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Serengeti, Tanzania

June 3, 2009

Day 32

Our hotel in Arusha was nice enough to provide beds with mosquito nets.

Our hotel in Arusha was nice enough to provide beds with mosquito nets.

Due to some confusion, complications, and other issues with our travel agent/tour company, we ended up leaving Mosquito Creek and coming back to Arusha today. In the end it was all sorted out, but we had to spend a night in Arusha before we could go out to Serengeti. On the bright side, our hotel was really cheap and also the best hotel we had stayed in on the trip by far.

Day 33

We left Arusha early today to head out to Serengeti. We arrived in Serengeti National Park a little bit after lunch and did a game drive en route to our camp, which is in the middle of the park. Along the way, we got to see the beginnings of the great migration of wildebeest and zebras from Serengeti in the south, up to Kenya in the north. We were early in the year for the real migration, but the animals were already starting to group together. There were groups of hundreds of thousands. I couldn’t believe how many of them there were and it wasn’t even the real migration yet.

A viewpoint looking out of the endless plain of Serengeti.

A viewpoint looking out of the endless plain of Serengeti.

The agama lizard. It doesnt look like it with the purple and pink colors, but these are really pretty difficult to spot laying on the rocks until they move.

The agama lizard. It doesn't look like it with the purple and pink colors, but these are really pretty difficult to spot laying on the rocks until they move.

Once again, pictures dont really do it justice. We were completely surrounded by wildebeast here as they began to gather together in preparation for the migration north in a few weeks.

Once again, pictures don't really do it justice. We were completely surrounded by wildebeest here as they began to gather together in preparation for the migration north in a few weeks.

Another beautiful African sunset. Were getting spoiled.

Another beautiful African sunset. We're getting spoiled.

Day 34

We left camp at 6:15 AM today to go on another game drive. Serengeti it so big, that you can go miles without seeing anything, and then all the sudden, you see all the animals clumped together like we did yesterday. We drove for a long time this morning without seeing hardly anything, but then we finally spotted the only member of  “The Big 5” that we hadn’t seen yet: the Leopard.

A leopard in a tree in Serengeti National Park

A leopard in a tree in Serengeti National Park

Someones a little too pleased with himself for being the one to spot the leopard.

Someone's a little too pleased with himself for being the one to spot the leopard.

A tawny eagle. This was the closest we ever got to one, although we saw several soaring about us throughout the trip.

A tawny eagle. This was the closest we ever got to one, although we saw several soaring about us throughout the trip.

Easy there big fella...

Easy there big fella...

After spotting the leopard, we went back to camp to rest during the day. Along the way, we spotted two animals worth mentioning. The first was the tawny eagle, which we hadn’t been able to get close to up until now. The second was a large hippo that was out of the water.

In the afternoon, we visited the hippo pool. We got pretty close. I was a little nervous, as hippos kill more people than any other animal in the world (or so I’m told). These seemed to be fairly use to humans’ presence however.

That night, while sleeping in our tent, there were some lions and hyenas really close. The hyenas were making a lot of noise getting into some of the garbage cans. I couldn’t believe how close they were. Needless to say, you’re not really supposed to leave your tent at night here. However, sometimes, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Lori couldn’t hold it in until morning, so very slowly we shined our flashlights out of the tent looking for any animals. When we didn’t see any, we went ahead and stepped out so that Lori could go on the side of the tent. When we got back inside, I couldn’t help pointing out,

Now you know I love you, because I risked my life so that you could pee.

We got a good laugh out of it anyway.

Day 35

We broke camp and headed straight out of the park. Along the way, a local village had put up road blocks to protest people driving too fast through their village. Earlier that day, someone had been hit by a car, so the whole town was a little worked up. The police finally cleared the road however, and we were able to continue on. We arrived back in Arusha and stayed at the same hotel we did before.

Day 36

Our bus for Nairobi left around 2 PM, so we checked email at the hotel until it was time to leave. The bus from Arusha to Nairobi was very bumpy and dusty and took about 7 hours to reach the airport. Needless to say, we were a little tired when we got to the airport around 9:30. Unfortunately, our flight doesn’t leave until 4 AM (what is it with flight times in the part of the world), and we can’t check in until 3 hours before the flight, so we went to a little cafe outside of the airport to kill a few hours and then ended up sleeping for an hour on the floor in the check-in area until we could go into the airport.

Day 37

Around 1 AM we can finally check into our flight. By the time that we get into the airport however, all of the shops and restaurants are closed, so we just sit at the gate for a few hours. We take off on-time around 4 AM, and we’re off to Cairo.

Day 37 to be contined in the Egypt post…

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    June 10, 2009 2:45 pm

    Aww..things you do for love – searching for lions & hynenas so your wife could pee – too cute!

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