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African Safari – Serengeti – Morning Drive, part one

Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus)

African Safari – Serengeti – Morning Drive

This morning out on the Serengeti, we were all prepared to stay on our toes and keep a close look-out for the elusive Leopard.

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African Safari – Out into the Serengeti in search of LIONS

African Safari – Out into the Serengeti

The Serengeti is a vast nature preserve and one of the natural wonders of the world. It wasn’t long before we had left all of the world behind as we traveled a road that seemed to go on forever. The weather stayed behind us and the animals cooperated. A great way to finish a travel day on the way to our accommodation for the evening.

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African Safari – Oldupai Gorge to Serengeti National Park

African Safari – Oldupai Gorge to Serengeti National Park

As we left the Oldupai Gorge, our vehicles left a plume of dust behind at every corner. Looking off into the distance, it looked like we might be in for some rain. When on safari, a little rain is a good thing as it helps to keep the dust down and gets the grass growing. On the other hand, rain can make everything rather slippery, wet and messy. We had been blessed with perfect weather. so far. As we approached the Serengeti portion of our safari, we had our fingers crossed that the showers would be beneficial and not downpours.

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African Safari – Masai Mara – Evening safari

African Safari – Masai Mara – Evening safari

This was our last evening safari on the Masai Mara and we were still hoping to locate that elusive Leopard or one of the rare Black Rhinos. We didn’t see either of those, but did manage to see a few more elephants and another lion or two and added another bird species to our ever-growing list.

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African Safari – The big sale

African Safari – The big sale

During our period of R&R, I wandered down the pathway from the lodge to the small, three hut model Maasai village nearby. I was interested in buying a small mask. Seven Maasai women were interested in selling me cloth, masks, bracelets, beads and all manner of handiwork. After much discussion and bartering, I left with their picture and a mask and they kept some of my money :-).

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African Safari – A restful afternoon at the lodge

African Safari – A restful afternoon at the lodge

After our early morning outing on the Masai Mara, we returned to the lodge for breakfast and a bit of R&R.

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African Safari – Masai Mara – Breakfast with the Vultures

African Safari – Masai Mara – Breakfast with the Vultures

Not sure of i.d. of these vultures.

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African Safari – The Vantelope Phenomenon

African Safari – The Vantelope Phenomenon

The Vantelope phenomenon is really quite an amazing sight to see. At any given moment, in the touristy parts of the Masai Mara, there may be a hundred or more safari vans with their tourist payloads looking for that elusive lion or the even more elusive leopard. The vastness of the landscape is hard to fathom and the ability of the animals and the vans to somehow be lost from sight is really quite hard to believe.

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African Safari – The Masai River

African Safari – The Masai River

The nice weather continued and our destination for the afternoon was the Masai River, home to many hippopotamus and African crocodiles.

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African Safari – Masai Mara – Lunch on a blanket

African Safari – Masai Mara – Lunch on a blanket

By about noon we had traveled a long way from our lodge and ended up at the top of a hill where we could get a panoramic view of that section of the Masai Mara. We also needed to check to see if there were any available trees under which to spread our community blanket.