I just returned home from a 10 days safari with a single guest named Tom S. from California, USA (safari dates were March 7, 2014 to March 16, 2014). It was a trip of a lifetime for him as he had always dreamed of visiting Africa. The trip was so amazing and we saw all that Tom dreamed about except only one species (The Porcupine). Most of the expectations revolved around seeing the big cats and the famous big five. The locations in our itinerary made all the incredible sightings of all the big cats possible (Leopard, Lion, and Cheetah). We enjoyed 2 nights in the North Serengeti at Buffalo Springs Camp, 2 nights in the Central Serengeti at Sametu Camp, 3 nights in the South Serengeti and Ndutu Lodge and 2 nights in Ngorongoro Crater at Lion’s Paw Camp.
During our stay at Buffalo Springs in the Northern Serengeti we were so lucky to see wild dogs just a few meters from the camp. After exploring the North Serengeti, we moved to the Central Serengeti and while at Sametu Camp we were surrounded by big herds of migratory wildebeest and zebra. We were also treated to some nocturnal visitors at Sametu Camp including lions. It was something special to hear them roaring during the evenings. Near Ndutu Lodge in the Southern Serengeti, there were also large herds of the migration but the majority of herds were reported to be in the Maswa Game Reserve to the southwest.
Our last stay was at Lion’s Paw Camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater was beautiful. The color of the bluish green crater rim and the clear white clouds above it was spectacular. We ended our safari with Lake Manyara National Park where the highlight was the Mahogany forest and the blue monkeys. It was truly a trip of a life time and a dream come true.
The following are the photos to share with you:
- A leopard crossing the road near Seronera Sametu Camp
- Mother lions in the Seronera Valley of the Central Serengeti nursing her cubs of about 12 weeks old.
- A female cheetah looking up for any danger at Seronera, Central Serengeti.
- Herds of wildebeest in Seronera Valley.
- Lion juveniles at Ndutu, South Serengeti.
- At hidden valley in the South Serengeti – lions with a zebra carcass.
- Lions at hidden valley, South Serengeti.
Greetings from Arusha, Tanzania. I have just finished my most recent safari with James and Connie who are from Florida, USA. While in the bush (March 13th to March 23rd) we had a wonderful time and nice accommodations too. We stayed 2 nights at at Sametu Camp in Seronera, 2 nights at Lake Masek Tented Camp, as well as 2 nights at Kusini Tented Camp, 1 night in Ngorongoro at Lion’s Paw Tented Camp, 1 night at The Manor, and lastly 2 nights in Tarangire National Park at Swala Tented Camp. I took some photos which I would like to share with you below:
- It was a beautiful morning down in the Ngorongoro Crater when we just arrived and found a whole pride of lions being chased by a huge herd of buffaloes. It was exciting to watch as the buffaloes keep pushing the lions down to road where we were waiting.
- Three male cheetah brothers during a morning hunt on the Ndutu plains as the migratory herds started to arrive back from the Kusini – Simiyu Woodlands.
- Giraffe on the road at Seronera valley.
- A Leopard on acacia tree at Seronera valley.
- A small group of Zebra and wildebeest start arriving in the Central Serengeti. This was on our way to Sametu Camp.
- One of the Sametu Kopjes Brothers. We saw it together with the female on honeymoon. The female was not in the picture as she was lying covered with long grass.
- A lioness playing with her little cub of 4 weeks old at Sametu Kopjes.
- While in game drive at Sametu Kopjes, we came across the two lionesses with eight cubs of six months old eating a hartebeest. It looked freshly killed.
- The Ndutu plains were busy as lots of wildebeests were arriving together with their young. This makes it easy for predators like cheetahs to hunt. This mother cheetah with cubs of almost 1 month old had just caught breakfast.
- A pride of nine lions close to hidden valley. They seem to be full because they were not interested in the wildebeest herds around them.
- These two mates have moved away from the pride for their honeymoon. This was at Kusini Kopjes.
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.
We had several different sighting of big cats, the wildebeest migration plus dozens of species of birds. For instance, from Kusini to Simiyu in the southwest Serengeti was where we found thousands of wildebeest with their babies. It was an amazing sight! Triggered by the rains, the migration was pouring out of the woodlands and moving onto the short grass plains.
All in all the entire trip was marvelous and the following are some of the pictures to share with you:
- Retired Bull Elephants down in the Ngorongoro Crater.
- A pride of lions at the Ngare Circuit – East Serengeti.
- Mother lion with her cubs of 3 weeks old at Soit Kopjes in Serengeti.
- Another group of female and male lions with beautiful cubs of almost 2 weeks that we found in Ndutu, South Serengeti.
- Pride of lions at hidden valley, South Serengeti.
- Greater migration that we found at Simiyu Circuit – Kusini woodlands, Southwest Serengeti.