By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, January 27th, 2008 at 6:00 am in Family Travel.
We’ve spent the last few months traveling the world – vicariously – through our adventuresome readers. This time, we’re off to Africa with the Tennenbaums of Oakland, and they’re giving us the scoop on where to go, what to do and how to do it….
THE TREK IN A SEC: This Oakland family spent 12 days in Tanzania, Africa for a “Safari Serengeti” trip — and 25th wedding anniversary celebration.
THE TRAVELERS: Lee Eisman, founder of East Bay Moms, husband, Jay Tennenbaum, retired, and their son Jordan, age 14.
BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTEL: In the Serengeti, the family stayed in tent cabins – remarkably comfortable, says Eisman, with fully outfitted bathrooms with toilets and showers. Elsewhere, the family loved the Ngorongoro Farm House, which consisted of comfortable bungalows near the Oldeani Volcano.
COOLEST SIGHTSEEING: Serengeti National Park was the trip highlight. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the oldest ecosystems on earth, known for its vast migrations of wildebeests and zebras, and diverse wildlife. “At Serengeti National Park,” says Eisman, “We saw lions, cheetahs, a leopoard, hippos, zebras, wildebeests, warthogs, dikdiks, gazelles, and more. It was truly amazing.”
Visiting the Serengeti has been a lifelong dream for the Tennenbaums, but the family also explored other sights, from a Masai village to a local cheese-making business, Tarangire National and Ngorongorno Crater.
MOST MEMORABLE DINING EXPERIENCE: On the last night of their safari, the chef “prepared a traditional African meal for our last night there,” says Eisman. “The food was delicious, and we ate it with our hands.”
TRAVEL TIP: If you’re traveling to exotic locations, Eisman highly recommends using a reputable trek company, such as Overseas Adventure Travel, to make the arrangements. “It was wonderful to have all of our activities planned,” she says, “and not have to worry about where to stay, what to see, where to eat, etc.”