Africa 2019 Part 3

Day 5 and 6.

Day 5. Today we are leaving Karatu and heading to the Serengeti National Park.

Skirting the edge of the Ngorongoro crater we were able to stop at a vantage point to look back to the landscape we had visited.

We started to drive down from the high ground around the crater and descended to the flat lands of the Serengeti plains. On the way we passed some more Maasai villages.

Maasai along the route
Maasai villages along the route.
Small, medium and large!
The monument called ‘The Cradle of Man’ which commemorates the work done by Louis and Mary Leakey in discovering fossils of early mankind in this area.
Keith posing by the entrance to the Serengeti.
A Topi.
The plains seem to go on forever.
Our tented camp for the next three nights.

We arrived at our next accommodation which is a tent on the Serengeti plains. A very luxurious tent though with an en-suite toilet and shower. The shower though was a bag hoisted up a pole behind the tent. You had to ask for the water to be delivered as it had to be heated over the fire first. We also had to have a shower whilst it was still light as no one was allowed to wander through the camp after dark as there were many wild animals around.

Our tent.
Having a welcome beer after a dusty day driving to the camp.

Day 6. Start of our early morning game drives.

Sunrise at 06:00 am the next morning.
Lions guarding a wildebeest kill.

We stopped at this point to watch a pride of lions. They had a wildebeest kill and they were guarding it from the prowling hyenas in the background that wanted to steal it from them.

The lions would get up and move around but always leave two lions guarding their kill.

To get some shade they would even wander over and flop down under the Toyota.
These small deer would stand high up on the kopjes for a good vantage point.
Cheetah

Our next sighting was these two cheetahs which had obviously just fed.

Cheetah’s head covered in blood from where it had been feeding.

The cheetah fare very well in these large open plains which suits their high speed hunting style.

Further along we came upon this group of lions spread out amongst the rocks.
Hippo

We came upon a rather shallow pond and was amazed to see a hippo had taken up residence. He was even so obliging that he gave us a yawn.

More cheetah on the prowl in the grass.
Some more lions relaxing on some rocks.
The zebra loved to roll in the dust!
Evening and storm clouds rolling in on the Serengeti.
Wart Hog.

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