"In the distance, two cheetahs are swiping their paws at each other next to an old grey tree."

Anticipation and excitement as we finally land in Nairobi the sights, sounds and smells are intriguing. Seeking comfort and sleep in our hotel we can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings. We fly into the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, and greeted by an array of wildebeest standing in front of us – a photographer’s dream.

The next morning, we watch the sun rise with an early coffee before heading out in search of the infamous lion which we could hear calling throughout the night. We find the lion lying stretched out in the sun – it’s fluffy maine a fiery orange. The Masai people wearing striking red cloaks and traditional jewellery watch us drive by. We head north to Laikipia, comprising of semi-arid and bush savannah. We look out to the snow-capped Mount Kenya as we’re riding bicycles on dirt paths. Stopping only for water, we gaze at two giraffes wandering in the near distance.

Driving back down south to Amboseli National Park in the Loitoktok District – home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro – we drive in as the sun sets three shades of yellow with dark shadows where a herd of elephants are walking. We put up our tents for the night and see the majestic mountain illuminated by stars in the clear, dark sky. We continue our way into Tanzania and arrive at the bustling town of Arusha, full of activity and friendly faces we prepare for the next part of our adventure.

We’re on our way to Serengeti National Park – the UNESCO world heritage site in Tanzania. Winding our way down a dirt road, we stop quickly to let a giraffe cross. We see a spectacular mass movement of wildebeests flock to a large area of water. In the distance, two cheetahs are swiping their paws at each other next to an old grey tree.

After a balmy night under the stars, we head southwest to Mahale Mountain National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika to see chimpanzees. The lake is a glistening turquoise, meeting the dark green thick bushland where the chimpanzees call home. Our legs are put to work with a day of jungle trekking to see the chimpanzees close up – a one in a lifetime experience. We hear them before we see them; perched high up in the trees.

We drive to Selous National Park in the remote southeastern corner of Tanzania. We take in the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature. Birds are singing in trees and pumba’s are splashing loudly in water. After spending three weeks in this awe inspiring part of the world our wildlife journey comes to an end, it is with heavy hearts and fond memories that we now are returning home.

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