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Aug 31, 2018 - Olakira, Serengeti

August 31 - Olakira (Serengeti) This morning we agreed to do William’s time and left at 6:15 (after coffee) with breakfast in the vehicle in search of the elusive rhinoceros and to see if the lions were still active. We found a large number of vultures feeding on carcasses ( no animal goes hungry in the Serengeti!), a male lion and a young male feasting on a wildebeest, four young lions playing with a stick, but no rhinoceros(!) before stopping under our favorite tree for breakfast served by William. Nothing better than food in the Bush!...

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Aug 30, 2018 - Home is a mobile tented camp

It rained very hard last evening and into the night, so everything we put on this morning was cold and damp. Had an early bush breakfast...choice of eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, toast, muffins, yogurt, granola, fruit, juice.....and this after our coffee was delivered to our tent. This also after getting absolutely NO exercise. Into our open van around 7am, with lots of blankets and even a hot water bottle. Life is good. It was pretty cold and we searched for the elusive rhino and cheetah, finding neither. But saw the beauty of the...

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Aug 29, 2018 - Northern Serengeti

August 29 Olakira (Serengeti) - We had agreed with our guide William that we would do one morning drive at his time (6:15am), but today we would do our time (7:15). We were awakened at 6 with a “Good Morning” and coffee mysteriously appearing through the zippered pass-through window of our canvas tent! Breakfast was cooked outside over a charcoal grill with a choice of eggs, toast, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, etc. Our plan for the day was to hopefully see a migration of the Wildebeest over the crocodile filled Maya River. Also obviously to...

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Feb 11, 2018 - Serengeti 2

I am back in Arusha. It is nice to be clean but I miss my safari family. Such a wonderful group. Our third night of camping was on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater. For the first time since I arrived in Tanzania, I was cold. It wasn’t cold by our standards but cold enough that I actually wore my coat. When I went out to my tent, there was a man with a gun who told me some wild buffalo and zebra had wandered into camp and to be careful not to leave the tented area. We could just see their eyes. This was a larger camp with even a wider group...

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Feb 9, 2018 - Serengeti

Michael and Shannon talked me into going out to see animals and I am glad they did. I've had a great time. I left Arusha about 4 pm Wednesday to go to join up with a safari. The first camp was fairly nice, not luxurious but comfortable. I was in a tent but with a bed and bathroom. I was very lucky because I really like the other five people in the group. There is a couple, Dinka and Odin. He is from the Philippians and she is from Indonesia. They live in East Africa. Visiting them and coming on this trip is her mother, Ria and a friend of...

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Feb 27, 2017 - Seregenti Adventure

Feb 25 to Feb 27 Very good Bombardier Q400 took us from Kigali to Kilimanjaro Airport in less than a couple of hours. Late arrival and off to the Kia Lodge where we were told to 'relish' in our stay. The comedown from the six stars at the Kigali Serena to the two stars at the Kia Lodge was palpable –damp concrete floors, a shower where the shower head had only two jets functioning, one for the hot and one for the cold, so it was a major challenge to jump from scalding to freezing single streams of water and all the while attempt to wash...

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Oct 12, 2016 - Central Serengeti

rior to this trip I the all the cats were going to be hard to find. While the leopard is very illusive, and the cheetah fairly hard to find, lions have been plentiful. On the drive thru the Serengeti to the Sopa we see 3 more lions, a few hippos, a couple of far off cheetahs, and a very far off leopard (could only really be seen by binoculars). We also ran into the secretary bird again. We arrived at the Serengeti Sopa in time for lunch. Another beautiful location & facility, but again it is one long road in & out, meaning we’ll be doing...

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Oct 11, 2016 - Around Mbalgeti & Grumeti Rivers ... Serengeti West

A long safari day for us today. We start by sleeping in (by mistake ... Mary’s phone was charging in the living room & no one heard it). We still got away by 7AM, despite waking up at 6:07AM. This is a good day for Filbert! We come to a bridge over the Grumeti River, and look at hippos & crocs. A monitor lizard walks close by the Land Cruiser. This animal thrives on croc eggs. We see the our first snake of the trip, a green mamba, at a bathroom stop by an air strip. According to Filbert it is very poisonous. Boy can it move fast! Not long...

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Oct 10, 2016 - Serengeti West - Mbalageti

Filbert picked us up at 9AM, and by 9:30 we were at the western gate to the Serengeti. We were able to grab some beer (US$2 each) at one of the two shops at the gate. Because bottles dominate, and Mary’s opener’s pop top opener is broken, we try to buy a “church key”. He wanted $7 for some cheapo opener that we’d pay $1 for at home, and he wouldn’t negotiate! Filbert has one, so we’re good. Very few side roads, especially at the beginning of the trip. Regardless the top is up, and we see huge numbers of wildebeest. Filbert tells us...

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Mar 31, 2016 - Lions and cheetahs and elephants, oh my (March 29)

Lois writing: On Tuesday morning we had the best game drive of this entire trip. In the course of four hours, and not a lot of distance, here's what happened. About a minute after we left camp, we encountered two male lions lounging on the ground. Did you know that lions generally spend about 21 hours a day sleeping? The males seem to be lazier than the females. Shortly afterwards, we met three adult female lions with five cubs romping all over the place. Our guide Comfort estimated the age of the cubs as three months. Then there was a huge...

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Mar 29, 2016 - Life at Lemala Tent Camp

Life at Lemala Tent Camp in Tanzania, March 26 - 30 John writing: Audley had warned us that staying at Lemala would not be quite as luxurious as our time at Ol Seki. The first big difference was that this is a mobile camp, which means nothing is permanent. No regular plumbing, electricity, etc. Secondly, since this was a lower priced facility, the food would not be as lavish. Actually, our tent accommodations are better than I expected. Although there is no central plumbing infrastructure, each tent has a big bucket above the tent to supply...

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Mar 29, 2016 - Making connections from Kenya to Tanzania

Flying to Tanzania and the Serengeti, March 26 - John writing After our stay in the Maasi Mara, we had to fly into Tanzania which meant we had to land at a formal border crossing. Here is the way it was done. A plane flew into Naboisho, they checked our names, loaded our bags and we took off for Magori near the Tanzanian border – there were only five passengers on board. We landed, and were instructed to get into a minivan, and drove for an hour to the border (officially, this was a continuation of flight TZ5 on Coastal Airways). At the...

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