The Savannah Plains of the Serengeti
Trip Start Jul 26, 2012
16Trip End Aug 22, 2012
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I was actually a bit disappointed with the Serengeti. I think I expected more. The plains seemed devoid of many animals, I guess as they were moving to the Mara for their migration
Although there was not a lot of wildlife, we still saw a lot. There were many lions around, with and without cubs. Lionesses perched on top of a rock looking for their next meal. A cub nestled in the crook of a tree watching all the vehicles go by while his brothers slept on in the grass below him. A lion stalk a warthog and then decide he didn’t want it anyway as the warthog scuttled away. Elephants and young baby elephants playing, giraffe, zebras, hippos, ostriches, baboons and the usual impalas, gazelles and birdlife. We were also lucky enough to spot leopards in trees at different occasions. They were fairly distant so without binoculars you couldn’t really see them, but they were definitely there.
The special treat this time which we saw leaving the park was a rare black rhino which had wandered into the park unnoticed by the rangers. The rangers were slowly herding it back to its home 10km away while many vehicles stopped and watched. All vehicles were told to give the rhino plenty of space so as not to frighten/spook it and we were lucky enough to be the closest vehicle to it when it crossed the road behind us. It was a sight to see. Its horn was massive; we’ve never seen rhino horns like that before. It’s no wonder these guys need to be protected from poachers.