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Safari Gallery

All the pictures and videos in one place Lion Cheetah Leopard Serval Cat Elephant Giraffe Hippo Zebra Hyena and Jackal Wildebeest (Gnu) Cape/African Buffalo Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle Impala Topi, Eland, Klipspringer, Dikdik, and Coke’s Hartebeest Ostrich Hooded, white backed, lappet faced, and Ruppel’s griffon vulture Bataleur, tawny and black chested snake eagle Verreaux’s eagle […]

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Safari Epilogue

Being home now and looking over what I posted, I realize it was a very forensic overview of the animals I saw and not much on what the experience meant for me or my interactions with the people of Tanzania. To be honest, other than the safari guides and the staff at the lodges and […]

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Zanzibar

Although it was very sad to end my safari, I know that the many amazing things I saw and experienced are now permanently burned into my memory… assuming I never suffer from some degenerative brain disease in my dotage. Plus I was looking forward to my first dives in the Indian Ocean and just relaxing […]

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Goodbye Serengeti

As always, all good things must come to an end. Today is my last day in the Serengeti and right after breakfast, Keko took me to the airport for my flight to Zanzibar, allowing a little extra time for the inevitable stops for wildlife. You should be able to identify everything in these pictures by […]

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Close Encounter of the Herd Kind

After the balloon champagne breakfast, as we started the drive back to camp, we became almost completely surrounded by a huge herd of wildebeest and zebra. But that is not the very special event I referred at the end of my last post. We also saw a bataleur eagle taking flight, a crocodile by the […]

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Hot Air Balloon Safari

For something different, I opted to do a hot air balloon safari for my 6th day in the Serengeti. This required leaving my camp at 4:00 am as the launch site was a couple of hours away and they like to launch at sunrise. As we were flying alternately low and high over the Serengeti […]

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Cat’s Cradle

Even before I left for my safari trip, I was told that Namiri Plains in the western Serengeti was one of the best big cat viewing areas, and this certainly proved to be true for me. Although I did not see any new big cats going forward, I saw more cheetah and had closer encounters […]

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Namiri Plains Camp

Arriving at Namiri Plains Camp I was once again greeted with song. This is a larger, permanent camp that, unlike the last camp, had guests other than myself, so the greeting crew was substantially larger. The first order of business here was to get some lunch and check in to my “tent.” During lunch I […]

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Off to Central Serengeti

On my 4th day in the Serengeti, it was time to move to Namiri Plains Camp in central Serengeti. But that does not mean that this day was a bust for animal sightings. Au contraire! After taking a last scenic shot of the view from Olakira camp, being joined at breakfast by a lesser striped […]

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Serengeti Day 3

Setting off for another full day game drive after breakfast, our first stop again was to see what was happening by that elephant carcass, and again it did not disappoint. Today, there were a couple of male lions feeding on it, everyone else seemingly having had their fill. We did not spend much time today […]