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 noticed a herd of wildebeest in the distance, and I was joined by a superb starling and a white headed buffalo weaver before heading to my room.
After settling into my room for a bit, Keko and I headed out for an afternoon game drive, and Keko was determined to find the animal that I most hoped to see on this trip. At first it seemed like that dream was not going to come true today as we sighted almost every other animal: warthog, gamagama lizard, bataleur eagle, African white backed vulture, topi, Coke’s hartebeest, white bellied bustard, Grant’s gazelle, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and giraffe.
But then, out of nowhere, we see it… and it is not alone, it has 3 cubs! And what is this special animal? None other than the fastest land mammal, the cheetah. I have always thought the cheetah was the most beautiful of cats, if not animals in general, and seeing one live in the flesh, in its natural environment, cemented that opinion. Behold:
And to close this amazing day out, the Serengeti gave us a beautiful sunset and a rarely sighted Serval cat to welcome us back to camp.