By Francis Peter – Farewell To The Green Season
Jambo from Tanzania. My name is Francis Peter, driver-guide with ADS, and I have yet another bush report to share with you. I just returned home from my most recent safari. This time I traveled with 2 honeymooners from New York, USA named Brian and Stacey. We had an incredible experience while on safari and saw all the main wildlife viewing highlights. It was quite an impressive itinerary with 3 nights luxury camping on the Serengeti Plains at Naabi Hill, 2 nights at Lake Masek Lodge, 2 nights at the ultra luxurious Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and 1 night at the Manor Lodge. It was a very nice safari itinerary for the end of the green season and especially good since we had some late rains this year, which kept many of the migratory animals out on the southern and eastern Serengeti plains.
One of the highlights of the safari was witnessing two male cheethas hunt and chase down a wildebeest in the Gol Kopjes area of the East Serengeti. These two cheetahs are brothers and they have formed a coalition. Many people think of cheetahs as solitary animals but related males do join together while it is the females of the species that lead solitary lives.
Nothing is wasted here on the Serengeti Plains.
Male lion at Gol Kopjes, East Serengeti.
Retired elephant bulls down in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Giraffes at Lake Ndutu.
Lions copulating in the Crater.
Elephants crossing the Crater floor with babies. This is an unusual sighting as young elephants are seldom seen for long in the Crater.
Elephants playing in the water at Lake Masek, South Serengeti.
Uncountable number of migrating wildebeest near Kusini and moving to Moru Kopjes.
A lion cub only a few weeks old greets his pride.
A lioness in the morning light stalking zebras in the Ndutu forest, South Serengeti.
This lioness has followed the migration and has succeeded in making a kill on the Matiti plains of the South Serengeti.
I hope you have enjoyed my photos.