Kate, Shannon, Kate's mom (who came to stay in Mwanza for just over a week), Vicky (a friend living in Dar es Salam who flew in to safari with us) and myself awoke anxiously on a bright Sunday morning to prepare for our trip. We were picked up (early**) by our driver and cook who then stopped at a small store to pick up the rest of the supplies needed for our excursion. It was a 2 1/2 hour drive to the gates of the Serengeti, where we waited for Papa (real name: Charles, common name: Big Papa) our driver to pay our park and camping fees for the next 2 days. We were finally off to see
|The very first big things we saw! I call them skeleton horses since they aren't very attractive, but they are really wildebeests.|
|The cutest little black-faced vervet having a snack|
|Game! Name that deer-like creature! If you guessed impalas, you would be correct!|
|The hippo pond|
|Hippo out of water. I referred to these creatures as 'the wiener dogs of the animal kingdom'|
|The most beautiful twiga right next to our truck|
We arrived at camp where Edward headed for the cooking hut (with the rest of the camp quest's cooks) to begin preparing dinner. We set up our 2 teeny tiny ghetto tents in a surprisingly fast time (with the help of Papa) and were ready for a hot meal. There was a pavilion of sorts that each safari group ate in. Our cook set up our own little table and stools, along with all of our dishes and cutlery... we were dining in style at least!
|Kate and her mom stayed on the left, and Vicky, Shannon, and myself fit like a glove into the slightly bigger tent on the right|
|A tree of lions- 2 mothers and 4 cubs|
|They were quite comfortable|
|Right up close!|
|Some of the many elephants|
|A leopard and her cub in the crook of the tree just up and to her right|
|Probably the best photo I took on the trip- a lion chasing away a vulture trying to get a mouthful of their kill|
|Ready for the ride!|
|Frank with some champagne on his head|
|Our breakfast spot|
|We look cold, but when the flame was on, it was hot ,hot, HOT!|
|Vicky and Susan|
We had 4 cameras between us, and would take turns taking pictures to save our batteries. There were only 2 plugs at the campsite, and the power would be shut off around supper time, so it was great we were able to share! Our group ended up with around 1000 pictures, and I wish I could share them all with you now!
My accounts of Dubai will be up next!