Crowned Cranes and their admirers
Start of a trek
Hanging out at the fire in between safaris
One of many African Wild Cats this season
Walking on the Buffalo
Buffalo were the order of the season for walking. Several groups of old bulls made the rocky outcrops their home and we had great walks on them, several fairly close, always an exhilarating experience when conducted safely. From atop the ridges on the border of the Serengeti National Park, we spotted on several occasions upwards of 400 buffalo grazing in the valley below, always a good sign for the wilderness and lion population.
Update from the Serengeti
This is Serengeti season and we made great use of it. Tucked away in one of our favourite little campsites in our exclusive Serengeti wilderness area, we put up a mobile camp and had several of you join us for days of walking, game driving and night driving. There were unusual rains, but after the previous year's drought, it was welcome, the bush a green world of valleys, plains, full rivers and our rocky outcrops with their unsurpassed Serengeti views. And what great game viewing! Several unusual sightings of African wild cat were a treat, as were 3 great sightings of striped hyena (the shy, solitary cousin of the better known spotted hyena), one of whom strolled into camp during sundowners. Our final safari there with the Watt's Group, gave us cheetah, lion and leopard in the space of three days, with the leopard pair posing beautifully on top of a giant granitic rock with the sun's late afternoon glow lighting up their coats. What a treat for a final day in the bush!
New Exclusive Camp
This year we also have had a great time in a new camp arrangement located just outside Tarangire National Park. At a great site in a grove of tall Terminalia trees - we have an arrangement where we erect a beautiful traditional East African luxury camp exclusively. On several safaris, after 3 or 4 days of remote walking camps, we lived it up in our own luxury camp. With the bar transported up onto the big rock above camp for sundowners (often lasting well after sundown) and delicious curry dinners, it has become a favourite after some good, hard days of walking for kicking back and game viewing from camp or on easy slow game drives in the park.