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  • Day11

    Serengeti National Park

    July 23, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We spent the morning driving around and found the same pride from the previous evening and spent along time following them as they walked along the river bed. Thankfully they didn't try to get the baby elephant that we saw at sunrise. Later we saw another huge pride with some playful young ones. Our time in the park was over all too quickly but we have seen alot of wildlife up close. It took about six hours to get back to our truck, thankfully we were passing through some Masai villages and beautiful landscape on the way. Back at snake park they had fed the snakes there once a week live meal. It was quite weird seeing large chickens crowing while sat next to a big snake. We were rooting fir the little white mice who survived the night!Read more

  • Day34

    Day 33 & 34: Serengeti national park

    March 7, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

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  • Day51

    Serengeti Shuhudia Adventure Camp

    November 15, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Helga wollte abreisen.
    In der Nacht waren auch Löwen und Hyänen zu hören. Aber ich hab geschlafen. Wahrscheinlich wegen dem Gewitter

  • Day12

    Day 11: Serengeti Day 1

    March 16, 2011 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today we were to drive north over the volcanic highlands, to the Serengeti plains beyond. We bumped into Kevin & Keith at breakfast, they had been doing the 6-day Machame route on Kili and so they'd been in our group for the first few days of the trek. We had a nice breakfast with them and Keith's family, chatting about the sumit push, the aftermath, and the earthquake in Japan. Traded contact details and parted, they were almost finished with their 3-day safari so we likely wouldn't meet them again.

    After breakfast came our first setback. Edwin noticed that our front-right wheel was missing 4 of 6 wheelnuts, and he understandably didn't want to cross the Serengeti without them. It could be easily fixed, but would require a 30-minute stop in Karatu. OK, no worries. Hakuna matata.

    So we drove into town, pulled up at Edwin's friend's shop and waited. A kid on a bike looked at it and disappeared, reappearing later with a young-ish guy in a red cap who appeared to be the actual mechanic. He removed the wheel, then the entire wheel assembly. Edwin ran off down the road, returning via motorbike about 20 minutes later. People came and went, chatted, locals went about their business, chatted, and finally our car was ready to go. It only took 1 hour 45 minutes! A good insight into African business styles.

    Finally we're off to the Serengeti. To get there we drove past the Ngorongoro Crater, through the conservation area. Once through the gate, the tarmac rapidly gave way to dirt tracks, some of which were very rough. We drove through the forest on the crater rim, before heading into the highlands that border the Serengeti. Going down a particularly rough section, Edwin notices a flat tyre. Lucky we have two spares! He and I jump out and change the tyre, though he mentions in passing that the other spare is already flat. Shit.

    We drive through the highlands without further incident, past loads of little mud hut villages inhabited by Maasai herdsmen. They're mostly nomadic and are permitted to live in the area provided they don't farm. They stick mostly to traditional ways, as their fierce warrior culture kept most of them off the slave ships. But it's not uncommon to see them using mobile phones; we even saw a Coke truck unloading supplies at one village!

    Eventually we descended from the highlands and stopped for lunch at Olduvai Gorge. This place is famous for being the source of two humanoid precursor species - Australopithecus and homo erectus. The Laetoli footprints fossil was also found nearby. The talk and museum were interesting but paleoanthropology doesn't make a great spectator sport, so we pressed on.

    Eventually the huge gate of Serengeti NP loomed out of the afternoon sun. We'd made it! Our game drive commenced.

    One of the first animals we encountered was a rare cheetah! He was sunning on a rock just off the road, so we naughtily turned off and drove toward him. He noticed us and slunk away into the grass, but we got some good photos.

    Game driving is simultaneously exciting and boring. You're always alert for animal sightings, but they can be few and far between. The afternoon was spent driving around the immense national park. Highlights included - a mother leopard and her cub in a distant tree, a pride of lions sleeping under a tree, elephants, lots of giraffes, uncountable numbers of zebra and wildebeest, warthogs, buffalo, and a stream full of hippos. Late in the evening we headed off, but a mile from the exit gate we heard the unmistakable sound of a flat tyre. Shit, no spares.

    Luckily for us, Zara Tours had one other car in the park. Edwin called them, and the driver promised he'd be there in 15 minutes with a replacement tyre. 45 minutes later and in near darkness, he arrived. The tyre was promptly changed and we drove the 20 minutes to our hotel, the Ikoma Wild Camp.

    It's a little collection of huts and permanent tents about 10km from the nearest village. We were staying in a tent the size of a normal hotel room, but located in a permanent hut building. Very rustic, but nice. On check-in, we noticed that us and the other Zara Tours car were the only guests! In the other car was a nice middle-aged couple from Redondo Beach, California - Jim and his wife Amanda. We shared dinner and a drink with them before heading to bed.
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  • Day12

    Serengeti Impalas

    June 2, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Impala Scent Glands: Of the 32 species of antelope in Southern Africa, impala are the only species to feature metatarsal glands above the hoof of the hind legs. It has been proposed that the scent released from this gland may act as a chemical cue for other herd members to follow during a chase.

