Northern Tanzania between safaris and populations
Ready! - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
After months spent planning and, above all, dreaming of this journey, finally the moment has arrived: tomorrow we leave!
Our destination this time is the North of Tanzania, Tanzania is a country that we love so much and that we consider one of the best destinations on the African continent for safaris, given the high concentration of animals.
Sunrise at Malpensa Airport - Photo Credits: Silvano Greco
This morning we woke up when it was still dark, as time this is more a safari schedule than a Milanese timetable; well on one hand this is good because we are already getting used to the rhythms of the savannah!
In fact, only for our beloved Africa we can wake up so early J
At 5.00 in the morning we leave the house and, with our car, we head to Malpensa; at this time the cold is pungent, thank goodness that travelling by car we feel it less.
Alps - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
We are at Malpensa Airport and our Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt leaves at 8.00 am, in perfect time, after that before take-off they went to put the antifreeze on the wings, something quite common in winter.
Once at altitude, we enjoy the spectacle of our snow-covered Alps; we have seen them hundreds of times, but we are always enchanted to admire them and we can prevent ourselves from taking some pictures with our smartphone.
Nairobi airport - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
Our Lufthansa flight landed in Nairobi at 9:20 pm on time, being in transit through Kenya we do not need any visa, so we quickly pass the checks and go to collect our suitcases that have arrived intact, thankfully.
Our Tanzanian car! - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
But this is a different car from Dr. Livingstone, as it is a safari car that can carry up to 6 guests.
We decided to call it Sir Stanley Speke!
Arusha National Park - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
This morning, after breakfast, we left Arusha, in Tanzania, and we cross a stretch of the A23, the same road that leads to Kilimanjaro international airport; at some point, however, about halfway between the city of Arusha and the airport, we turn left and continue on the road that leads us to the Arusha National Park and its main entrance: the Ngongongare Gate.
Arusha market - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
This morning we wake up and get ready, today we want to visit the city of Arusha in Tanzania; it is not a city that offers particular attractions, but it is still interesting to spend a day before leaving for the safari, or once back, before returning home.
From here all the Northern Circuit safaris leave, so it is often a must for travelers; it has a temperate climate all year round, thanks to its 1,350 meters of altitude, and offers good facilities and excellent restaurants, as well as some places of interest and lots of greenery.
Maasa market - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
This morning we depart after breakfast, we leave the city of Arusha behind and head South.
The road is paved and in perfect condition; there is no traffic, just a few safaris off-road, a couple of trucks and motorbikes, but they do not go far out of town.
Fire!!!! - Photo Credits: Silvano Greco
This morning we wake up at 6.00, we are at the Roika Tented Camp Lodge, not far from the entrance to the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.
We hear the Masai of the lodge screaming, initially we thought they were doing some ritual, but then we look out of the tent and, in the dark, we see a very intense orange light: a fire!
As we prepare, we check the situation, there is also the wind blowing in our direction and, for a moment, the flames seem to advance towards our tent.
Tarangire National Park: elephants - Photo Credits: Romina Facchi
The Tarangire National Park is located in Northern Tanzania and is a less visited park than the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area; the reason is a mystery, as it is a very beautiful park in terms of landscape and offers excellent opportunities for sighting.