Moments That Took Our Breath Away!
From childhood into adulthood one is exposed of Africa through many venues; books, magazines, movies, etc. But nothing can prepare you for what the human eye sees, the constant change of emotions derived from changing feelings, sense of intoxicating aromas and a never ending Serengeti full with wonders of life. I will try to expose these emotions; however, I am confident that neither the following words nor pictures will fully capture the actual moments. Some of these moments were in:
o The constantly changing colors blending with terrain, vegetation and light of day
o The wakening of each day by singing birds, the shuffling of animals and the roar of the male Lion. Each communicating its own message of life, struggle and dominance
o The constant battle for survival with protecting parents of their young. The quick training that must quickly pass on for both predator and pray
o The stalking before the chase, the chase, evasions and final outcomes of the most skilled
o The parental loving attention and sharing of the fresh kill by a dominant family of Lions or Cheetahs
o The almost comical approach and participation by Hyenas, Jackals and Vultures as they ravage through the leftover of a kill or normal death. The Serengeti gives and takes with little trace of the carnage and the cycle continues
o The massiveness and vastness of the migration by wildebeest and zebras
o The cyclic and repeating migration, driven by the clock of nature, which taunts them with the promise of food for their survival
o The massiveness of elephants herds with their destructiveness of trees for food. No green training here. However, the family caring is so obvious
o The massive hippos in their “aromatic” pools, territorial and so protective of their young
o The huge crocodiles that bask in the warmth of the shores in stillness and full awareness
o The giraffes so majestic with an uncaring view of all that is a foot below them. With reward of fresh green leaves that only awaits them at the tips of the high branches made brilliant against the Blue sky
o The feeling of freedom and being alive as you stand in the vehicle, head sticking out on the top while being driven through the serenity of the Serengeti, fresh wind on your face
o The many people at the camps of Kusini, Swala, Lake Masik and Ngorongoro that made our returns a welcome with cooling towels, hot water to clean and relax our bodies, and the nourishing quality of food and drink to energize and prepare us for events to come
The above are just a few of the many treasures that are intermingled by many more animals that were unveiled through the keen eyes of a well-trained ADS guide and driver (Pokea): An expert not only in wildlife, but terrain, he managed to provide us with the utmost Safari experience. The ADS family may not be large in comparison to other providers, allowing them to focus on the quality of services and motivation to provide us with the best experience possible. The ADS family has exceeded our expectations exposing us with moments that took our breath away.
The last five days (December 29, 2012-January 3, 2013) were spent in the tranquility of the Palms resort located on Zanzibar Island. What a wonderful way to chill down and reflect on the safari adventure. The people of the Palms are to be commended for the service, exquisite cuisine, and the softening tranquility of the quiet surroundings.
If you can treat yourself and family to these experiences ADS will most certainly accommodate and exceed your expectations
Enjoy and share some of our photos
Leo Pavlow and Christiane Meyer
Safari Dates: December 19, 2012-December 29, 2012