Day 2 started at the Panorama camp with an early breakfast, sunrise watch, and then we were off on our way! We were driving to the Serengeti National Park, which was about a 3-4 hour journey. On our way, we actually drove past the Ngorongoro Crater, so we stopped to look at it from above.
This picture doesn’t quite capture the Ngorongoro Crater’s beauty. It is massive and it just feels like you’re standing on the edge of the world.
We made a quick stop at the Simba campsite, where we would be camping the next day to grab our camping equipment! The last camp provided us with equipment, but for the next 2 days we would need to take our own. It ended up as a blue bundle on the roof!
We had the option to stop near the Ngorongoro Crater to see a Maasai village. We chose to do it and had a really beautiful, educational experience!
The villagers performing a welcome dance – you can see the men wear shades of red and women wear shades of blue. The huts on the edge of the picture are made from cow dung and sticks – we got to go inside one of them, but I couldn’t take pictures because it was too dark and small inside!
After a lot of waiting (each park has a long process to enter), we finally made it inside the Serengeti! However, it was just around sunset when we got there so we didn’t see many animals – just drove our way through to the campsite. I still got some gorgeous pictures as we were driving!
This campsite was less nice, but still clean. No electricity (thank you for iPhone flashlights), but sleeping under the Serengeti stars was an extra special experience. We were warned that hyenas would visit the camp at night, so we were not to leave our tents after we went in them. The campsites at any of these parks are not fenced in or anything, so animals visit frequently. I did in fact hear the hyenas that night and it was especially terrifying, but I made it out alive!
Our car in the sunset!