Sleepless in the Serengeti
Trip Start Jul 24, 2012
27Trip End Aug 19, 2012
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We were somewhat amused by the fact that a guy walked passed us through the campsite in the dark with a bow and arrow whom we assumed was a security guy
The drive was long however brief periods of light were given. Firstly during a vegetable stop at a market (never seen as many flies in one place as in the fish market in that town) a woman tried to get Erica to buy a cabbage, E responded "no thank you", then the woman shouted “NO F YOU”, I’m not sure if this was a slight misinterpretation of Erica’s northern tones but none the less a great sight. The second was when Ariel put on his Cali mastermix. He was soon up dancing in the aisle of the bus much to everyone’s amusement. Later we were on a particularly bad stretch of road a nd Ariel was launched off his seat in to the aisle – he quickly got up only to apologise to Erica who was on the seat opposite – we then heard a moan and realised that Jill was lying in the aisle and Ariel had literally kneed her in the head! These roads can be lethal!. When we hit the Serengeti National Park the savannah grasslands were back and it was great to see some of the animals we hadn’t seen for ages but also new animals to tick off our list. We saw Ostriches, Zebra, Buffalo, Elephants, Banded Mongooses (they were great so like Meercats), Giraffe, Baboons, Other Monkeys, Waterbuk, Topi, Thomson’s Gazelle, Impala, Hornbills and others I forget.
We did have a break down to add to our Masai adventure but a short one and something they are hoping to be able to fix at camp tonight
Perhaps the highlight for me was seeing the Bush Babies jumping tree to tree at such a fast speed it was incredible, I’m surprised anyone has every managed to take a picture of this amazing creature but I did manage to get a bit of video of just how quickly it moved. We also saw a cat type creature called a genet which was out hunting but retreated to a tree when the 4x4 arrived. We also found a chameleon in a tree which was pretty cool to pass around before returned to its natural home. A double edged sword we didn’t see a Lion or Leopard as I’m not sure I would have slept at all if that were the case.
We returned to our vegetable curry back at camp more than a little concerned by the fact that it was obvious that warnings about food in tents and leaving shoes outside for Hyena’s were not just for effect. This was proper bush camping. We did however have a security guard who had a bow and three arrows, I just don’t see that putting an end to a pack of lions, a herd of elephants or a pack of hyenas.