Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life – Michael Palin – My friends, we cannot safely travel now but just think of all the lovely memories we have.
The SERENGETI; Yet another name from my childhood that I thought was fictional only to grow up and discover it was a real destination. Words mainly garnered from my beloved Amos “N” Andy episodes, like The Zambezi River and Lake Titicaca. At any rate, here I am on the Serengeti and enjoying my pleasant surroundings.
We had an 8am flight from the Arusha airstrip which was a mere 5 mins from our Lodge. Now we were faced with the moment of truth. Would we all weigh in with our luggage being less than 33 lbs? Yaay! We made it and these guys were serious about weighing each bag. They split us up into 2 groups with 13 on one charter and 6 on the other. This flight would only be 60 minutes and I was fast asleep shortly after take off.
After arriving at the Seronera Airstrip, our 3 vehicles and Rangers were waiting for us. The Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge was 27 km away and the plan was to do a game drive en route. Nice! By the time we reached the Lodge, they had already seen 3 of the BIG FIVE – Elephant, Lion, and the very elusive Leopard. Upon arrival at the Lodge we were greeted by drummers, dancers and flutes of champagne and glasses of orange juice and refreshing cold towels.
There would be another drive before dinner. I passed on the game drive and made my way to the massage tent and enjoyed the African Footprint Ceremony. This is just what Dr. Kat ordered for her tired legs and feet. What a special treatment to soften, cool and hydrate. The masseuse did her thing so well I scheduled the same treatment for the next 2 days.
It’s dinner time now. I can hear the drummers beating and the dancers making their calls. Until next time…