Safari - Arusha National Park

Absolutely forever ago. Probably my first weekend in Tanzania, the opportunity to join a group of volunteers from St Jude’s on a day safari to Arusha National Park, came my way. I knew this wasn’t the best safari on offer, but as I wasn’t sure of my schedule and budget, I thought I’d best jump on it. It was a nice day out, but I do wish I saved the money to put towards a safari to the Ngorongoro Crater or the Serengeti, which have more of the animals folks really want to see on safari. Although as I settle in here in Arusha, the idea of a safari grows less and less appealing.

I took a few photos on safari, obviously, and the group I went with assumed that having professional gear, my pictures would most likely be amazing. They are not. I’m no wildlife photographer and the time of day (11am to 3pm) made for terrible light. Any photographer with a shred of talent knows how important good light is. None the less, Here are some of the ordinary pictures.

Arusha National Park is home to Mt Meru, Tanzania’s second highest peak, next to Kili. Seen from almost everywhere in the School of St Jude. It actually took almost a week for me to look up and notice, only after someone commented how clearly you could see it that day. On a clear day, you can see from one to the other. Below is the view from the base of Meru looking across to Kili.

Photography by Dave Houldershaw