Guide Report – A Serengeti Adventure with a Family from Montanna

Jambo! This is ADS driver-guide Arnold Yahaya Mushi reporting from a very warm and sunny Arusha, Tanzania with my most current report from the bush! My latest safari was with a lovely family of five from Montanna, USA named Richard, Paul, Mary, William and Kathrine. Our adventure began on March 9, 2015 at the Seronera Airstrip in the Central Serengeti when I picked up the guests after they arrived on the morning bush flight.

After a short briefing, we headed off for our 1st game drive and within 20 minutes we saw a male and female lion along with several herbivores. Over the course of the next 8 nights, we saw an abundance of wildlife including dozens of lions, several cheetah and leopard, the wildebeest and zebra migration, huge herds of elephants (even one large group of elephants chasing off an equally large pride of lions), several species of antelopes, spotted hyenas, hippos, rhinos and much more.

It was a very enjoyable trip and my guests promise to be back again! The safari started on March 9 and ended on March 17, 2015 with 3 nights at Seronera Sametu Camp in the Central Serengeti, 3 nights at Ndutu Lodge in the South Serengeti and 2 nights at the Crater at Ngorongoro Lion’s Paw Camp. It was an exciting itinerary. Here are the photos to show how lucky we were during this trip:

Family of elephants enjoying a drink of water in the beautiful Seronera Valley of the Central Serengeti.

Here are the elephants chasing off a large pride of lions that were resting under an accacia tree in the Central Serengeti. This was thrilling to watch even for me and it was very exciting for my guests.

Within 20 minutes of landing at the airstrip we saw a male and female lion.

My guests on the Ndutu plains of the South Serengeti.

Zebras drinking from the Seronera River, Central Serengeti.

Lion pride in Seronera Valley close to the river.

Female leopard at the Maasai Kopjes, Central Serengeti.

Flamingo’s at Lake Masek in the South Serengeti.

A mother cheetah with three cubs on the Sametu plains – Central Serengeti.

Monitor Lizard

Rock Python in the South Serengeti

A beautiful sunset in the Ndutu Woodlands, South Serengeti.

Female cheetah with two cubs at the marsh area of Ndutu, South Serengeti

The famous Sametu Lion pride near Sametu Camp where we stayed for 3 nights.

Male Waterbuck in Seronera Valley.

Hippo close to the Retima Pool, Central Serengeti

It’s difficult to see in this photo, but here is a male leopard resting on top of a kopje. He had captured a young wildebeest calf.

Warthogs with spotted hyenas on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater.


Arnold Yahaya.
ADS Driver-Guide

Guide Report – Rare Caracal cat spotted!

Good morning from Arusha-Tanzania. This is ADS guide Raphael Mollel with my latest bush report. On this trip I enjoyed the company of two guests from North Carolina, USA named Jeff and Chris. We enjoyed 8 nights together staying at various camps and lodges in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro including Seronera Sametu Camp, Four Seasons Lodge, Lake Masek Camp and Ngorongoro Lions Paw Camp.

We started in Central Serengeti on the 7th of March and it was amazing because big herds of the migration were scattered throughout this area. We saw millions of wildebeest and zebras together. Both the Central and South Serengeti were great this time of year for all three species of big cats. We had numerous sightings of lions, cheetahs and leopards over the course of our adventure together. Another highlight of the trip were several large herds of elephants we encountered as well as 10 species of antelope including Grant’s Gazelle, Eland, Thomson’s Gazelle, Topi, Waterbuck, Dik-Dik, Hartebeest, Klipspringer, Reedbuck and Impala.

The Ndutu area of the South Serengeti was especially good on this safari for lions and cheetahs and even a rare rock python. In the Crater we saw lions hunting zebras, black rhinos and large tusker elephants. However, the highlight was spotting the extremely rare Caracal cat. Overall, the safari was fantastic. Below are some of the picture I would like to share with you:

A beautiful sunrise with a Giraffe on horizon in the Southwest Serengeti.

Wildebeest drinking water at Seronera Valley-Central Serengeti.

Some other ADS vehicles were out on overlapping safaris and we enjoyed some exciting game drives together.

This is a young male lion near Simba Kopjes.

Black rhino with wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater.

The rare Caracal cat – amazing! If I didn’t manage to take this picture, nobody would have believed me!

Mr. Jeff with Camels in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Wildebeest migrations at Moru Kopjes in the Southwestern part of the Serengeti.

A mother lion with her cubs at the Sametu Marsh.

A big male lion walking toward our vehicle. You can see the beautiful Sametu Kopjes in the background.

Marabou Stork with Catfish.

Two playful lions cubs.


Raphael Mollel
ADS Driver-Guide

One Trip Was Not Enough

After our first Africa Dream Safari 2 ½ years ago in the dry season, we could not wait for another adventure in the green season. Again we were delighted with the tented camps, crater lodge, excellent food, the abundant wildlife, our knowledgeable driver- guide, Michael, and the delightful Tanzanian people we met along the way.

While staying in Arusha an extra day, we enjoyed a tour of this rapidly growing city. Visiting St. Jude’s School was inspirational!

On safari we were again treated to an exciting array of wildlife. Our safari included seventy lions, ten cheetahs, eleven black rhinos, numerous giraffes, troupes of baboons and Velvet Monkeys, hippos, elephants everywhere, and the great migration of zebra and wildebeest as far as the eye could see. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, below is a small sample.

We had been told by an acquaintance that if a person had only one trip to take, it would be to Tanzania. Now we are believers! And ADS is the best way to do it!!

Katherine and Howard E.
Lexington, South Carolina
Safari Dates: March 5, 2015 to March 13, 2015