Serengeti Day 2

January 27, 2008 - Serengeti, Tanzania

Dave:

On the second day at the Serengeti, Mark, Terry and I decided to do another early morning game drive. Namita wanted to stay back to sleep in and then write in the journal. I had my doubts on the journal part and sure enough when we returned at 8:30 she was just getting out of the shower. That moring we actually saw another leopard, rewarding us for getting up early. Mark actually spotted it while it was still fairly dark. This one was much more shy. This time we were the only truck there but as soon as we stopped, the cat stood up, posed for a shot but then climbed down the tree and headed deeper into the bush. On our way back through Bariki spotted the same leopard in another tree further away but once again when we stopped it moved on.

As we started the journey out of the Serengeti, towards the Ngorongoro Crater, we saw a third leopard from the distance. We also saw a male Lion at the bank of a river feeding on something. It took us a few minutes before we saw it was the carcass of an elephant!

The open plains of the Seregeti were completely full of Zebra and Wildebeast, at times, as far as the eye could see. It is their migration season and there are 1.2 million Wildebeast in the area. At one point the straight, flat road we were travelling was covered with the timid animals. They will run and jump across the side of the road if trucks are nearby. They are rather fast and good jumpers for such top heavy animals. At one point the road near a river was flooded. We slowly looked upstream to see if there was a better place to cross when we saw hundreds of Wildebeast looking at us as we cut off their route. Bariki turned the truck to them and got them running in the river and then away from them. The stampede was incredible site - first splashing up water and then turning up dust.

That night we stayed at the Ngorongoro Crater Serena. What a spectacular view! Beautiful sunset and sunrise.


Pictures

Sunset over the Crater
View of the Crater from our Room
Stampede of Wildebeast
Road Block
 
 
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