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The Serengeti, June 15-17 (LAS)


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Between our experiences in the Mara and yesterdays sightings in Lake Manyara, we had seen almost everything that we could have hoped to see.  Our big hope was to see the wildebeest migration.  We didn’t time the river crossing very well and it seems that the herd had already moved north out of the park.  Fortunately, the other 2 on tour with us were open to finding them and our guide chatted with other guides and eventually found them for us.  They weren’t in the water, but there were TONS of them!  It was excellent!  Our most excellent group:

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

We left Lake Manyara this morning and headed for the Serengeti.  As we approached the observation point for the Crater, it was quite cold and misty.  As we made our way down to the plains of the Serengeti, we saw large flocks of ostrich, impalasa, giraffes, gazelles, and kori bustards on our way to the park entrance.  While our guide dealt with permit issues, we made a short hike to enjoy the views of the plains.

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After entering the park, we completed a shortened game drive on the way to the campsite.  We saw a pride of lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, crocodiles, and wildebeest while en route to our campsite.

Monday, June 16, 2008

After a bit of chatting around, our guide heard that the wildebeest migration had moved just north of the park, but was confident that we could find them this morning.  With that, off we went.  On the way, we saw 4 lazy lions, a lot of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, impala, and a few buffalo.  We also lucked out and saw a bunch of vultures and storks enjoying the remainings of a recent kill.  When we located the migration, there were wildebeests as far as you could see.  In every direction that you looked, they were spotted across the landscape - it was awesome!  We were a bit surprised by how skiddish they were (and thus the odd noises they made at us)  It was cool!

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After we left the migration, we swung by a really smelly hippo pool.  It was fun to listen to them - I am working on my hippo imitation (quality stuff).

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After lunch, we went on an afternoon drive and stumbled onto “lion road”.  We saw several within a stretch, including a lioness lying right along the edge of the road.  Her paws were HUGE!!

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We saw a huge pack of elephants and watched/listened to a couple of the smaller ones battle tusks.  We saw lots more baboons and a strange, small wildcat (Still working on what it was).  We enjoyed a very cool sunset/moon rise from the campsite.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

We were up early this morning for a sunrise game drive.  We watched a male lion walking near a small waterway early in the day.  Later in the day, we saw a few lines near a small pool.  As we sat and watched, we realized that it is actually quite a large group - at least 9 lions, some of which were little cubs.  We saw some gazelles nearby, but there was no interest from the lions (bummer!). 

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After brunch at the campsite, we packed up and headed for Ngorongoro Crater.  We saw a male lion on the way out, but not much else as we made our way to the Crater.

-LAS

 

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