For honeymooners and families, luxury tented camps provide a romantic and exciting setting. As for us, we knew that our honeymoon would be short-lived and we would be downgrading to a true camping tent the closer and closer we go to our Kilimanjaro trek. Jackie and I took to our upgraded tents like the girl scouts on Troop Beverly Hills. What a thrill!
Given our tent was the size of, if not larger, than most studio apartments in New York City, we made ourselves feel right at home. In Tarangire, we stayed at the Lake Burunge Tented Camp. When we pulled up to the tented safari camp, it felt as if we were in the middle of nowhere and this beautiful hotel had just sprung up from the ground. An expansive deck, overlooking the bush, was the ideal setting for a candlelit dinner for 3 to unwind from our afternoon game drive. Unlike other travelers, we always made it a point to invite our guide to join us. When your safari guide is as charming as he is informative, it was nice to have dinner with Alex and pick his brain.
After dinner, we reconvened around the fire pit, with other couples and families. The fire, also known as Bush TV, was the only thing at night for us to watch. And if you ask me, a star-filled sky, a warm fire and conversation with people from all over the world trumps any episode on air. There was a couple from Boston and a family from Egypt (the father was if not a, but the, top judge there). You should have seen me re-introduce myself. Hi, I'm Lauren, pleasure is all mine. No, really, when can we visit you and the pyramids? Sometimes, I can be quite entertaining and sometimes I should just call it a night and head to bed. After we got our fill of Bush TV, we bid our goodnights to our new friends and were escorted with a bow and arrow to our separate tents. That escort better have sharp aim because we did not want to make friends with any hyenas!
Stay bitten ;)