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Safari camp

February 19, 2013


Early morning in one of our camp sites – in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. July 2012.

Many tourists drive in airconditioned luxury 4Wd’s and sleep in similar luxury tents or hotels. An expensive safari.

We did not have money for that. And I’m happy that we didn’t: We traveled with one of Arusha’s smallest organizers: Arunga Expedition & Safaris.

View my previous photos from our great safari wih Arunga HERE 🙂

We had the world’s BEST, most helpful, friendliest and most talented driver and guide: Sadi (more about him in later posts).

Our old Land Rover (where the air conditioning was the handle to turn down the window :-)) and our small tents gave us a completely different down to earth sense of nature, animals and the countryside during our safari:

The dust in the car dyed us more and more red throughout the 5 days. But who cares about that when you are standing under the raised roof of the car seeing, smelling and hearing the animals – with the awareness of being able to touch a lion or an elephant IF you simply reached out ….. ……. all this was incredible amazing and barrier-breaking. And there was, after all, only a few days until we could get a shower again and get the dust washed away from our bodies………………………

The sounds of the animals that walked by and in between the tents at night was fantastic: Was it the sounds from a lion – or just a zebra or gazelle????  And so was the fact, that you should be very careful leaving our small tent at night! Driving, eating, sleeping around the clock for almost a week under the open sky in between all the wild life was an incredible experience! I can’t wait to travel to Africa again…. Soon 🙂

16 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2013 9:34 am

    Spennende tur! Telt er et godt utgangspunkt om en skal på fototur.
    På vår tur brukte vi ikke telt, vi dro avsted tidlig om morgenen, gjerne før sola var oppe…


    • February 20, 2013 7:54 pm

      Hej Hans. Jeg husker dine fotos derfra – du havde vist også en spændende tur? Og morgenen – er altid behagelig – og fotogen 🙂


  2. February 20, 2013 7:06 pm

    Lovely photo! And that sky! Wow!


    • February 20, 2013 8:04 pm

      Thank you. Both for the visit – and leaving a nice comment 😉


  3. February 20, 2013 7:18 pm

    What a splendid, earthy way of experiencing nature up-close, Truels. I love it!

    And although you may wash that red dust of Africa out of your hair and off your skin and from beneath your toenails and fingernails, you can never wash it out of your heart. 😉 And once you’ve smelt that rich and dusty dampness of the parched land when the first raindrops are falling, you’ll never forget that either. I’m certain you will be back.


  4. February 20, 2013 7:27 pm

    Dette høres ut som skikkelig “jordnær” safari. Og det har jo bildene dine vist også. Håper ikke det ble for mye støv INnE i kamera! 🙂


    • February 20, 2013 7:56 pm

      Har tænkt på det, men jeg mærker/ser det ikke – endnu. Vil få det renset næste år, tror jeg.


  5. February 21, 2013 4:37 am

    I’m so jealous!!! (In a nice way) This series of Africa is beautiful. I hope you have had a wonderful time, it sure seems that way 🙂 I love the portraits of the lion cub.


    • February 23, 2013 9:52 pm

      I can promis you – I had two wonderful weeks in Tanzania!


  6. February 21, 2013 6:36 am

    Great photo. I have not been on safaris and due to Your blog I am learning what it is about. Thank You.


  7. February 23, 2013 9:53 pm

    Maybe you will be going to Tanzania on safari now soon too?!


  8. February 25, 2013 3:44 am

    Lovely photo Truels, I would love to go on a safari trip. It sounds like fun camping in Africa. 🙂


    • February 25, 2013 10:29 pm

      I hope you and many others will experience this too. It’s great!


  9. February 28, 2013 4:02 pm

    Aaargh, so cool. Think I was with the same operator going there. when we camped out they said the wild ones wouldnt show up until half past 11; went to toilet outside of campsite in high grass at 11 and in the tent 5 minutes later just to find out they arrived a bit earlier. Still wondering how close the lions and all were…..
    But very real compared to all the lodges, definitely bigger adventure 🙂
    Greetings, Ron


    • March 6, 2013 1:10 pm

      Hi Ron. Glad you had an exiting and great experience there too! Thanks for your visit – and nice comment 🙂


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