Why were you inspired to do this?
Growing up I watched the Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom every week. This show was my first introduction to the real Africa and I really wanted to see a Giraffe in the Wild. My friend Christian asked me if I wanted to go to Kenya and Tanzania on Safari and I said yes on the spot.
What were 3 things you did to make this happen?
1. Getting there - Flights to Nairobi, Kenya were about $2k from North America and then we took a bus to Arusha, Tanzania
2. Safari Company - We used Roy's Safari's who organized a 41/2 day camping safari for us. I think it was about $800 each, as there were 3 of us. We headed out to the bush in a classic old white Land Rover with our Guide/Cook.
3. Patience - Our Safari took us across to the Serengeti for 2 days and then back through the Ngorongoro Crater for a 11/2 days then back to Arusha. There were long distances to cover in a very rough truck.
How did you feel once you had accomplished this?
I had to get used to the idea that finding the "Big Five" was not going to be easy. On our first day we saw plenty of Antelope, a few giraffe :) and towards the end of the day we finally saw our first Lion (1) perched high on a cliff overlooking the plains. Then the next morning we came across a heard of Cape Buffalo (2) It was not until the end of our 2nd day that we sited a heard of Elephants (3). I'm like how hard is it to find something that large! We left the Serengeti and headed to the Ngorongoro Crater where we came across the Black Rhino (4). It looked like we may miss out on the final prize but as we started out of the Crater we spotted the Leopard (5) high on a tree. What a thrill and such a beauty to see her tail hanging and oblivious to our presence. The Crater was amazing and I wish we had more time there as it really was cool to see so many of Africa's Wildlife together in a relatively small environment.
Additional notes and tips:
We used Roy's Safaris' http://www.roysafaris.com/
They were excellent and for what we paid it was well worth it. The tents and food were more than adequate and we all loved it. At night in the campground there are armed guards protecting the site from, Lions and its not unusual for a heard of Zebra to be grazing by your tent in the middle of the night!!