Recently, I got the opportunity to go on my first Serengeti Safari. I’d heard from many of my friends and co-workers that the safari was an experience like no other, but I had no idea what to expect. Here's a recap of my experience.
Several families accompanied me on the safari - both adults and children, all looking forward to this unique adventure.
At the beginning of the tour, we stopped next to several white rhinos relaxing in the shade, (understandable since it was about 85 degrees outside!) and had a chance to take their picture while our guide shared some fun facts with us.
After we passed the rhinos, we came upon a group of wildebeests who were also resting in the shade, avoiding the summer sun. I learned that wildebeests are known for their "great migration" which is dictated by weather patterns.
Next we arrived at the area where the zebras like to hang out. Everyone wanted to get a picture of the "best dressed animal on the Serengeti."
Did you know that no two zebras have the same stripe pattern?
The safari is an awesome experience for the whole family. The kids on the safari really enjoyed being able to take their own pictures of all the animals.
After seeing all of these exciting animals, the moment everyone had been waiting for had arrived.
It was time to feed the giraffes!
As soon as our safari truck pulled up, the giraffes started making their way towards us, knowing that our truck was fully stocked with lettuce.
Once we started feeding them, more and more giraffes arrived until they surrounded us on every side.
Everyone had a great time letting the giraffe’s long slimy tongue take the lettuce right out of their hands.
The giraffes certainly weren’t shy about asking for more lettuce. They came over and stuck their heads right into the truck looking for more of their favorite treat.
I would definitely recommend making time for this safari during your trip to Busch Gardens. It was really memorable and I can’t wait to go again. This is an experience that very few places in the world offer, so you don't want to miss your chance!
You can go on safari, too. During the 30 minute off-road safari, you'll see lots of fascinating African wildlife and get up-close to some you can even feed by hand. This safari also provides excellent photo opportunites for the family.
- Pick up your tickets no later than one hour before your tour time at the Up Close Adventure Center as soon as you enter the park. You will receive tickets and a map with instructions on when/where to check in for your tour.
- Make sure you bring a camera!
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