November 16, 2011
We checked out of Mbuzi Mawe but not before thoroughly checking our bags – a couple from Brazil had a fibra snake in their room yesterday! Thankfully, our bags were okay. We sure enjoyed the camp (even with the snakes), who wouldn’t like a place that serves champagne with every breakfast?
We traveled north to the eastern corridor of the Serengeti near the Loliondo controlled area. This area was teeming with wildlife! We saw 22 lions in one day – unbelievable!
We also saw 6 cheetah’s in one day – amazing Africa!
We saw more leopard’s too! One was climbing a tree to join another one that was already stretched out on a branch. A while later we saw one hanging around a water hole. There’s so much wildlife here!
We stopped for lunch at a beautiful spot and ate with the cape buffalo. I was a little worried when Modi flipped open a red blanket and waved it around in the air – I expected the cape buffalo to charge but they just stood around and watched us eat. The view was spectacular and we really had no idea how green and lush this area would be.
We loved these candelabra trees!
We finally arrived at our mobile tented camp and all the staff came out to the Landcruiser to greet us. They briefed us on the rules – no leaving your tent at night without an escort because there are lions! We had to pre-order a shower because they have to heat up the water and then dump it in a tank at your tent so that you can run your shower. They also advised us to drink as much as we can because it’s all included! So of course we all order a beer and then pre-order our showers before dinner. This was by far the most rustic and remote camp but it was a lot of fun staying here, especially with the lions roaring at night! At one point we asked the staff if we needed to worry about the lions while inside our tents, they answered “they don’t know how to work the zippers” – ha ha. We all loved the food here and it was nice that Modi joined us for every meal, it gave me time to quiz him about Oprah!
November 17, 2011
We woke up early again and headed towards the Mara river along the border of Kenya. We were hoping to see some of the later herds of wildebeest that hadn’t crossed the Mara yet. We had already seen the large herds in the Southern Serengeti because the migration was earlier than expected this year.
We spotted a herd of wildebeest on the other side of the river from where we were parked – will they cross? They sure took their time thinking about it and apparently they can think about it for days! We waited for quite some time but it didn’t look like they wanted to do it, and we couldn’t really blame them seeing there were crocodiles in the water!
We loved watching this mom with her baby!
And this mamma warthog with her two littles!
The topi calves were pretty cute too!
It was funny to watch the giraffes drink – their legs are so long and they end up in these awkward positions to get their faces to the ground.
We saw such a great variety of animals during our game drives here.
There’s so much wildlife here even the waterbucks were being photo bombed!!
On our way back to camp we saw these termite hills everywhere, it made for an interesting landscape.
November 18, 2011
This morning we headed back towards the Mara in search of a rhino but we didn’t see one in the area. We did see a lot of wildlife though and Mom was a great spotter!
We came across 2 cheetah’s – Modi told us it was a mother and son. They were incredible to watch, so graceful and powerful!
We drove along the border of Kenya and then actually crossed over to the Maasai Mara in Kenya – no border patrol here!
We all loved the different birds that we saw, some of them were so colourful like the lilac breasted roller.
There are some interesting small things to see as well. These terrapins are tiny turtles that would poke their heads up in the puddles…weird!
I loved the bright colours on this agama lizard!
The fireball lily’s were gorgeous! I was surprised to see lotus flowers here.
We had an AMAZING safari and all of us were in absolute awe with everything we saw! Our guide ‘Modi’ was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable, our accommodations were wonderful, and the food we had was delicious. Naipenda Safaris was a wonderful company to deal with and we highly recommend them! We were so lucky to see the ‘Big Five’ – Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Cape Buffalo. For those of you not aware of the ‘Little Five’, we saw those too – Whart Hog, Blue Monkey, Jackal, Secretary Bird, Dik Dik (we made the little five up at the beginning of the safari in appreciation of the smaller animals, and had quite a few laughs about it).
It was a bitter sweet end to our safari but we were all looking forward to spending a relaxing week on the beautiful island of Zanzibar!
Where we stayed: TWC’s Exclusive Mobile Tented Camp👍
Tour Operator: Naipenda Safaris 👍