Author: Francis Peter

Guide Report for August 2015

Jambo! This is Russell and Francis writing from Arusha, Tanzania with our latest report from the bush! We have just concluded another wonderful safari to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire ecosystems. The game viewing is incredible at the moment. The wildebeest migration has been crossing the Mara River in the North Serengeti and there has been very good predator viewing in both the Serengeti and Ngorongoro for lion, cheetah, hyena and several other carnivore species. Elephant and buffalo viewing has been very good in Tarangire National Park along with some other interesting animal species.

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The Green Season With Phil & Lynn

I picked up my two clients named Phil and Lynn from Virginia, USA at the Central Serengeti Airstrip on March 11, 2014. They arrived on the morning flight, which lands at about 10am. This is a great way to begin a safari as we get a chance to immediately have some wonderful wildlife sightings before lunch. This was their 2nd safari to Tanzania and after having been several years ago in September 2011. We explored lots of remote areas on this trip and the clients were thrilled to finally experience the green season in the Serengeti.

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By Francis Peter with John and Glenda

This is ADS guide Francis Peter with a quick bush report. My safari was with a couple from California named John and Glenda. We started the safari on October 5, 2013 when I welcomed my guests to the Mara River airstrip. The first destination on our adventure was the Northern Serengeti and the Mara River area before we drove to our accommodations at Lemala Mara River Camp.

The weather was warm and there had been some recent rain showers. The entire area was very green and the water level of the Mara River seemed to be very high as it was hard to even to cross to the other side. The wildebeest migration had already crossed the Mara River and moved through the Nyamalumbwa plains on the way towards the Lobo and Banagi areas of the North Serengeti.

After exploring the Mara River area we extended our safari to Buffalo Camp for two nights. On our way we witnessed the beautiful scenery of the Serengeti and many difference species of animals. The whole area was covered by thousands of zebras, who are usually the first to lead the wildebeest in the great migration. We also saw large family groups of elephants with babies and a huge herd of African cape buffaloes.

The Central Serengeti was sunny and warm and landscape was considerably drier then the Northern areas we had just visited. There were lots of Thomson Gazelles and other plains antelopes grazing the grasslands. Near the Kopjes we found several lions including a lioness with tiny cubs. Another highlight was a leopard that crossed the road just 2 meters from our vehicle.

After spending one night at Sametu Camp in the Central Serengeti we concluded our safari with two nights at the famous Ngorongoro Crater at Sopa Lodge. It made for a great ending to our trip.

Here are three photos from my safari:

– In the plains just to the southeast of Central Serengeti, we found this lioness with her cubs of about two weeks old.

– Male and female ostrich with chicks near the Mara River.

– A fantastic sight of a giraffe family on the Bologonja circuit in the North Serengeti.

Francis Peter.

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By Peter Huka – Safari Report July 4, 2013

This is Peter Huka, a driver guide with Africa Dream Safari. My latest safari started in the Central Serengeti at 09:30am on June 27th as I drove to pick up my new guests named David and Ronale from the Seronera Airstrip. We did a game drive along the Seronera river where we saw a pride of lions (about twenty in total including cubs). While we were watching this pride, a lioness moved and began stalking a zebra. The hunt was unsuccessful but it was exciting to watch. After that we continued with a game drive around Maasai Kopjes where we saw elephants, giraffes and hyenas before heading to our first camp on the safari called Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp. During the night lions came near the camp and I could heard them roaring not too far away.

The following day we started the game drive early in the morning from Mbuzi Mawe and were able to watch a sunrise which was nice. Afterwards, we headed towards the retima hippo pool. We had breakfast on the picnic site with hippos which is one of my favorite picnic areas. Afterwards, we went around Makoma hill, Maasai Kopjes where we saw the lions and a herd of buffalos.

On our last day before departing the Central Serengeti for the Western Serengeti we were able to see three cheetahs (a mother with two cubs). Along the way to the western corridor of the Serengeti we saw herds of migration scattered throughout. On our full day game drive in the West Serengeti in the Grumeti plains we saw a pride of fourteen lions with cubs and along the Grumeti river we also saw colobus monkey, crocodiles and hippos.

After spending two nights in the West Serengeti, we headed for the Ngorongoro Crater. We passed through Seronera Valley enroute and were able to see a leopard in a tree watching for prey. We concluded our safari with two nights in the Ngorongoro Crater area with one night at Crater Lode and one night at the Manor. It was a great way to finish the safari!

