After completing the Kenyan safari and having good luck in terms of animal sitings, Tanzania had a lot to compete with! We managed to see 4 of the big 5 in Kenya itself. For those who don't know the big five were the most sought after for hunting purposes, they are as follows:
Lions- valued for their manes
rhinos- for their horns
Elephants- for their tusks
Water buffalo- for their horns
Leopards- for their coat- which we had yet to see
We crossed the kenyan border into tanzania, with our first night in Arusha. Arusha is the fourth largest city in Tanzania with a pop of around 1.5 million people. Its a rather developed city compared to what we saw in Kenya. Arusha is known for holding the international criminal tribunal for Rwanda- the court responsible for trials related to the Rwandan genocides. apart from driving through the city we didnt spend much time here, its relatively unsafe in the evening time. Some interesting experiences to note- traffic similar to Delhi, we passed a landmark in the city marking this area as the center of Africa, a barber shop called boys to men, a cart selling goods with marketing- 'Hillary Clinton shopped here', lots of fruit and veggie stands (Tanzania is rich in agriculture to some degree- bananas, red bananas, sweet potatoes, corn, cashews, rice, maze, etc).
Our first safari excursion was to a place called lake manyara. It's known to have some of the greatest diversity of animals within Tanzania but unfortunately we had very little luck in seeing much here. It was parched and and large forrest that made it a challenge for us to see animals. Whilst a good experience it didn't compare to what we had seen thus far. Our hotel was beautiful, a luxury tented camp that served Indian food in the evening. We captured a beautiful sunset while chilling in the pool overlooking what was supposed to be more of the lake- but was completely dry.