This is ADS driver-guides David Chando and Anglebert Pantaleo with our latest bush report from Tanzania. We have just concluded guiding a group of 10 persons who had just been in Ethiopia building houses for the Habitat for Humanity Charitable Organization.
We enjoyed an extraordinary safari (dates were February 13th, 2015 to February 21st, 2015) with lots of fun, and rare sightings. We covered the Central Serengeti with two nights at Seronera Sametu Camp, the Southern Plains of the Serengeti where we spent three nights at Ndutu Woodlands Camp, one night at Lions Paw Camp on the Ngorongoro Crater and a final night at Maramboi Camp in Tarangire National Park.
The Central Serengeti was great and we had an amazing sight of a pride of 17 lions feasting on a zebra just next to the road. Another highlight in this area was a mother cheetah with a cub of about eight months old near Sametu Kopjes. The baby cheetah was very playful and entertained our group.
We also visited the Moru kopjes in Southwest Serengeti where we found huge herds of zebras. These zebras seemed a little confused because they were heading north due to the lack of rains on the southern plains of the Serengeti. The Barafu kopjes and Gol kopjes in the East Serengeti were unusually dry for this time of year.
The southern plains of the Serengeti were extraordinary. We had sights of a mother cheetah with four cubs of about six months old in Hidden Valley and a coalition of two big male lions in the same area. Most of the migratory herds of wildebeest were in the woodlands near the Maswa game reserve and on the deep Southern Serengeti Plains around Matiti Hill (Twin Hills). There were lots of wildebeest babies even further south on the Makao and Kakesio plains.
We had a very exiting visit to Tarangire National Park at the end of our safari. We came across a big herd of over two hundred elephants together along the Tarangire River. They were migrating to areas outside of the park.
However, the highlight of the entire trip was coming across a pack of over twenty wild dogs in Tarangire National park near Gursi Swamp. The wild dog is critically endangered and it is extremely rare to see one. They were very healthy and it looked like they had just eaten. The alphas were in good shape and there was a good number of sub adults, which is an indication that they had puppies last year.
We are attaching some pictures of the trip and we hope you will enjoy viewing them.
A young cheetah (about eight months old) enjoying the sunrise view of the Serengeti plains near Sametu Kopjes in the East Serengeti.
A pride of 17 lions feasting on a Zebra in the Seronera Valley of the Central Serengeti.
Migratory zebras at Moru Kopjes in the Southwest Serengeti.
Martial Eagle preying on a baby gazelle very close to Seronera Sametu Camp. The Martial Eagle is the largest raptor in the Serengeti with an eight foot wingspan.
Egyptian Geese with chicks at Sametu Marsh.
Male Lion in Hidden Valley, South Serengeti.
Baby Cheetahs of about six months old in Hidden Valley, South Serengeti.
Wild Dogs in Tarangire National Park near Gursi Swamp.
A lioness on a log in the Seronera Valley of the Serengeti.
Another beautiful picture of the young eight month old cheetah near Sametu Kopjes in the East Serengeti – Isn’t the view amazing?