Across the Serengeti

The drive was beginning to be boring and I was thinking the topic of this blog should be the downsides of safari. The long dusty, bone rattling drive across endless miles of seeming nothingness. Miles between pit stops. The jeep rotation where every third trip you must ride in very back with shorter leg space.but better standing rotation for photography. Then there is the upside, the luxurious hotels that you would never be able to afford if you traveled on your own. The excellent guides who know that twitching of a zebra ear means that a lion is near.

Then the hunt is on, our jeep is racing with the other two to a tree with four cheetahs sleeping in the shade. (At this point Mary wants me to point out that animal researchers have made the pictures less aesthetically pleasing by putting boxes to operate research cameras against the tree. Damn those unartistic fools. Plus they cluttered a prize winning photo of a mother lion and two new born Cubs with a tracking collar on the mother. They made that picture unpostable.)

The next several hours produced two male lions sleeping on their back, two leopards in a tree, numerous elephants, birds, gazelles and a giraffe.

The long awaited rains have come, our balloon ride for Sunday has been postponed.






Amboseli 2 Life is cruel

Late in the evening the animals leave the park in groups to safely rest. Early in the morning as the sun rises they return to the park in endless lines and clouds of dust. It is like the symphony entering the stage and finding their places for the performance.

The guides keep in touch and alert each other to must sees. Our first today was the take down of a young wildebeest by a pair of hyenas. Nature is cruel. The other wildebeest did nothing to protect the young one, they backed off relieved that they were safe. Hyenas are merciless killers, they did not do a quick kill. They ripped at the victims legs while it struggled and screamed. Soon the hyenas sensed danger and backed away as a mother lion and her cubs ran into the scene. The mother lion stood by as one of her seven Cubs rolled the victim over and put it out of it’s misery. All the Cubs moved in and began eating. The mother took the heart and liver and stood guard as the Cubs ate… Soon the scene changed again. A herd of Cape buffalo ran in to scare off the lions. One cub managed to drag away part of the carcass. The hyenas ran in an quickly grabbed what they could. Soon the area regained peace. Later the Hawks and other carnivores will pick up the remains scraps.

Later in the morning we saw two

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large, full maned lions.