As the weekend was approaching, I was full of excitement. I just knew it would be an incredible experience and that we would get to see so much on our adventure in Serengeti National Park. After those four days, I can say it was and so much more. As we headed toward our destination we got to see a family of baboons chilling in the road. After entering into the conversation area, which is where the Ngorongoro Crater is located, we stopped for lunch and got to see a male elephant grazing in the distance. These were just the first of many more animals to come.
In total, we saw lots of small birds, ostrich, flamingos, hyenas, wildebeest, hartebeest, impala, gazelle, hippos, elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions (both male and female), a leopard, water buffalo, and a rhino. The only animal I had wanted to see and did not was a cheetah, but I’m not upset at all. I’m so happy with everything I was able to see in the park. It was just so surreal for me how massive the herds of some of these animals were. You could follow them off into the distance of the plains and find your safari vehicle surrounded. It was also so interesting seeing the animals all living side by side. The zebra and wildebeest were almost always seen together. My favorite parts were likely seeing a group of elephants play and bathe in a mud puddle in the middle of the road just meters from us. It was so cute seeing three little elephants rolling around in the mud and spraying water on themselves and another. And as we were leaving the crater and our safari vehicle was making its way up the mountain, we got see a large male lion just sitting a few meters from the side of road. He looked so majestic and it just made the end of the trip.
Not only was seeing all the animals and scenery incredible, our lodging for the weekend was phenomenal. The first two nights we stayed in these cute huts in the Serengeti and the last night in lodging that over looked the crater below. Both were so beautiful and gave us so much food. Overall the weekend is one to never forget. This trip has provided me with so many experiences already and we still have two more weeks.