Any USA Safari Takers out there?
From the moment you see the grass hut entrance sign to the Kilimanjaro Safari ride, you know this will be a fantastic adventure!The anticipation of winding around this line in a now jungle environment is amazing! As you get closer to the front of the line, you see these rugged, safari jeeps which puts you automatically in the Safari mode!
Now these jeeps are painted camouflage, canvas tops and even bags and luggage on top to make it more authentic. You file in and take a seat anxiously waiting to take off.
You start out with a very windy road seeing antelope eating the mossy logs and a few deer spread here and there. Then as your jeep steers around the bend of tree top bamboo forests, you see some swamps. You’re looking and looking, your eyes are peeled, and realize eyes are staring back at you!! Nope, not alligators. These are hippopotamuses, and there are all kinds of them! Some partially submerged, others peeking the eyes and ears. As the jeep slowly and quietly creeps along to the other end of the swamp, it looks like a hippo’s convention is happening! The water is clear as a bell and the full backs of the these enormous animals appear everywhere!! There are at least 10 in a group, and I assume they are gabbing and talking about us “tourists”, as they give us the “side-eye”. The pink flamingos surrounding these hippos, add a nice touch of color to these grayish sub-dub colors.
As we continue along with our jeep driver & safari guide making funny animals jokes and noises, we are told to look to the back of that field and like a ray of light, not one, but 2 tall, spotted necks appear walking in our direction. The jeep advises us we won’t be moving so take some pictures and enjoy the view. They are very mindful of not being in the animals way. So, we wait and keep watching them come towards us, not paying any attention to the mother and baby, YES BABY giraffe, slowly lolligaging in front of our jeep. No big deal, just some wild, stunning, huge animals 4 feet in front of our jeep!
The safari adventure continues across some old wooden creeky bridges, but that’s where my story ends and you must go and see the rest!!You won’t be disappointed with the variety of animals and authentic feel of a true safari!