We arrived in Arusha after a very long, tiring and very very bumpy ride from nairobi. Where we had a very stressful time booking in to the hotel and finding our driver leonard.
We had an amazing 20 seater truck (called n'gagi which means gorilla in swahili!) for only 3 of us well there was at the begining. Two managed to get to Arusha day before us!!! This was Pat and clint (hooter) from Aussie. We met our tour guide Steve in Arusha after driving for over 7 hours very glad to get there. The other guy with us was called Simon from the uk and in the navy (the poor guy we teased him the whole trip!!!) I was very happy to find the tents went up easy and had sown in ground sheets thank god!!!!
After a goodnights sleep we were up packed and fed and on the road to the Serengeti National park, Another long drive where we stoped in the middle of nowhere for lunch and used our first bush toilet....mmmmm This drive seemed never ending after being told it would take so long it took twice as long as we were told by the end of it i had a lovely headache from it!!! When we made to the gates of the serengeti we then had to find our campsite not easy as it was getting dark and they had changed the signs since our guide had last been there and our campsite was not on them but after a few wrong tuens we finally got there.
So we got to pitch our tents in the dark good job we had already done it once！, while the chef cooked a yummy meal. Ater the shock of the bush toilets, we then had the pleasure of using the very very smelly hole in the ground toilets,where you needed a good aim or got wet feet. Give me a bush toilet anyday!!!
The next morning we were up at the crack of dawn (5am) for our first Safari to look at the animals, it was a long day driving around, but seeing the animals was amazing and deffinately worth the long drive. It is amazing zoo will never be the same again it is the excitment to what you might see and hope to see and who can see it first!! Simon thought he spotted a lion but no we were all looking at some grass!!! But it is all part of the fun and something to tease him about!! We did find some Lions later though some females who tried to make a kill but not witha lot of effort. That evenning we went to a Hippo pool where its was sooo funny,The Hippo,s were very busy making loads of noises and constantly pooing then swishing it around with their tails...Very yucky and green ..but luckily not smelly!
The serengiti is amazing it is so vast well serengiti does mean endless pains so i guess its a rather apt name. There was so many animals on the afternoon safari we found a herd of elephants going to a water hole they were walking right by the truck it was great. Then while we sat watch them a huge herd of buffalo came more than two hundred of them it was great to see.
As you can guess we were in bed by 9pm,but unfortunately for me I was awake at 2am and dying to go to the toilet....but unfortunately there was a Hyeena wondering around and i had to lie in bed waiting for morning as i didnt want to get eaten....pure agony. After getting up it was time to put the tents down and i was in a very grouchy mood,I couldnt get my backpack shut ant to top that the mean guide DROPPED the tent on me.....Did he get stick...I think I scared hi BIG time as he was extra nice for the rest of the trip....After breakkie we did another Safari and saw Lion cubs and loads of other animals.
We drove to the Ngorongoro crater ( not sure of the spelling ) where we were met by a local guide( John) and taken down into the Amazing crater in a four wheel drive jeep. The Crater was totally amazing, so beautiful and so many animals. We evan saw a black Rhino ( which is very rare ). It was great fun racing around the park and actually seeing so many anilmals in sush close proximity.
We arrived at our new camp site ( Twiga, which means Giraffe in Swahili) We stopped here to go to the toilets on the way and thought thet were gross....but on our return thought they were the worlds best toilets ever. Every one went straight to the showers....bliss...the luxury of being able to wash ( and not use wet wipes ). Our tents were already put up for us, so after a tradition African meal of beef stew Emma Hooter Steve ( our guide ) and I headed off for a few beers, where Hooter skinny dipped and I swam in my Bikinni. Emma and I tried to push Steve in...but with no joy Emma me now didnt want to try to hard for fear he would take me with him!!Being able to get up and use the bathroom was wonderful...we got up and went 4 times...lots of fun and not much sleep. Not much is an under statment we had about 2 hours sleep so stupid was very tired before i went to bed was denifity tired the next day what were we thinking as usual we had to get up early even harder to do today!!
As usual next morning up early, and off to see Lake Manyara, where it is famus for its tree climbing Lions, (although we didnt actually get to see any) but we did see lots of Monkeys, Elephants and Hippo,s out of the water. I wasnt (Emma) feeling that morning w\either had an upset tummy so very glad we did not drive far in the truck but lake manyara was just around the corner so i managed. After lunch we headed off back to Arusha on the way back we visited a snake park and a Massi culture museum. It was amazing the modern Massi could even use my ipod and asked me what artists I had on it.
That night was our last night all together, so we went out for a drink in a hotel in Arousha where it had a famous bar used by John Wayne, then had a meal in a street BBQ which was used as a spare car part shop in the day. It was certainly different! the goat was really nice. When we got back to the campsite the same one we stayed in the first time we were in Arusha a very nice small campsite behind a lodge with proper toilets!! we had a few more drinks as it was our last chance to and we didnt have to get up quite so early for our lovely long drive to Dar.
The next morning we all parted company and said goodbye to Pat and Hooper who were off to Egypt and Farewell to Steve and leonard as we are now on our own just have people driving us to the bus and meeting us at the other end. It was sad to say goodbye i have had a fun on this our first trip.
Emma simon and I set off for our 10 hour coach drive. God the coach was ok quite comfortable and i slept most of the way but the toilets oh my god and i thought the serengeti was bad that was nothing compared to these!! The bus took us to Dar es salam where we stayed a night in a hotel it felt wierd to sleep in a bed when i woke the next moring i could work out where i was!! The next we got the ferry to Zanzibar.