The following day we left Gibbs Farm after an early breakfast and drove down to the Ngorongoro Caldera. We found a wide variety of animals like ostriches,
warthogs and their piglets, rhinos, lions, buffalos, hippos, zebras, jackals, and different bird species.
The following morning we started the game drive at 7:00 am aiming to find some cheetahs. And we did! Then we came across a clan of hyenas feeding. Then
vultures came before we got back to the camp for lunch. During the afternoon drive we saw herds of wildebeests, gazelles, giraffes, and four lionesses
and their seven cubs.
Our second full day in the Serengeti we drove all the way to the Seronera Valley purposely looking for the leopards and perhaps a pangolin. We found a
leopard, some lions on kopjes, cheetahs, jackals, clan of hyenas and many more.
Their safari ended on Day 6 when I drove them to the Ndutu airstrip for Air Excel flight to Zanzibar.
Dec 8, 2015
It was raining a lot today and the roads were very slippery and difficult to drive. Game viewing was more adventurous and was a real African adventurous
safari. Luckily clients observed the migration around “Mawe ya simba” (in English means Lions Rocks) heading towards Naabi gate. Although the weather
was not good, it was interesting to see to leopard and two male giraffe fighting.
Dec 9, 2015
This was last day in Serengeti and driving to Ngorongoro was very exciting with lots of giraffe enroute and six young lioness on the tree. Enroute
to the Ngorongoro we stopped at Maasai Village. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa.
Dec 10, 2015
We had full day in the Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunche. The crater animals were very close to vehicles and this provided some exciting moments
for them. They really enjoyed this scenery and also the flamingo at Lake Magadi. There were plenty of lions at Kigongoni, even a couple of them
mating. Sub-adult lion cubs fell asleep under the cars while their parents enjoyed a quiet moment. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa.
Dec 11, 2015
On this day we left the Ngorongoro heading to Tarangire National Park. We enjoyed lunch at Tarangire Sopa followed by an afternoon game drive. The
game drive was good with the highlight being a baby elephant playing and two crown crane birds flying overhead, scaring the baby elephant. Dinner
and overnight at Tarangire Sopa.
Dec 12, 2015
This was the last day of program, enroute to Arusha we saw a bat eared fox at Tarangire gate. Lunch was at Mount Meru Hotel, and continued via road
transfer to Namanga. That was end of our adventurous and good safari.
December Safari for the Alpert Party Guided by Elibariki
Day 1: I met the clients at breakfast time for introductions and a safari briefing. We departed with a picnic lunch and drove to Tarangire for
a game drive. We saw zebra, hundreds of wildebeest, elephant families, a harem of impala, Nile monitor lizard, banded mangoose, about fifteen giraffe
- some drinking water in the water hole and some browsing on the acacia trees, pride of two lionesses, one of them trying to hunt zebra but with
no success. After lunch, we continued on an afternoon game drive where we saw common waterbuck, dwarf mongoose, troop of baboons, yellow billed
stork, white backed vultures, lilac breasted roller, white headed weavers, scattered elephant families and many of the same common animals. We
then drove to Chem Chem for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: After breakfast we departed to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. On our way we saw giraffe, warthogs, territorial
male impala, herd of impala, banded mongoose, lilac breasted roller, helmeted guinea fowl etc. Then we had lunch at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and
the afternoon at leisure.
Day 3: After early breakfast we departed with a picnic hamper for full day game drive in the crater. We saw zebra, a herd of wildebeest, Thompson
and Grant gazelles, bachelor herd of buffalo, spotted hyena and black backed jackals eating left over probably by lion, juvenile lioness walking
whilst looking for rest of the pride, male ostrich sitting on the nest and so many hyena packs. We also saw black rhino, another lioness of different
pride, hippos, kori bustards almost everywhere, and a huge male elephant drinking water at Ngoitoktok.
Following our picnic lunch we continued on an afternoon game drive. Late afternoon back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: After early breakfast we departed to Lake Manyara Airport where the clients flew to Arusha.
The Dixon Family Safari Guided by Daniel Nyamoga
I met the Dixon Family at the Arusha Hotel for a safari briefing. Wwe started driving to Tarangire National Park, where we proceeded to Tarangire Safari
Lodge but on the way we saw a lot elephants, impalas, waterbucks and zebras. We enjoyed lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. We had one of
our best sightings - a pride of lions, calmly resting on a termite mound. We spent a significant amount of time with them and then drove back to
the lodge after that.
The following day we had an early morning game drive, starting at 06:00 with a packed breakfast because we did not want to miss anything. We saw a
very beautiful leopard sitting in a Baobab tree. We decided to drive back to the lodge for lunch and enroute we found a pride of lions crossing
the road right in front of us. They headed to a large tree where they layed down in the shade. An afternoon game drive followed and this time the
pride we saw earlier was very close to the lodge.
