By Ally Dhulkfil with Alain, Monique and Cullen – Bush Greetings
Jambo to the ADS family! This is driver-guide Ally reporting from the Serengeti National Park. I had an awesome safari with a family of two adults and one teenager from Canada named Alain, Monique and Cullen. The safari dates were August 21, 2013 to August 29, 2013. We spent 2 nights in the North Serengeti and the new Lemala Kuria Camp, 2 nights in the Loliondo Game Reserve at Buffalo Camp, 2 nights in the Central Serengeti at the beautiful Four Seasons Bilila Lodge and 2 nights in the Ngorongoro Crater split between Crater Lodge and the Manor Lodge.
We started from the Mara River Airstrip in the North Serengeti where we had tremendous game viewing opportunities due to the high concentrations of animals. We even witnessed several crossings including one crossing that lasted almost 1 hour. Most of the migratory wildebeest and zebra herds are on the Tanzanian side of the border and only a few smaller herds remain in Kenya.
Whenever you see lots of herbivores, you are bound to get some good carnivore sightings. Luckily, we saw leopards including one with a young wildebeest up in a tree that it must have successfully hunted. Pound for pound the leopard is the strongest predator in the Serengeti and it is always amazing how they drag prey larger themselves up into the tall branches of the accacia tree. In the Central Serengeti we saw three leopards but this time with a Thomson gazelle kill in a tree. We also were privileged to see cheetahs hunting, but unfortunately they couldn’t catch their prey. Here a few of my snap shots from my safari.