An avid follower of National Geographic,Animal Planet and watching the documentaries on the the wildlife in Africa especially the Wildebeest migration , this trip was a much awaited and eagerly looked forward to Adventure trip.
How Did We Plan : Travelling to Africa sounds daunting and mysterious and choosing which Country to visit for 'The Great Migration ' and the type of accomodation which we would prefer ( hotel establishment or tents) and the best time to visit was a tricky proposition. Finally after a lot of emails exchanged with local African Safari tour operators and narrowing down to some who offered us packages within our budget and offered to show us more Safari destinations we zeroed down on a tour operator 'African Traits' and also our destination Tanzania
Requirements : A Yellow Fever vaccine needs to be taken . In Mumbai it is given at J J Hospital & at the Airport Health Organisation near the Sahar Airport. An International certificate is issued by them which is valid for 10 years. We were also advised to take the polio vaccine
How to Reach : In August ,18 we boarded the Kenya Airways from Mumbai. There was a 2 hour stopover at Nairobi where the immigration formalities were completed. From there we boarded a plane to Kilimanjaro Airport at Tanzania . The flight duration was 1 hour.The tour Safari guides were there at the airport to receive us.
About the Safaris : The Safari jeep has a Guide and a Cook accompanying the tourists . They also carry tents which are put up at the Camping sites . Since we had planned to make this Africa trip adventurous the night halt was normally at a Campsite in tents instead of a hotel accommodation . The tents are secure and well equipped with a mattress, pillow & sleeping bag
Normally a packed lunch is given when you have a full day Safari tour consisting of a Juice, a pulao , sandwiches, cutlets ,wafers ,bottled mineral water. Lunch or dinner is Chicken curry, sausages, Pancakes , Pasta, Noodles ,Veg Curry , Salad , Fruits ,Banana or Sweet potato fritters.Sometimes the cook asks your preference of food and if the ingredients are easily available he prepares it too.
In Africa, the Big Five game animals are the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. If you are lucky to spot all the five in your Safari then consider yourself the luckiest .