I can’t believe I’m in Africa!
We have departed from our African home at Nyakato and headed home via safari. Roads are few and far between so to get back to the main airport at Kilimanjaro you have the choice of a bumpy plane flight or safari through the Serengeti. The choice was easy. From there, the amazement began. Within minutes inside the park we saw animals. Many animal groups were right next to the road. Who needs a telephoto lens, but it does come in handy. We drove to our tent lodge with a gorgeous view of the Serengeti. An afternoon safari ride began with an invasion of tetse flies. Their bites are tenacious and make our mosquito bites seem like kisses. That afternoon we saw impala, wilder beast, Thompson gazelle, Grand gazelle, giraffes, waterbucks, guinea hens, topi, ostrich, bats, lemer, elephants, water buffalo, hippos, zebras, Egyptian guise, secretary bird, dikdika, and many more birds. We are traveling in three Land Rovers with three people in each car. The roads are dirt rutted from previous rain storms. (Not much different than the roads in Iowa.) The night sky was amazing as we fell asleep to the call of wild animals. We awoke to sunrise over the Serengeti to begin our second day of safari. We drove through the endless plains of the Serengeti. At a water hole we saw a wilder beast kill that was being consumed by the vultures. Further down the river we saw miles of zebras and wilder beast lines head to the water for a drink. We were soon surrounded by zebras and wilder beasts. Unlike the deer at home, these animals are smart enough to get out of the way of the jeeps as we drove off. Next we found a lioness off in the distance, but the highlight of the day was a leopard up in the tree right next to the road. We then wasted no time heading off to Oldugvai Gorge. The drive was dusty, hot, and bumpy. There we had an orientation and spent time at the museum, snapped a few pictures and headed off to Ngorongoro crater. We stopped at a Maasi village for a tour and education. Maasi life could be a whole blog itself. Tonight we sleep at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater with rooms overlooking the caldera. A wonderful prelude for tomorrow, our final day of safari into the caldera itself. Lala salam from Africa. I still can’t believe I’m here.