flew across the dusty road, looking for “big cats” that I felt my heart was captured by Africa.

  • Laura Trevey

    It looks like a trip of a lifetime!!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:18 am Reply
  • shari @ little blue deer

    Oh wow, that looks like SUCH an amazing trip! I feel like I was there, and I applaud you for forgetting about your fear of spiders, I'm not at all sure I could pull that off! Great photos, too!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:26 am Reply
  • The Zhush

    Wow…what an incredible adventure! Thanks for sharing this here!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:27 am Reply
  • Marian

    This looks like such an amazing trip!! I've always wanted to go to Tanzania (as well as Botswana). The images are breath-taking

    May 25, 2010 at 6:31 am Reply
  • LifestyleBohemia

    I love the photos! Your trip sounds amazing, and tiring! You must need a vacation now 🙂

    May 25, 2010 at 6:45 am Reply
  • N Nicole

    Amazing pics! What an experience…Africa is definitely on my bucket list!

    May 25, 2010 at 7:04 am Reply
  • Café Bellini - Beauty. Yoga. Kids. Life.

    What an amazing travel experience. The photos are stunning! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    May 25, 2010 at 7:05 am Reply
  • Leah

    Oh.. My… God… what a gorgeous and amazing trip! And thanks soo much for posting the map! Super helpful!!!! Your photos are stunning! You should publish them into a book about Aftica… or on Shutterfly at the very least!! This photo is absolutely spectacular:

    May 25, 2010 at 7:10 am Reply
  • Anna

    Oh Megan…my goodness…what an adventure..and by the looks of it..a life changing one…amazing images..thanks so much for sharing your trip with us x

    May 25, 2010 at 7:26 am Reply
  • Shelby Bukhenik

    wow that is all truly amazing! I can't imagine going on a trip like this, sounds like it was really quite something!

    May 25, 2010 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Channon

    Thank you for sharing those photos and tidbits with us. Everyone I know who has been to Africa has been truly moved by the experience…

    May 25, 2010 at 7:49 am Reply
  • Ms. Givens

    Amazing! I couldnt have chosen anything better to read first thing this morning.
    Wonderful pictures too!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:04 am Reply
  • The Boob Nazi

    I would never have imagined the giraffe in that thick of jungle either!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:05 am Reply
  • Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~

    *sighhhhh* .. my dream spot – i ALWAYS and mean ALWAYS wanted to go on a safari – i even blogged about a GREAT location – and i'm head-over-heals for elephants! .. i'm dreammmmminggggg

    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

    May 25, 2010 at 8:12 am Reply
  • Dany-fashiontowear

    what a trip! great pictures!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:17 am Reply
  • Megan (Best of Fates)

    Those photos are just magnificent – it looks like a fantastic experience!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:23 am Reply
  • Sandy a la Mode

    wow, i am soo utterly jealous!! she got to see soo many cute animals up close and in person!! i totally want to visit there someday!! =)

    May 25, 2010 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Lady Baker

    Thank you for sharing this with us! The pictures were amazing!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:35 am Reply
  • Christy

    Love the pics!!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Maddy

    Wow! What an experience! Some of those landscape shots are just magnificent!! I'm sure you'll never see the world the same way :o)

    May 25, 2010 at 8:43 am Reply
  • the southern hostess

    What an amazing trip! I'm so glad you got to experience this.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:48 am Reply
  • Miss Love

    You definitely paint a picture when sharing your trip with us. I am afraid of animals, but you make me want to go on a safari. Thanks for sharing!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:50 am Reply
  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    amazing trip, a safari was never high on my list but I might have to reconsider!! Great photos!!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:51 am Reply
  • Melanie

    Truly astonishing and totally gorgeous.

    Melanie@Unravelled Threads

    May 25, 2010 at 8:57 am Reply

    Now that is an amazing adventure! It's definitely on my dream vacation list. Thanks so much for sharing it with us 🙂

    May 25, 2010 at 9:08 am Reply
  • hip hip gin gin

    Oh my word, that baby monkey just totally killed me he is so cute!! Riding on his mama's back, what a doll! What an amazing trip.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:11 am Reply
  • hip hip gin gin

    Oh my word, that baby monkey just totally killed me he is so cute!! Riding on his mama's back, what a doll! What an amazing trip.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:12 am Reply
  • MCW

    Stunning. Simply amazing. I can imagine seeing and talking to those women and children must have been hard. But, the nomadic way of life is thousands of years old…should they change this and an ancient culture would be obsolete??? I honestly have NO idea?

