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AV Trip Photo – Hakuna Matata – Warthog – Ngorongoro Conservation Area, TanzaniaEver since the first time I saw The Lion King (wow, that must have been nearly 20 years ago), I always thought warthogs would be such “nice” animals. But, I also had this feeling that they weren’t and in Disney’s magical way, they had painted this awful looking creature to be the easiest going animal in the entire kingdom! Well, I was right.
The warthog (Pumba!), is an incredibly ugly animal. To top it off, it doesn’t seem that they live by the famous words of “Hakuna Matata” at all. They are extremely skidish and seem to constantly be on edge. As our vehicle approaches even 50 meters from them, they immediately run in the opposite direction. Now in their defense, if I was a lions favorite appetizer, I would probably be running a lot too!
At any rate, here you have it – a raw warthog straight from Tanzania to you. Enjoy … and remember, Hakuna Matata!
Ngorongoro National Conservation Area, Tanzania
The Ngorongoro National Conservation Area is located in Northern Central Tanzania and is contiguous with the Serengeti National Park to it’s West. The area is specifically famous for the Crater which is an ancient volcanic caldera dating back about 2.5 million years ago.
Although we visited some areas of the conservation area outside of the crater, the crater was certainly the highlight. The crater itself is about 610 meters (2000 feet) deep and about 260 square meters (1000 square miles).
The inside of the crater is generally made up of a giant plain that has several lakes in it depending on seasonality. There are very few trees or bush to speak of making for an interesting geography. The crater is a beautiful place as the simplicity of the plains running directly into a steep mountainous wall that runs 360 degrees around you creates a very surreal location.
As for wildlife, there are about 25,000 animals within the crater itself! And without trees or bush, they are all quite visible. The real challenge with the crater is the proximity in which you can get to animals. Although the park is relatively small, there are very few roads that you are able to drive on (off road is not permitted) making it difficult to get very close to animals.
Enough griping for now! We really enjoyed the crater even with the distance from theContinue Reading The Full Post >
AV Trip Photo – The Scrappy Hyena – Ngorongoro Conservation Area, TanzaniaHyena have always given me the impression that they are not the best looking animals. When I finally saw a few of them up close and in person, I more than confirmed my previous thoughts, they are gnarly! I suppose any creature that feasts on previously eaten and potentially rotting flesh from a day or three old dead animal is going to end up like this … nasty.
Regardless of their outside, I did find the Hyena to be quite interesting as they were very hard to find and either incredibly brace or just plain stupid. Hyena are nocturnal by nature and as we weren’t cruising around the wild in the pitch black (unfortunately!), we didn’t see too many of them until we saw an entire pack (10+) of them in the Ngorongoro Crater. It was awesome to watch them finish up on the scraps of some two day old dead wildebeest and even hunt for more!
Serengeti Migration Visit, AV #4
The Serengeti Migration is right up there near the top of the list as the #4 AV in the world. Being our first “Top 10″ of the trip, we were both incredibly anxious and excited to catch a glimpse of the greatest animal spectacle on the planet.Continue Reading The Full Post >
AV Trip Photo – The Pride of the Serengeti – Serengeti NP, TanzaniaWhile driving through the Serengeti we came across a pride of over 25 lions relaxing under the cool morning sun. Seeing this many lions together is an incredibly powerful experience. I’m certain that in a one on one battle a lion would tear me to shreds. Imagine being locked in your bedroom with 25 of these muscular cats. We might control the park they live in, but make no mistake about it, these guys are alone atop the natural food chain.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park is famous for the annual migration of over one-million animals that mostly takes place within the parks boundaries. Our primary reason for visiting the park was to witness this epic spectacle, as it is AbsoluteVisit #4. However, Serengeti NP is a wonder on its own, even without the great migration passing through it. In this post we are going to show you all of our favorite memories from our visit to the park, not including the migration. That will come in a separate post soon
Our visit here was really a continuation of our journey through Masai Mara in Kenya the previous week. The two parks are connected and their dual existence is only because of the political border between Kenya and Tanzania.
The landscapes were certainly different between the two parks, Masai Mara being hilly and the Serengeti being flat, endless plains. Masai Mara felt manageable in size, while the Serengeti seemed to go on forever.
The Serengeti was certainly more crowded and seemingly more developed as a park than Masai Mara (the crowds are possibly related to the migration being south in the Serengeti when we visited).
Masai Mara held the unique advantage that the fine in the park for drivers leaving the official roads was much less than in the Serengeti. This turned out to be a big deal and something everyone should consider when booking a safari. In Masai Mara when we spotted a cheetah 100 meters from the road, our drivers would go off the official road and take us within 10 meters of the cheetah. In the Serengeti, if the formal roads don’t take you closer to the animal, you don’t get closer. This of course impacts your ability to see the animals up close. You probably will notice that we don’t have as many closeup photos in the Serengeti as we do in Masai Mara.
The one similarity between the two parks is the unthinkable concentration of incredible animals. While on safari there aren’t any guarantees of what you are going to specifically see, but you are absolutely guaranteed in both of these parks to see loads of animals living naturally in the wild, impressing you deeply with every trivial movement they make.
We’ve compiled our favorite scenes from our time in the Serengeti below. We hope the images help you see just how real the Africa Safari Dream is. It might seem hard to believe, but we promise it will get even better when we share our experience sitting in the middle of the Serengeti Migration with you. Stay tuned!Continue Reading The Full Post >
Check out this quick video of an elephant farting on us in Serengeti National Park last week in Tanzania.
You can view all of the videos from our travel to the Top 100 Places in the World on the AbsoluteVisit YouTube channel.
AV Trip Photo – Wild Dental Visit – Serengeti National Park, TanzaniaWhile visiting Serengeti National Park in Tanzania we stopped at this unbelievable small pond filled with over one-hundred hippos. It was incredibly smelly, obnoxious and just flat out gross. The noises coming out of this place put to shame the best fart you’ve ever delt.
In between passing gas and crapping on each other, the hippos would perform these amazing yawns. Here is our favorite view of the inside of one of their mouths. Definitely a dentists worst nightmare