Bush Report – January 2015

Greeting from Tanzania again. This is Russell Temu, a professional driver-guide with ADS. I would like to provide a bush report for my most recent safari that I had the pleasure of guiding.

This time I was with a wonderful family of four who were very excited to be in the Serengeti and very much appreciated their safari experience in Tanzania. The safari dates were December 21, 2014 to January 1, 2015. We enjoyed a very well designed itinerary with 3 nights in the South Serengeti at Lake Masek Camp, 3 nights in the Central Serengeti at Seronera Sametu Camp, 2 nights at the Ngorongoro Crater at Lion’s Paw Camp and a final 2 nights in the beautiful Tarangire National Park at Kikoti Camp.

The safari was well planned from where we started on the Southern Plains of the Serengeti where the mega herds of migratory wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are located at the moment. It was an amazing experience for our first three days with the great migration and also good opportunities for predator viewing including cheetah. Then, we headed off to the Central Serengeti where we saw the resident animals including elephants, giraffes and hippos and good concentration of predators, especially lions. While staying at Sametu Camp, we were able to game drive the very remote and wild Eastern Serengeti. This is one of my most favorite areas in the Serengeti. Then we spent the other two nights in the Serengeti Ecosystem to explore the Ngorongoro Crater/Caldera and finally we ended our safari at the adjacent Tarangire National Park with a game drive through Lake Manyara National Park.

I would like to submit some few pictures below which I managed to take during the safari.

Elephant herd with Makoma Hill in the background on the beautiful Makoma Plain, Central Serengeti.

A single male Impala (circled) with his harem around Moru kopjes, Central Serengeti.

Mother cheetah with her 2 cubs near Sametu Kopjes in the East Serengeti.

Bat-eared fox close to its den around Ndutu, South Serengeti.

Cheetahs killing a Thompson gazelle in the Southern plains of the Serengeti around Ndutu, South Serengeti.

Olive baboons sitting on a termite mound in Lake Manyara National Park.

A mother Cheetah with her cubs in Ndutu, South Serengeti.

Another mother cheetah with 4 cubs leaves a baby Thompson gazelle for the cubs practice their hunting skills around Ndutu, South Serengeti.

Russell Temu
ADS Driver-Guide

3 Comments Leave a Comment

  1. Aloha Russell and Hau’oli makahiki hou! (Happy New Year).
    Great pics and what sounds like a great Safari experience as you always provide.

  2. Russell. So happy to see your smiling face!! Rarely does a day go by that I do not think of our safari days with you. (may 2013)..
    You worked so hard to make sure we saw as many animals as possible. So appreciate how special you made the safari experience for us. I wrote to you and shared some pics but no response. No worries, just hope you received them. All the very best to you and your family !! Donna Holmes and Fred Maibach. Ohio, USA

  3. Aloha Cherril and Jim Sparks and Hau’oli makahiki hou! too
    Thanks again for the best compliments I am so happy to hear from you both.

    Donna Holmes and Fred Maibach
    I don’t know where to start but I very much appreciate too for your writings and sorry for late reply for your earlier message and sharing. Thank you for your best wishes and I hope is not bad to send back best wishes to you both as well.

    Hope to see you soon.
    Miss you all.

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