    May 25, 2010 at 9:25 am Reply
  • Jenni

    absolutely breathtaking!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Tiina

    it looks like a fabulous trip! thanks for sharing your photoes!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:28 am Reply
  • Salt

    Those photos are AMAZING. This truly is the experience of a lifetime. I can't believe you got to sleep in a treehouse!

    (When I was little, I used to want to be a part of Swiss Family Robinson and that's the first thing I thought of…hee hee.)

    May 25, 2010 at 9:29 am Reply
  • SogniSorrisi

    What an amazing experience!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Danielle

    What an incredible opportunity and adventure! The pictures are amazing and seem to be just as I expect that area to look. Sounds like you had an amazing trip but I'm glad you're home safe and sound!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Lisa Griffin

    Wow this trip sounds amazing, the sights, activities, and hotels! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:06 am Reply
  • melifaif

    The photos you captured are truly breathtaking…I can only imagine how it was first hand. Thanks for sharing your piece of majestic beauty.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Christine Vi

    You took incredible photos and I'm happy you had a fantastic time. Truly an experience we should all have.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 am Reply
  • Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks

    Your photos are gorgeous and probably don't do justice to your trip. What an opportunity – so glad you took advantage!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:39 am Reply
  • McVal

    Wow! I've been out of the loop! You must have had a fabulous time! Love the pictures!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:41 am Reply
  • passport in my pocket

    what a fabulous post and GORGEOUS pictures. sounds like an amazing time – I hope to visit Africa myself one day soon!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 am Reply
  • Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    Wow I want to do this even more now!! Great photos..what a thrill. The elephant photo is my fave.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:59 am Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    Amazing! How wonderful that they greeted you with song and dance. That just makes me so happy. Great photography. Absolutely stunning.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:20 am Reply
  • cabin + cub

    oh wow.. what an amazing trip to take! I am getting a real itch to travel just looking at your pics!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:28 am Reply
  • Missy M

    wow it look amazing!

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    May 25, 2010 at 11:28 am Reply
  • Ink Obsession Designs

    Wow. Just wow. Everything just looks breathtaking!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:29 am Reply
  • Amanda

    oh my, some of those pictures are BREATHTAKING! what an adventure!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:48 am Reply
  • Laura@JourneyChic

    Stunning photos! What an amazing experience.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:59 am Reply
  • carma

    10 wives?? no way my husband would be even remotely interested in signing up for that – unless they were pushovers I guess 😀

    Lovely pics!

    May 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing trip! Those photos are just stunning, too!

    May 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm Reply
  • CDS

    You hear this a lot I am sure…but what an amazing trip! Your pictures are stunning. friends of mine were just there.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm Reply
  • {Cara}

    Oh my gosh! To see all this in person, ou must have felt like you were in a dream! My aunt and uncle traveled all over the world, and they always say that their favorite place that made the most impact was on the Afrian Safari trip they took…I would love love love to go!

    May 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • Betty

    WOW, Megan that looks a memorable journey! What an adventure!
    Your photos are great!
    Fantastic review !
    Happy Tuesday
    B xx

    May 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • Dobbygirl

    Wow what a fabulous experrience! Your hubby's pictures are amazing!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Cafe Fashionista

    You are so incredibly lucky to be a part of such an amazing trip. Oh, I would give anything to experience something like this. So glad that you're having a wonderful time, my love!! 🙂

    May 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Scientific Housewife

    What an experience! The pictures are fantastic!

    May 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm Reply
  • Mouthwash

    wow!!! Amazing! What an incredible experience!!


    May 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm Reply
  • Sweet Southern Prep

    Oh my goodness! What a fun trip! Look at all the animals and the children too! Lucky lucky girl! 🙂

    May 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm Reply
  • Tights Lover

    Wow. This sounds like such an amazing trip. I certainly love the photos!

    May 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm Reply
  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Talk about a trip of a lifetime. I can see why you would feel frustrated by the trip to the village. 🙁 So glad you have some happy memories from your trip!

    May 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Anna Katrina

    i would love to go there but dont know if i could seriously handle it. your pictures are breath-taking though

    would love you to visit Passport Glamour & follow if you like

    Anna Katrina

    May 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Sounds like you had an amazing time..the photos are breathtaking, I've always loved wildlife!


    May 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • naomemandeflores

    WOW, what an amazing trip! It must have been wonderful!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm Reply
  • Josie

    This is AMAZING, Megan! I have honestly never had a real desire to go on a safari but now it's at the top of my to-do list. The photos are beautiful!
    xxoo Josie

    May 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Jen

    It seems so unreal, Megan! I think I would be pinching myself the entire time because I would never believe I could be in such a place experiencing such incredible things that most people only read about!

