Africa Safari: Hippos, Warthogs, Elephants and Baboons.…. Oh My!
There’s been many stories about MM climbers’ exciting and great accomplishments on Kilimanjaro, but what happens when you get off the mountain and want to celebrate? Epic wildlife viewing, that’s what! Add on 3 or 5 days to your total travel time to Kilimanjaro and get some spectacular up-close game viewing that you can only imagine! Safaris travel to the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti. You’ll visit the famous archeological site of Drs. Mary and Louis Leakey and spend some time with our Maasai friend Olé Dorop and his family.
And with almost 30 years running trips in Tanzania comes some perks, like out private luxury camps in the National Parks we visit- we’re talking just you and your Mountain Madness team.
Check out the blog below about a recent trip.
(all photos from previous trips)
Jeffrey Demmon photo
After a successful ascent of the mountain 3 of our 4‑person team headed out on our three day safari extension. This safari to the Ngorogoro Crater Conservation Area was loaded with animal sightings! The first day was spent in Lake Manyara National Park, where they saw what sounds like a list of exhibits at a zoo: baboons, monkeys, warthogs, giraffes, hippos, waterbucks, many types of water birds, and plenty of small birds that included weavers and bee eaters and stonechats. The group stopped for lunch in a shady spot, watching some monkeys playing nearby. When they finished eating, they heard a sound in the bushes…
Suddenly, they were surrounded by a big herd of elephants. They stayed quiet and watched from the car. At one point, a large female elephant walked by oh so close, startling a trekker into quickly rolling up the window to prevent any trunks from finding its way into the vehicle- this resulted in a lot of laughter among the group with this close encounter with the locals. After taking lots of pictures, the group headed out to the camp at Ngorongoro Misigiyo, where they spent the evening watching a dance by the Maasai warriors and Maasai girls.
Imagine these as your picnic guests! Joyce Northwood photo
The second day was spent in the crater, with even more animal sightings: antelope, buffalo, a pride of lions, zebra, gnu, cheetah, flamingo, gazelle, rhino, and huge flocks of migratory birds. They watched a hyena sniffing a sleeping buffalo and saw warthogs protecting their young from hyenas and jackals! After a picnic lunch in the Lerai forest, they went to the Ngoitokitok spring and saw more lionesses and herds of buffalo and antelopes before leaving the park. The evening was spent getting a tour of a boma and learning about the Maasai living style.
Joyce Northwood photo
This fantastic end to an already wonderful and successful trip is just one example of what you can encounter on your adventure! And if you have just a few more days the Serengeti extension can add to your expereince of the African wilds.