  • Day13

    Serengeti Steinbuck

    June 3, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Steenbok stand 45–60 cm (16"-24") at the shoulder. Their pelage (coat) is any shade from fawn to rufous, typically rather orange. The underside, including chin and throat, is white, as is the ring around the eye. Ears are large with "finger-marks" on the inside. Males have straight, smooth, parallel horns 7–19 cm long (see image left). There is a black crescent-shape between the ears, a long black bridge to the glossy black nose, and a black circular scent-gland in front of the eye. The tail is not usually visible, being only 4–6 cm long.Read more

  • Day24

    Serengeti - Second Day

    December 18, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    I heard hyenas wooping close to the tent during the cool of the night and when I got up in the starry pre-dawn sky my head torch caught the eyes and then the form of a hyena on the edge of the brush. The half moon created a nice halo in the mist and we had a cooked breakfast prepared for us. The sun rose brightly into the sky illuminating the thin white clouds. We drove out into the Serengeti which was wet and muddy from the overnight storms. The animals were noticeably less apparent than yesterday, which seems to be the way with morning drives, as the animals retreat to shelter from the hot African sun in the brush. We saw a few hartebeest by the road and a jackal in the long grass. Then we saw a special sight - a hyena mother and her four young cubs, sheltering in a hollow by the road. It was wonderful to see a hyena family with the siblings play fighting and muzzling each other. We then visited a few large rocky outcrops looking for leopards but instead saw the smallest antelope, the dick-dick. We saw a very rare eagle? in a tree by the road. We spent some time trying, and failing, to rescue a stricken vehicle trapped in the mud, its occupants trying to make flight which they inevitably missed. Further down the muddy road, one of our fellow travellers, Grant, who is an excellent wildlife spotter, saw a cheetah in the long grass. We followed it, and then we saw two cheetahs stalking through the grass which then crossed the road in front of us. We drove on and past a beautifully coloured bird, the Lilac Breasted Roller, in a small tree, as it took off, it formed a bursting kaleidoscope of colours. We next found two lions under a tree in long grass. A poor sighted warthog foolishly came within close range of the lions, but fortunately for him the lions were inexperienced and made a fairly pathetic attempt at a chase it which sent the warthog scampering away through the grasses. We then stopped at a tourist centre for refreshments and on the way out we saw several lionesses resting in a tree which is a fairly rare sight in Africa - the Serengeti is one of the few places where it happens. We watched them climb, move between branches, lounge with their tails dangling down and then descend the tree to lie in the grass.. As we drove back towards the park gates we came across a number of hippos in a pool. A bit further on from the pool we saw a large, maned, male lion panting next to a small hippo kill. Two lionesses, who probably made the kill, were sat in the foreground. Just to add to our embarrassment of riches with lion sightings, we then came across a large lioness by the roadside a little further along the road. It was astounding how many lions we saw on this two day safari. After stopping at some park toilets for lunch with impossibly distant views over the endless plains, we careered over dusty, bumpy roads to, and through, the park gates. We passed mile after mile of plains filled with wildebeest, zebra and antelope. It was an awe inspiring sight to see such a mass of life on these seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti. We began to climb the huge rim of the Ngorogoro crater again with views back to the vast Serengeti plains we had just left. We stopped at the spectacular viewpoint over the Ngorogoro crater again, and the sheer beauty of the crater was still difficult to take in even though we had now visited it's natural wonders. We were able to trace out our route around the crater the previous day and see that the small lake with the hippos which we'd visited was right in the centre of the crater. We said our goodbyes to this garden of eden and the cradle of humanity in the Serengeti and returned to the campsite at Arusha on welcome smooth tarmac roads. Returning to the campsite, it felt like I'd been away for a week rather than a couple of days, as we'd experienced snd and witnessed so much in that short space of time.Read more

  • Day45

    Serengeti - Dag 2

    October 25, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Die dag breek rooi en mooi, en later pak die wolke saam - én die hamerkop vlieg hoog - maar reën reën dit nie. Ons ry eers noord van ons kampplek (Dik-Dik, naby Seronera) tot by 'n poel waarin 40 seekoeie lê, daarna draai ons weer terug na rondom Seronera waar die leeus weer vir ons wag: hier 'n wyfie met 'n sebravangs, elders twee jong mannetjies wat slaap, en teen sonsondergang 'n hele familie wat die laaste beendere van 'n karkas uitmekaarskeur. Nou is dit donker, en tyd vir kosmaak by die kamp.Read more

  • Day1

    Serengeti

    April 24, 2018 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

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