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Up late (8:30).  We got in the truck for a game drive in the Serengeti National Park.  First we saw a big group of giraffes eating trees, far away from the road.  Over the day, we lots of many kinds of animals.  Hippos, lions, zebra, elephants, impala, baboons, gazelles.  One of the more notable things we saw that day was a zebra giving birth to a dead foal.  That, and the leopard jumping out of its tree to take a pee.

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While we were in Moshi we made up a plan of what we wanted to do on our safari.  Here’s the itenerary we came up with. (Its probably not that original, but I have this idea that when you go to spend money you should have some expectation of what you want going to get in return.  How very un-Buddhist of me setting myself up for disappointment.)

Prerequisite: 4-wheel drive vehicle with a roof that opens.

Day 1 – Start out from Moshi/Arusha and go to the Tarangire National Park.

  • Walking safari
  • Lunch
  • Evening game drive
  • Stay the night

Day 2 – Tarangire to Lake Manyari.

  • Morning game drive in Tarangire
  • Game drive through Lake Manyari – climbing lions
  • Stay the night in Karatu

Day 3 – Lake Manyari to Ngorongoro Crater

  • Bike/Walk/Canoe safari at Lake Manyari (choose one)
  • Stay the night at the Ngorongoro Crater

Day 4 – Ngorongoro Crater

  • Game drive in the crater
  • Walking tour to visit Masai
  • Stay the night near the Ngorongor Crater

Day 5 – To Olduvai Gorge and the Serengeti

  • Visit Olduvai Gorge
  • Go to the Serengeti in the area of Lobo or Klien’s Gate
  • Stay near Klien’s gate or Lobo.

Day 6 – Serengeti.

  • Hot air balloon
  • Visit a Masai Village

Day at the beginning or at the end – Hiking at Kilimanjaro.

  • Spend a day hiking at the base of the Mountain

That was our idea and we sent it by email to a few Safari companies.  Thinking about it now it still sounds good.  But, we kept in mind that if we really wanted to see animals we would need to trust that our guide would know where to take us.  After all the Serengeti is an enormous area.

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It was not at 9:30AM, as E- had hoped, but at 4:30AM we woke up to our hot air balloon flight.

Despite the early hour, the flight was fantastic and in a matter of 1hr I took 300 photos – I swear that I was not clicking all the time but when I took the camera out I meant business.

After the flight, we were welcomed on land with Champagne mixed with cherry juice.  Just cherry juice for me and hubby. While I enjoyed my drink, one of the crew came close, took the glass out of my hands without much words, took the backpack off of my back, handed it to my hubby, and proceeded to lead me by the hand.  I was quite confused and then I grasped what was going on.  Here I was with another Brazilian girl, placed on the packed balloon, surrounded by the crew members for a photo, which I did not receive a copy. Well, well…

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