I could write 1,000 words about each of these images. My husband and I journeyed to Arusha, Tanzania in July to attend his sister’s wedding and it was such a wonderful trip. Not only did we get to witness his baby sister tie the knot, but the our entire experience in Tanzania, with our family, was amazing. We feel so fortunate and grateful.
Tanzania is unlike any place we have traveled before. My mother-in-law came from Bulgaria, and we spent the entire trip together, prepping for the wedding, attending the wedding, then sightseeing after the big day. Lucky for us, my sister’s new family happens to own a safari company called Simba Safaris and they treated us to three safari adventures around Tanzania! Seeing animals in nature, interacting and living in harmony…it’s indescribable. We saw so many different animals, including hippos, lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants, gazelles, hyenas, wild boars (Pumbaa!!!), and more. Everyone always asks, “How was the trip?,” but it’s impossible to succinctly describe. I can’t wait to go back and experience even more. I’d love to see more of Arusha (our base city) and I really, really want to climb Mount Kilamanjaro! So many great adventures to come. Although it’s difficult to have family who lives so far away, it’s also an adventure having family on three continents.
Last, but certainly not least, infinite thanks to my sister, brother-in-law and their family who graciously hosted us for the duration of our trip. We were immediately welcomed as family, even though we had just met, and were so taken care of. Thank you.
PS- Did you know “simba” means “lion” in Swahili?
On the left: We went on a walking safari; one of the only ones available in the entire country.
Our guide carried a rifle and in case you are wondering, yes, he has had to use it.
The walking safari initially seemed like an excellent idea, and it’s quite exhilarating (ie frightening).
Buffalo are especially scary and aggressive.
On the right: Hippos!
On the right: This is a random giraffe we spotted on the side of a highway. Just an ordinary day in Arusha.
I was literally 2 feet from this lioness.
I had never heard of this animal before our trip to Tanzania, but it’s a Dik Dik.
Do yourself a favor and click this link to enjoy endless images of this incredibly adorable, small-dog-sized-mini-deer.
Random photography note, but all of these images (except for a handful of Holga or Golden Half images) were shot with a 24, 50 or 100mm lens. (The majority on a 50.) I didn’t bring my huge 70-200 telephoto lens with on this trip. I had wanted to travel as light as possible, but I regretted this decision immediately. But, this fact also illustrates how close we were to the animals in nature. I also have a new appreciation for wildlife photography. It is extremely difficult!