On Day 3 we had a vbusy day which began with a short game drive, followed by checking out of the lodge and driving to the orphanage center because
they had some donations for the to children. After a memorable visit, we drove to Mto wa Mbu for a village walk. The clients enjoyed it as it gave
them some interesting interaction with the locals.
Following a delicious bush lunch, we drove to Kisima Ngeda for dinner.
The next morning we started our day at 06:00 because we were going hunting with the Hadzabe bushmen. We met our local guide who took us to the
bushmen. When we arrived we found them doing their morning preparations before going hunting. It was an exciting day and while we did not catch
anything we enjoyed hunting with the Hadzabe and their dogs. We went back to their small village to practice using a bow and arrow. We drove back
to the lodge for Brunch. In the afternoon we visited the Datoga tribe. It was very interesting how they prepare the meals, share their husbands,
raise kids and making tools and so much more. That evening we went on a walk that ended up on a rock for some drinks while enjoying seeing the
Sun setting down.
As yesterday was quite busy, today the clients wanted to relax a bit so we drove to Kitela Lodge, arriving in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon
was spent relaxing.
The next morning was a full day game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater. Seeing a rhino was our big mission today and we got lucky as we saw a beautiful
rhino just eating hardly 30 meters away from the road. It was an amazing sighting!! We thought that was the highlight of the day but we were totally
wrong as we saw something else that as a guide was the highlight of the day a pride of lion trying to separate a buffalo from a herd. It was like
a "Hide and Seek" game because the buffalo were chasing the lion as they were chasing the buffalo. It was a drama we rarely see. We drove back
to the lodge happily.
This morning was a busy start for us as we were heading to the central Serengeti and Kati Kati camp. First, we visited the Oldupai Museum, Gorge
and Shifting Sand before arriving in time for lunch.
In our afternoon game drive we saw something spectacular and I must admit that this was the highlight of the entire trip. A lion sitting next
to a zebra carcass, half eaten with at least 20 hyena around him just waiting patiently. On our left side there was a herd of elephant grazing
and slowly moving towards us before they came behind us and crossed the road. They were now heading towards the lion. They did not see the lion
because the grass was very high. It ended up spooking the lion, who ran away. The hyena took the chance to claim the carcass, but when the lion
saw that he decided to go back to the carcass and it became like a repeated drama.
This was another day of adventures. Our mission today was to look for more cats especially cheetahs. We started by seeing lion before we found
the cheetahs. Watching them in the distance was quite nice especially with the morning light.
Our last we took a packed lunch so that we could spend more time out on the plains. We drove to Hippo pool to enjoy the hippos. The rest of the day
driving around enjoying every moment. This was definitely another good day.
The Gifford Party’s Safari with Martin Mallya
Oct 2, 2015
Arrived Kilimanjaro International Airport with KLM, the Giffords were transferred to Lake Duluti Lodge where they spent a night.
Oct 3, 2015
In the morning we commenced the safari by driving to Maramboi Tented Camp in time for hot lunch. Afternoon game drive experiencing giant baobab and
close viewing of lion lying under tree.
Oct 4, 2015
This was a full day game drive day with large number of elephant and guests were lucky enough to see tree-climbing lioness.
Oct 5, 2015
With packed picnic lunches we departed to Lake Manyara National Park for full day game viewing. During the drive they saw a flock of flamingos and
a pride of lion eating a baboon. They were delighted to see Klipps springer and antelope standing on the rock. Late afternoon we proceeded to Ngorongoro
Sopa for dinner and overnight.
Oct 6, 2015
This was second day at crater, despite the long day we had on previous day clients were keen to be at crater very early in the morning. We had our
picnic lunch as usual. In the walls of crater we saw pride of lion along River Munge drinking water after a heavy meal of wildebeest. Exciting
sightings also included black rhino, hyena and zebras. We returned to lodge for dinner and overnight.
Oct 7, 2015
On this day we drove to Serengeti via Maasai village and Olduvai Gorge. Lunch was served at Mbuzi Mawe camp, afternoon game drive with plenty of lions
Oct 8, 2015
They were booked on balloon excursion, this was another day where they depart early from lodge, after balloon they had bush breakfast. We had 3 hrs.
game viewing before having a hot lunch at Camp. After resting a bit we did another afternoon game drive.
Oct 9, 2015
We had full day game drive, crocodiles were along Seronera River, lions, lots of nice and beautifully birds such as lilac-breasted roller, little bee-eater
etc. The whole day was spent on vast plain of Serengeti with plenty of exciting game drives. Returned to camp for dinner and overnight.
Oct 10, 2015
We spent this day around northern Serengeti, they were lucky to see leopard on the tree as well as lioness with cubs on a big rocky, lot of zebras
and wildebeest. They enjoyed this scenery a lot and like the area so much. Returned to camp for overnight.
Oct 11, 2015
Unfortunately this was last day of Tanzania program, they checked out of lodge in time to connect with their flight to Mara.