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Today would be our last day on the Serengeti and the last day of our Safari. For me though, the day began at 3am when I got up to relieve myself. It was dark of course, I noticed a small pair of glowing eyes nearby in my head lamp as I walk to the bathrooms some 150 feet away from camp. No problem is seemed to be a small animal. What I did notice was that the night noises here were different than I’m used to at home in the woods. As I exited the bathroom, a strange high pitched loud whoop, sounded behind me. Not close enough to see but to definitely hear. I bit of a chill went up my spine as once again I reminded myself that the camp is on the open Serengeti and critters were here first. I felt a sudden need to GET BACK to my tent – oh yeah that’s stop ‘em…which I did. Whatever it was, then came through the camp knocking over a few things. I suspected it was a baboon but thought that it might be a hyena as well. Of course, I had to report it on Facebook right then. In talking with the guides in the morning, the felt it was a hyena that was passing through camp. Personally, I think it was laughing at me. Took a while to get back to sleep at that point.
Once again, got up around 5:30am to finish packing and have breakfast. Most of us were ready early and spent the time chatting over a second cup of tea or coffee. Everything packed into the Land Cruisers we hit the road again for our second set of sunrise shots. Same tree, similar results. Still can’t decide which was the better sunrise of the two.
Continue reading Day 8 – Safari 3 – Serengeti – Ngorongoro – Karatu
The plan for the day was to get up before breakfast and catch – we hoped – a classic Serengeti sunrise. Michael said to bring your long lenses as this helps make the already big African sun bigger. Me being smarter than that, left my really big lens home and sort of regretted it later. Managed a dawn shot of the moon before everyone jumped in the vehicles.
Continue reading Day 7 – A Full Day on the Serengeti
Today is the beginning of the real Safari. Up at 3:30 sorta out of bed by 4:30 for more packing. We were told to pack light coming here, we were told to pack even lighter for Safari, it still wasn’t easy as most of us really weren’t sure what we’d need or what to expect. Somehow, I got the camera gear into my ThinkTank hip bags and rest of my stuff into my small bag. Felt like I should have more but I realized I’d have to make do regardless.
Breakfast, noticed that I’ve come to be excited about what we will be having each meal. The cooks put a lot of it in these stainless-steel pots with lids, it makes each meal service an interesting and tasty surprise. Breakfast at 6am on the road by 7ish. We are told that we have a schedule to meet including about 4 hours of driving to the Serengeti. So many questions in my mind about what’s coming and expectations of the animals and things we might see. Seems though that everyone has similar expectations.
By now we had gotten used to each other in our Land Cruiser on the drive to Karatu and the Masai village, it just felt right to be with this same group as we headed west to the Serengeti. (Daniel had told us that we might be switched around between cars and guides but it never happened on the trip as we just sorta bonded. Very cool.) As we headed out of town the terrain began to rise and turn greener. In what seemed like a long time we got to the gate to Ngorongoro Crater park.
Godlove had to deal with the usual paper work and we got out and walked around. First off there were (?) 20-30 similar Land Cruisers and their customers milling around. We were entertained by the small visitor’s center and well, toilets (the often repeated phrase on this trip was ‘never pass up the opportunity to use a toilet,’ very true, very true), and our first real bigger animals – baboons.
Daniel had said that he didn’t like them but they were so cute and so CLOSE. Being a newbie at this wild animal photography deal we…well I…shot lots of images of them. After all they were so close.
Continue reading Day 6 – Safari