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Tanzania had me feeling like a child in a sweet shop
Although I had been on an African safari holiday before, the feeling of excitement and anticipation ahead of my trip to Tanzania was almost too much to bear. I knew that this would be the best wildlife viewing tour of my life and I could hardly contain myself. Goodness knows how the kids must have felt.
Our holiday would cover some of the most renowned game reserves and national parks in the world. We were about to spend ten days coming face to face with some of the world's most exotic animals.
We started off in Arusha before heading to the sublime Ngorongoro Crater. This has to be one of the most picturesque places for a game drive and there were hundreds of creatures roaming around the area. The scenery provided us with some awesome photo opportunities and I saw some flamingos for the first time ever. My children didn't quite know what to make of these elegant pink birds that were pottering around by Lake Magadi.
We were soon off to the Serengeti National Park - one of the most famous and iconic nature reserves on the planet. If you plan your trip right, you can witness the Great Migration, which sees more than one million creatures - predominantly wildebeest - travel in huge herds towards the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Unfortunately my trip did not coincide with this great natural event, but luckily the Serengeti is a superb place to visit any time of the year. It wasn't long before we were able to tick off the "big five" and we came within centimetres of a host of other weird and wonderful species. It was a truly unforgettable experience.
Having covered these two fascinating areas, our Tanzania holiday was drawing to a conclusion, but there was still time for one last safari trip. We went on a drive around Lake Manyara National Park, which was completely different to the open plains of the Serengeti. Aside from the obvious thrill of seeing so many beautiful animals in their natural habitat, it was the vast diversity between each region that made this tour extra special.
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