- Posted March 1, 2014 by
New York, New York
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Travel photo of the day
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
When I arrived in Nairobi Kenya for the start of my safari in 2007, I learned that my luggage was missing. After filing my missing luggage report, I arrived at my hotel in Nairobi, the starting point for my safari (camping tour) the following morning, with nothing but the clothes I was wearing and my camera. The next morning, they still had not located my luggage (which besides my clothes and anti-malaria medication also had my sleeping bag) and I had a choice to make. Stay in Nairobi for the next 7 days or take my chances and go on safari at the Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) without even a sleeping bag or change of clothing. For me, the choice was clear. The chance to see part of the Great Migration, one of the most amazing natural spectacles on Earth, in addition to the Ngongoro Crater, one of the most otherworldly places on our planet, was something I was not willing to pass on. After 6 days camping in the Serengeti National Park, which included a harrowing experience with a water buffalo, one of the most dangerous animals for tourists due to their temperament as well as warmer moments in which I develop an appreciation for the kindness of fellow tourists (who lent me their sleeping bag cover), the safari guide joked "you smell like a wildebeest." Thankfully, we passed by a tourist shop the next day on our way back to Nairobi and I was able to change to something cleaner. Still, the experience was breath-taking (and we did manage to catch our own slice of the Great Migration). Below is a picture of a herd of wildebeest in the Serengeti National Park right before the Great Migration.