Please enjoy the following pictures.

Thank you,

Peter Huka
ADS Driver-Guide

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By Godson Mbonye – Highlights From My Safari

My name is Godson Mbonye, a ADS driver guide. I have just concluded a 11 day safari with my guests from Denver, Colorado USA named Sara and Mark F. We explored the following areas: Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti and Lake Manyara.

My guests arrived on 21st June and on 22nd we started our game drive into Tarangire National Park, where we saw our first leopard in an acacia tree within just a few minutes. Within Tarangire National Park we had two full days before we proceeded to Lake Manyara National Park on 24th June, and further to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the same day. In Lake Manyara National Park, the vegetation consists of a tropical forest with wet savanna and short grassland near by the lake. We saw primates including oliver baboons and blue monkeys along with many species of birds. This park is situated at the end of the eastern great rift valley.

Arround 3pm we were entering the last gate of Ngorongoro crater for an afternoon game drive and we saw several species of cats including the rare serval cat. The funny story here is that somehow we picked up a hyrax hitchhiker on the crater road heading to Lion’s Paw Camp. Later we heard the hyrax’s noise under the car and we were all very surprised! The next day we took it back to its home range. Down on the Crater floor we managed to see two rhinoceros.

On 26th June we departured and headed to the Serengeti (specifically the Western Corridor), where we saw reptiles such as crocodiles, monitor lizards, snakes, also some of the wildebeest migration which were headed north to the Mara River and the North Serengeti.

The remaining days we explored the Central Serengeti including the area around Sametu where we saw cheetahs, leopards, and prides of lions. We ended by the Mara River where we saw two crossing.

I had a lot of pictures as follows:

– Young bull elephant in the Central Serengeti.

-Hyena puppies waiting for their mother to bring them food in the Ngorongoro Crater.

-Two big groups of wildebeests crossing the Mara River in North Serengeti

-Pied Kingfisher, standing on side bridge of Tarangire River looking for fish

-Rock hyrax  in a big rock in Tarangire National Park.

-Buffalo herd grazing in the open  savanna at Lake Manyara National Park.

– Blue Monkeys looking for tropical fruits into Manyara forest.

– Lioness down in the Ngorongoro Crater preparing to chase a wildebeest.

-At Lake Magadi in the Crater with grazing wildebeest and flamingos.

– The King of the jungle preparing to have young ones with the queen of jungle

– Three crocodiles close to the bridge over the Grumeti River, West Serengeti

– A Male Giraffe in the western corridor of the Serengeti browsing on acacia trees.

– Near Sametu Camp at 6:00am on an early morning game, cheetah preparing to chase a Thomson Gazelle.

– About 2kms from Sametu Camp in the Central Serengeit, a Serval Cat hunting rodents.

– At Swai’s rocks, a cheetah scanning for gazelles on the endless plains of the Serengeti.

– A hungry lioness scanning for zebras at 1.5km, on the way to barafu, east Serengeti.

– A lion pride out hunting in the Serengeti.

– African white backed vultures around a dead zebra eaten by lions.

With Kind Regards,
Godson Mbonye

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By Francis Peter – Farewell To The Green Season

Jambo from Tanzania. My name is Francis Peter, driver-guide with ADS, and I have yet another bush report to share with you. I just returned home from my most recent safari. This time I traveled with 2 honeymooners from New York, USA named Brian and Stacey. We had an incredible experience while on safari and saw all the main wildlife viewing highlights. It was quite an impressive itinerary with 3 nights luxury camping on the Serengeti Plains at Naabi Hill, 2 nights at Lake Masek Lodge, 2 nights at the ultra luxurious Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and 1 night at the Manor Lodge. It was a very nice safari itinerary for the end of the green season and especially good since we had some late rains this year, which kept many of the migratory animals out on the southern and eastern Serengeti plains.

One of the highlights of the safari was witnessing two male cheethas hunt and chase down a wildebeest in the Gol Kopjes area of the East Serengeti. These two cheetahs are brothers and they have formed a coalition. Many people think of cheetahs as solitary animals but related males do join together while it is the females of the species that lead solitary lives.

Nothing is wasted here on the Serengeti Plains.

Male lion at Gol Kopjes, East Serengeti.

Retired elephant bulls down in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Giraffes at Lake Ndutu.

Lions copulating in the Crater.

