As I head to Senegal on a secret trip, it seems a lifetime ago that I was backpacking in Tanzania and Ethiopia. It was a trip of a lifetime where I got to feed hyenas mouth to mouth, at dusk, in Harar as well as 4-5 days of hardcore Tanzania safari in and around the Serengeti. It’s a good time to round up and reflect on my top 5 moments from Tanzania, where I toured in 2013 with Shadows of Africa.
1.Visiting Kibowa Orphanage
Any visit to an African orphanage will have you in moments of huge emotion. Here at Kibowa, we got to play football with children, colour in some books and play with them. There is a sadness and a happiness on these visits and I’ll never forget my time in Kibowa Orphange.
2.Camping in the Serengeti
Imagine sleeping next to hyenas, gazelles and lions on your African Safari. Yes that’s what it was like when I went for some camping in this world famous jungle. I stayed in a much more luxurious tent than I was used to though, and we had an ace barbecue with beers in the heart of the Serengeti ahead of our safaris around the place.
3.Visiting a Maasai Tribe at Rabbatt
We visited a nomadic Maasai tribe village at Rabbatt and it was a truly memorable experience, to witness the singing, dancing performance. On a separate evening, I also joined in with Maasai dancing at our base for the night at Tarangire National Park.
4.Visiting Esa School
We got to visit a local school, Esa school, while on tour with Shadows of Africa. I was in the classrooms teaching English and enjoying the company of all these enthusiastic children. It was a sight to be hold and a vivid memory from my time backpacking in Tanzania. I wrote about my visit to Esa School before.
5.Safari in the Serengeti National Park
Finally on the top 5, I can’t ignore the brilliant safari itself, the whole idea of safari holidays! We toured three national parks – Tarangire, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and all were highlights. However, seeing lions, zebras, giraffes, leopards and cheetahs in the Serengeti was the most exciting of all. Especially the days with binoculars trying to find those elusive rhinos. At least we saw 4 of the big 5!
So I’m excited to be heading to Senegal this time but loving my previous three African jaunts as well! I’m currently typing up all my stories from Senegal on the Gambia and I hope to head to Zanzibar, Somaliland and Cameroon sometime. I have read a lot about Zanzibar Holidays and the tours of Somaliland so it will be exciting!