    May 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • OneCraftyFox

    Oh wow, Megan!! What an experience! Welcome back 🙂

    May 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Sherin

    Wow, sounds like one hell of a trip, and it must have been a afantastic experience. I'm loving the pictures of the animals!

    May 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • Emma

    Sounds and looks like the most amazing holiday. Not sure what I'm the most jealous of… meeting the maasai or seeing the Lions in the Serengeti???? Sounds like you have some beautiful memories to treasure for your lifetime xx

    May 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Padgett Hoke

    oh, my. amazing – we took a trip to africa about two years ago, and I think about it almost daily, still. it is hard to put into words how amazing that continent is, it seems to draw you back the longer you are away…

    anyway, fantastic photos and a wonderful recap!

    May 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • drollgirl

    these pictures are AMAZING!

    May 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • one sydney road

    I think the only thing I can say is WOW! What an amazing trip – I feel like I'm living vicariously through you. Your photos are breathtaking.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Kristin Hjellegjerde

    You are one lucky girl!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm Reply
  • Chic Coles

    Wow! You are so lucky to have gone there. I cannot believe these beautiful pictures.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm Reply
  • sosexy

    Imma say nnot the whole of Africa is this primitive.. I'm an African to the core.. It pains me when it is portrayed as a never never land.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm Reply
  • Mindey

    The photos are so great!!
    How incredible adventure that is 🙂

    May 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm Reply
  • Tracie

    So jealous! What a wonderful trip. Love the pictures, too!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm Reply
  • Tiffanie

    Looks like you had a fabulous time! I think trips like this change you forever. I still remember every detail of my trip to Cambodia, Thailand & Laos. All the children I worked with in the orphanages…everything! I would love nothing more than to take my children & husband back with me some day! Beautiful pictures!

    May 25, 2010 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • anotherfishinthesea

    This looks absolutely amazing, a trip like this is definitely on my bucket list!!
    And the photos are breathtaking!

    May 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm Reply
  • thesydneygirl

    wow how amazing! glad you had a great time! 🙂 x

    May 25, 2010 at 7:46 pm Reply
  • J.

    Wow, so amazing, so beautiful, you're such a lucky girl! Thanks for sharing, I love seeing vacation photos! (Living vicariously, I guess!)

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm Reply
  • Absolutely Ladylike

    Wow…what an amazing trip! Congrats! Love the images you shared…

    Cheers: Evi

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm Reply
  • Gracie

    Oh my goodness! It looks like the most amazing adventure trip. It's a dream for me to go there. The pictures are absolutely amazing!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm Reply
  • martinealison

    Merci pour ces superbes photos… J'aurais bien aimé être une petite mouche près de vous…
    Bonne journée.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm Reply
  • Christine

    Oh my gosh! Those pictures look AMAZING! What an adventure!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm Reply

    oh i'll kill to visit africa! the trip looks so mesmerising. it must be cool to experience their culture. now you get me really really jealous!



    May 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm Reply
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    May 25, 2010 at 11:07 pm Reply
  • kristiyana shinta

    i wish someday i'll hve an amazing trip like what you did,,
    you're awesome 🙂


    May 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm Reply
  • Chic 'n Cheap Living

    The crater, the Serengeti, the village – what a phenomenal experience!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:58 pm Reply
  • chelsea rebecca

    oh wow!!
    this sounds like SUCH AN INCREDIBLE TRIP!
    glad you had such a wonderful experience!!

    May 26, 2010 at 2:52 am Reply
  • FashionJazz

    Your pictures are stunning!! xxx

    May 26, 2010 at 3:08 am Reply
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    May 26, 2010 at 4:35 am Reply
  • Cassie

    Wow! That's amazing!

    May 26, 2010 at 9:36 am Reply
  • Slices of Beauty...

    Definitely one of the best parts of the world!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:45 am Reply
  • Grace

    Hearing about your trip is so amazing! You have such beautiful images.

    May 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • MizzJ

    That image of the skyline was amazing!! I would love to have an experience like that someday.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:31 am Reply
  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    Amazing! What a fantastic experience and great photos!

    May 27, 2010 at 11:37 am Reply
  • Jenn

    wow, what an amazing trip!!! seriously, looks like the trip of a lifetime. Your pics are great! I hope I can do something like this one day 🙂

    May 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm Reply
  • Jennie Bee

    wow what an opportunity! amazing and great pictures!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:36 am Reply
  • mina

    how fantastic! we're posting about of african safari this week as well (but ours was in south africa…) i can't wait to visit tanzania, it sounds lovely.

    May 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm Reply
  • Audrey Allure

    Wow, such amazing pictures!

    May 30, 2010 at 9:31 am Reply
  • Peter

    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful article. Thanks for
    supplying this info.

    November 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm Reply

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