Elephants crossing the Crater floor with babies. This is an unusual sighting as young elephants are seldom seen for long in the Crater.

Elephants playing in the water at Lake Masek, South Serengeti.

Uncountable number of migrating wildebeest near Kusini and moving to Moru Kopjes.

A lion cub only a few weeks old greets his pride.

A lioness in the morning light stalking zebras in the Ndutu forest, South Serengeti.

This lioness has followed the migration and has succeeded in making a kill on the Matiti plains of the South Serengeti.

I hope you have enjoyed my photos.

Francis Peter
ADS Driver-Guide

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By Francis Peter – Events From The Bush

Greetings from warm and sunny Arusha, Tanzania. My name is Francis Peter and I am a driver-guide with Africa Dream Safaris. Having just completed my most recent safari (March 18th to March 28th) , I can tell everyone that the wildlife viewing in the Serengeti especially for the big cats and also the great migration has been extraordinary this March. We have received a sufficient amount of rainfall lately, which has transformed the Serengeti plains into a lush green oasis. This has attracted many difference species of herbivores and likewise good concentrations of carnivores.

My guests this time were two couples from the United States named Susan and Jeff & Ruthanne and Kirk.  We enjoyed 10-nights on safari with 3 nights at Mbuzi Mawe in the Central Serengeti, 3 nights at Ndutu Lodge in the South Serengeit, 2 nights in the Crater at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge and 2 nights in Tarangire at Kikoti Tented Lodge. All the game viewing was great but nothing can compare to the Serengeti currently. Here are a few pictures I have taken.


Mating pair of lions on the shore around Lake Masek, South Serengeti.

The wildebeest Migration at Ndutu, South Serengeti.


Elephants in  Tarangire National Park. It is their breeding season.
Down by the big marsh at Ndutu we came across these two brothers.
Here is a cheetah who was chased up a dead tree by a group of wildebeests. This was in the Kusini Plain, Southwest Serengeti.
It was early morning on Kusini plains (southwest Serengeti) when this pregnant lioness hunted down the full grown wildebeest. It was amazing!
These giraffes seemed to be posing for a picture. This was on the outskirts of Moru Kopjes between Olubaye Mountains and Mbalageti river circuit in the Central Serengeti.
More giraffes near Rongai hills in the Central Serengeti.
A spotted hyena trying to drag the whole wildebeest column. This was in the Eastern Serengeti.
Buffalo in the Ngorongoro Crater.
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Greetings From The Serengeti – March 12, 2013

The animals viewing in both the Eastern and Southern regions of the Serengeti National Park has recently been tremendous. The area called Barafu Valley is breathtaking and there are some good sightings to be had here. We saw some wildebeest coming down to drink from the small stream that flows through the heart of this valley as it is the only source of water for many kilometers. There is a large pride of lions in this area with many cubs of different ages near Barafu Kopjes and also good cheetah sightings. Here are some of my pictures.

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By Francis Peter – Just Back From The Bush

This is Francis Peter from Tanzania. I have just finished another wonderful safari beginning on January 21st and ending on January 28th. We enjoyed 7 amazing nights in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.  The weather is beautiful at the moment.

I have two quick photos of the animals I would like to share. I think often about the beauty of nature and the various animals that inhabit the Serengeti and how they can take care of one another.  For example, look at this photo of two lions walking in a single file line I took at the Gol Kopjes in the Southeast Serengeti on January 24th.

At Ndutu in the South Serengeti along the border with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we spotted two male giraffes that were sparring (a test of each others strength) on January 25th. Whoever wins gets the chance to mate with the nearby female. Unfortunately, they abruptly stopped sparring when we approached.

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Francis Peter
ADS Driver-Guide
February 1, 2013

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From Guide Francis Peter – Mother Cheetah with her three Cubs

I am just back from the bush having completed a wonderful safari from October 8th to October 17th.  One of the highlights of the safari was seeing a mother cheetah with 3 cubs on October 9th. This was along North East of the Serengeti on the way to Kleins Gate at Buffalo Luxury Camp. The cheetahs were looking for shade beneath one of ADS vehicles soon after they consumed a Thomson Gazelle.

I also captured a couple good pictures of a large termite mound (approximately 18 feet tall) on October 16th in Tarangire National Park. It is not easy for them to get that high because of the natural forces like wind, rain, and some animals digging them for sheltering or to prey on termites…eg. Aardvark.

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