6/13/2014 Going on Safari- The Serengeti

The Serengeti is a place I have wanted to visit since childhood. It is a vast plain and hosts the largest animal migrations in the world- and we were right in the middle of it.

In the Serengeti a migration is not something like a geese migration. It is more a shifting of grazing grounds as conditions change. So it is not a fast directed race, but a leisurely snacking stroll.

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Overlooking the Ngorongoro crater on the way to the Serengeti.

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Breathtaking scenery along the way.

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And let’s not overlook the dazzling variety of birds.

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And reptiles.

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Elephants roaming free in their natural habitat.

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Leopard climbing down a tree- A telephoto lens would help! Bring a really good camera with a zoom lens. You will be able to bring in animals from a long ways away, and get amazing close ups on others.

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Hippo’s in a pool. They splash themselves with their tails, and roll over to keep their skin moist. They are really large animals.

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Gazelle.

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Mom and her baby. Elephants have a matriarchal society. The big bulls live outside the family group. Most elephants die of starvation after their 6th set of teeth wear out.

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This big mom was breaking down and chewing the bark off an Acacia tree. She was doing it to create bile in her digestive tract so she could digest her normal food more easily. Her clan was following her example. Herbal medicine!

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More of the family. We were 50 feet away.

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Pulling down a tree.

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Unloading the Range Rover preparing to camp.

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David our driver set up our tent the first night. Sleeping bags, a sleeping mat, and pillows are provided. It’s fine, but if you can afford it, go for a lodge! Making midnight treks to the bathroom may not suit you.

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There was a great cooking facility in this camp which Charles had almost to himself! Others were crowded with cooks.

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