Day 17

Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
Trip End Feb 26, 2013

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Today we spent the entire day in a Jeep driving around the Serengeti. For most of the day we followed the migration of zebras and wildebeests.Each year around the same time the zebras and wildebeests begin what is called the Great Migration. It is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing.  This happens during January to July/August when they arrive in Kenya for the remainder of the dry season. During this time there is also plenty of rain to ripen the grass for them. About 1.2 million wildebeest and 750 thousand zebras take part in this migration from Tanzania to Maasai Mara Reserve. The total migration distance is 500 miles. 

This was absolutely astonishing to watch. You can not believe how many animals there were. It was amazing to see them as they moved in their herds, many following in single file lines. We spent most of the morning following their migration path, stopping for a brief lunch near the migration. After lunch we decided we wanted to explore and find more animals. 

During the afternoon we saw elephants, giraffes, lions, a leopard in a tree, baboons, buffalo, thousands of impala, and we even saw two lions having sex. It was very interesting to see these animals at ease in their natural environment and learn about them. One of the most interesting animals was the impala. Impala run in two types of herds: one is completely males and is called a Bachelor heard and one is comprised of all females and one male. In the second type of heard the male leads the heard and controls the entire mating season. His job is to keep all the female impala in his heard and not allow any other male to infiltrate the heard. It is very interesting to see. 

After our eight hour Safari excursion we headed back to the hotel for dinner. During dinner we had some local Tanzanian men perform tribal dances for us. Ive really enjoyed the different performances in different countries - they are each so different, so unique and such a rich part of their culture. 

Tomorrow we head to Egypt!
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Harley Kaplan on

Ashley, the first thing I do most days is read about your past days adventure. This is so exciting. Thanks for taking the time to write in such wonderful details how your day progressed.

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