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Trip Start Sep 15, 2009
Trip End Nov 21, 2009

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Bush Camp

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

We have 2 nights camping in the Serengeti National Park and we have to enter the park by jeep vs. big old truck.  So 4 jeeps came to pick us up early in the morning and we loaded up our gear we would need for the next few days.  After a long and very bumpy ride to the start of the park, we had lunch and paid the park fees.  Our camp was in the middle of the park and it would take us a while to get there.  Since the park is 15,000 km.  We started to drive in the park and we were all on the look out for wildlife.  Especially lions, leopards, and cheetahs.  We saw the usual of all kinds of deer gazelle things for a bit and they were pretty cool.  Then we came around the bend and saw a few trucks and the people looking up at the tree.  Looking up at a tree only means one thing…Leopard!  We fought our way into the mess of jeeps and started to watch the leopard.  He would have been really hard to spot in the tree because of his camouflage, but we saw him just sleeping there on a branch with his feet dangling.  It was pretty awesome!  We also spotted a half-eaten animal up on the tree which meant he just made a kill.  After about 5 minutes of watching him, he got up and started to eat the dead animal.  It was freakin cool!!  We fought our way into the head of the pack of jeeps and just watched him eat the Gazelle(I think).  Again, it was cool!  I had seen a leopard on my previous Africa visit but never eating anything.  So this topped last time.  After a few more hours of driving and seeing all the different types of wildlife the Serengeti has to offer, we came up to a pack of lions guarding a freshly killed water buffalo.  One of the six or so lions was eating the dead buffalo while the others were positioned around it.  I assume they already had their fill of food and giving the others their turn to feast.  We then drove to our bush camp and made camp.  The camp was quite busy with various other tour groups and it was kind of cool.  Dinner was something awesome that escapes me right now. 

 Serengeti 10/7
The previous night a few of the girls from my last trip and I stayed up kind of late around the camp fire shooting the bull and having fun.  I think we were the talk of the camp because in the morning we were known as hyenas because we were trying to make a lot of different animal sounds throughout the night.  We had an early start as usual and had a morning game drive through the Serengeti again.  We saw a lot of wildlife as expected but nothing really really cool.  Followed by brunch back at the camp which consisted of pancakes, eggs, beans, and bacon.  It was quite lovely!  It’s funny how you miss the little things in life like a good hearty breakfast.  Being I have nothing but time to kill at times in Africa, I have been working out and use every bit of downtime to do so.  I do my pull-up, push-up, squat routine every few days if I can.  I searched the camp for a pull-up bar and could only find some beams in a hut which was also a kitchen for the tour groups.  I asked some African guys and they said okay.  So I went to it and from time to time the African guys would do pull-ups and push-ups along with me.  It was funny!  Following PT time, we had another game drive and again nothing really noteworthy like animal blood.  We were dropped off at a lodge in the middle of the Serengeti for a beer and to watch the sunset from the back porch.  Dam this place was really nice!  I heard that it costs something like $2,000 a night to stay there.  We enjoyed the view of the sunset over the plains and made our way back to camp for dinner.  Apparently the spirit of the Serengeti got to us again this night because the hyenas came out of us again and we had a blast!  This time one of the African drivers sat with us a bit and were trying to teach us different animal calls but they seemed to sound like sex sounds.  Kind of funny!
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cwald on

Cool pics, but I could have done without the carcass eating ;-) Loved the Giraffe shot!

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