Serengeti Safari

I've been waiting and waiting on posting this because everyone else from our group was going to share their photos as well, but people have gotten busy and forgotten to do so. But wow, what an amazing experience a true African safari is. It was probably the most special thing I have done in my life (next to summitting Kilimanjaro–– blog post to come on that later). It is surreal to see zebras, elephants, lions, and giraffes in their natural habitat, and it's even more surreal to be camping out in the open and have them run by your tent as you sleep. I could write a book about my trip to Tanzania, I really could. No one would probably want to read my anecdotes about the interesting people I met and the disturbing food I endured (undercooked goat is NOT ideal), but I will probably end up writing about it for myself. I wish I had journaled on the trip (I'm terrible at holding myself accountable for ANYTHING of the sort while on a trip) because I'm always afraid that I will forget specific details. I keep catching myself remembering things about the trip while doing random tasks that remind me of it and I just sit and smile.

If you ever have the chance to go on a safari, you absolutely have to do it. It doesn't have to be one of the expensive "glamping" or hotel ones, in fact, I think it's kind of special to "rough it" and do it the cheap route. You literally sleep with the animals (it's safe, I swear) and you see so much more that way. We booked our tour through Kipori Safari–– ask for Simon; he's one of the funniest and most incredible humans out there. We had the pleasure of getting close to him because he helped us with our volunteer work and brought his girls with him every day so they could help us build teacher housing at the school. It's amazing how friendly the locals are, and how willing they are to help each other out. One of the reasons I loved Tanzania so much is because everyone there is so grateful and friendly.

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