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IN PHOTOS: CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT – A safari in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Prepare your cameras, keep your eyes open and shout if you see someone coming! 

‘What are you gonna…’  My heart stops for a few seconds while he drives the jeep off road and straight into the endless savannah. It’s past 6 pm and park rules don’t even allow us to be driving around anymore, but full rainbows and almost pitch black silhouettes of trees against deep yellow and orange skies have made us loose track of time.

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Shouldn’t we close our windows?!? ‘ … Silence…

This moment is what we came for. The two lions are standing so close to the jeep we could touch them, but we sense there’s no need to be scared. We aren’t. And neither are they. It’s magical.

Note: don’t be that stupid tourist who ACTUALLY tries to touch the animals, keep your arms and everything else inside the jeep!!

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A SAFARI IN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

We’d left the camp site near Lake Manyara earlier that day and drove for a few hours before arriving at our camp for the night, inside the Serengeti. Dust had been the main theme of the ride, as dry season had arrived and there was not a drop of rain in sight. After dropping off our tents and luggage, it was time to get back out there, and take it a bit more pole pole – slowly.

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We head out into the ‘endless plains’ (*) of the majestic Serengeti singing ‘Can you feel the love tonight’. Little do we know exactly how much love we’re about to get… (**)

(*) Serengeti means ‘endless plains’ in Maasai language. / (**) Disney’s Lion King was inspired by the Serengeti. 

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I get the best seat in the car, right next to the driver. It doesn’t take me long to open the roof, stand up on my seat and enjoy the show with a lot of dust the wind in my hair and the afternoon sun burning softly caressing my skin. #AllWorthItThough 

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The afternoon views are close to perfect, but as sunset approaches, it becomes nature’s best all together in one place. The sky turns from an almost threatening dark blue to bright purple, and as if the full double rainbow wasn’t enough, we get a lion walking right into it, and another one sitting in a tree…

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As the sun sets, the sky’s on fire, and two more lions willingly pose right in front of it (look closely, there’s another one a bit further back). It’s past 6 pm and park rules don’t even allow us to be driving around anymore, but we’ve completely lost track of time.

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Prepare your cameras, keep your eyes open and shout if you see someone coming! 

‘What are you gonna…’  My heart stops for a few seconds while he drives the jeep off road and straight into the endless savannah. The lions get so close to the jeep we could touch them. It’s the perfect end of an already unbelievable day.

Photo guide - A safari in Tanzania - Serengeti National Park - travel guide in picturesThe next morning we wake up early for a sunrise drive, before leaving the park and heading to Ngorongoro crater for our last day. It’s cold but we don’t care. If day two’s half as perfect as day one, we’ll consider ourselves the luckiest girls in the world. We open the roof, start driving and quickly discover that yes, you CAN get THIS lucky 2 days in a row…

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Photo guide - A safari in Tanzania - Serengeti National Park - travel guide in picturesThe first rays of sun turn the dry grass into gold and warm us up slowly. We spot them shortly after. The male carelessly showing off his manliness, the female tirelessly trying to impress him. It’s a game of seduction, of push and pull, of not giving up, and while reality is probably less romantic than the image in our imagination, we can’t help but just stand there and dream of everlasting love.

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But our luck’s not over yet. A bit later we run into a whole group of lion cubs and their mothers, and right before we leave the park we spot a leopard jumping out of a tree. Big 5, 4 down, 1 left, with 1 day to go! With our fingers crossed for rhinos tomorrow (there are no rhinos in Lake Manyara or the Serengeti so our only chance to spot them will be Ngorongoro crater), we leave the Serengeti.

What happened in the past two days is too good to be true.

The scenery of the Serengeti is stunning, but mother nature’s show of rainbows, picture-perfect skies, animals showing up at exactly the right time and jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets made it indescribable. It feels like there’s even more dust than when we arrived, but the only theme of this ride is gratitude. 

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A SERENGETI SAFARI – PRACTICAL

Famous for its migration of wildebeest and zebras, the Serengeti covers and area of about 30.000 km² in the north of Tanzania. It is without doubt my favorite park of the ones I visited in Tanzania (Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro), and one of the most magical places I’ve ever seen.

Photo guide - A safari in Tanzania - Serengeti National Park - travel guide in picturesBudget travelers often choose to skip it because entrance fees are higher than those of other parks and getting there is quite costly too as it’s far from any city and you have to drive through Ngorongoro. This means you have to pay the entrance fee for Ngorongoro, and you have to pay it again when you actually visit this park, or when you drive back in case you choose not to visit it.

My idea about this? Whatever you do, don’t skip the Serengeti! Skip ANY other park if you’re on a tight budget, but go to the Serengeti! #EnoughSaid

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There’s several options to visit, according to your budget and time, but a combination of a sunset visit on day 1 with a sunrise drive the day after is just perfect! Depending on the time of the year you can witness the migration of the wildebeest, but you might need to go much further into the park, in which case you’ll need several days in total.

For more general safari information, head to my post about Lake Manyara, and stay tuned for more safari fun from Ngorongoro crater.

Thoughts? Questions? See you in the comment section!!

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Disclaimer: this safari was fully paid for by yours truly and opinions are my own and straight from the heart, as always.

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  • travel and treatz savita 15th December 2017, 1:13 am

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing! Your photos are amazing!!! Looking forward to more!
    I can’t wait to hit there myself!

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  • Dann Castillo 20th December 2017, 7:02 pm

    Wow! It seems like a place out of a film! Amazing photo gallery. Tanzania is definitely on my bucket list!

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  • Michelle W 3rd March 2018, 8:06 pm

    I went to Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti for my honeymoon and OMG IT IS SO AMAZING I NEED TO GO BACK !!! (hahah) I love it!! Great photos you got!!

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  • Francisco Pujals 5th March 2018, 8:36 am

    Great article and amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing it Liesbeth!

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  • Robbin 21st March 2018, 10:30 am

    This is amazing! What operator did you use?

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  • Sebastian Bach 29th March 2018, 2:53 pm

    These little gems look amazing, adding them to our visit list! Thanks for sharing

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  • Renuka Walter 17th April 2018, 6:46 am

    Wow! Sounds like a great safari. You were so fortunate to have spotted the lions, too! I am yet to spot a tiger or a lion in my life. Beautiful pictures.

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  • Shubham Varshney 17th April 2018, 5:54 pm

    wow, These are really very awesome photographs. I have heard about this National park many times. Thanks for sharing them.

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  • Roseanna 20th April 2018, 11:49 pm

    Safari is definitely on my bucket list. I’ve been doing some pricing up and planning and your post helped me loads – thanks 🙂

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  • Iva Says 23rd April 2018, 12:43 am

    Wow! Great post and amazing photos! I admire your bravery and I cannot imagine myself going on such an adventure. Anyway, really awesome photos and I enjoyed them very much. Keep up the good work.

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  • Sunrise Taj Mahal tour 26th April 2018, 7:00 am

    Thanks for sharing these photographs and your experience of this awesome National park. I will surely gonna visit this park. Last but not the least, these are really very lovely photographs.

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