Running wild: Our Serengeti Safari Marathon Adventure 2023 edition
November 11th, 2023. Latifah Salim, assistant transport manager at Tanzania Specialist and a few of her colleagues, are attending the 6th edition of the Serengeti Safari Marathon. On their way, they also take some time to explore the famous Serengeti National Park. Some of them are seasoned safari-goers, while others are rookies, but all of them, are eager to experience the magic of Tanzania.
Will they cross the finish line ? Were there are lions out there ? Take a seat and keep reading, Latifah tells us their story.
November 9th. ‘Our adventure starts with a picturesque rendezvous at the Manyara Best View Lodge, where we are greeted with breathtaking views and a delicious lunch. We stroll through the Diamond Room, where shelves sparkle with beautifully organised diamonds, putting even the night sky to shame. After that, we journey to the Ngorongoro gate, where we take photos of the beautiful main gate and proceed with our registration. The Ngorongoro Crater offers a stunning view and fresh air, and the Serengeti National Park is not that far anymore.
That night, we stay at Malaika Tented Camp, where we are welcomed with with the famous Swahili song “Jambo, Jambo bwana.” The dinner is sumptuous and the delicious cake disappears as quickly as it arrives. The nighttime atmosphere is unforgettable, with birds chirping, hyenas chattering, and lions roaring. Once again, Malaika Tented Lodge meets our expectations and provides a fantastic experience.
November 10th. We are now gearing up for a Serengeti game drive and hanging out with antelopes, zebras, crocs, hippos — basically, the A-listers of the animal world: elephants and hyenas. Some of them have already been to Serengeti National Park before, but not me. This is my very first time here and I am learning a lot about the animals and of course, enjoying the views. In short: an amazing experience.
Serengeti Safari Marathon
November 11, 3 am. We are all awake and ready, today we’ll run 21km in Serengeti National Park. Thankfully, the weather is perfect and we all run the 21 km, hitting the finish line in one piece. Great atmosphere, this marathon isn’t just a run; it’s a place to meet great people from different backgrounds, places and organisations. Plus the Serengeti views? Unreal.
As our journey ends, we plan to visit Maasai Dance in Makuyuni area – dancing, BBQ, and bonding with our new Maasai friends. We capture shots, groove to the dances, and make unforgettable memories.
This Serengeti Safari Marathon adventure full of breathtaking views, and I have had a lot of fun with my friends. One of the best moments was dancing with the Maasai people – it’s an experience I’ll never forget. A big thank you to our management team for supporting this amazing trip.’