plantation in Arusha
Serengeti Park including a
dawn balloon ride
The prize is watching
wildlife in their natural surroundings and the lions were the
prize. Here are some great shots. On the
left is a shot of lions mating. On the right is a lioness
guarding a giraffe kill to
keep the vultures and jackals away. We were able to drive right
up to them and they were neither threatened by us, nor were we
threatened by them. It made for great close-ups.
Leopards are great to
watch , but they're
always seen up in trees. This one is no exception. Giraffes
are so regal looking.
The most difficult animal
to spot in the Serengetti is the cheetah. Here is a shot I took
from my video of the only cheetah we saw. As it happened, I had
the only shot of the cheetah, since the other folks in the Land Rover
couldn't get their cameras up in time to shoot it before it sat back
down in the tall grass and became invisible.
We saw a great many
elephants and they all seemed so clean and healthy
looking. The first is an adult and the second is a frisky
juvenile. The third is a small herd.
We were able to visit a
Maasai village, where they showed us some
of their cultural heritage. We also took a few intra-country
flights, and here we flew over an active volcano, called Ol
Doinyo Lengai, which had erupted just a few weeks previously.
We had a balloon ride over the Serengeti at dawn and here is a shot of
it on the left. On the right is an open side Land Rover
used in Ruaha and Selous. We were actually able to drive right up
to the animals with these vehicles, including lions, and park just a
few feet away. As long as you're in the vehicle, they just see a
big green object. If you step out, you're lion meat!
Our accommodations were luxurious. Here is an example of our
Thomson Classic tent in the Serengeti and our covered luxury tent in