“One cannot resist the lure of Africa.”
A beautiful male lion scans the vast plains of the Serengeti, Tanzania.
We first sighted this rhino from the view point at the Ngorongoro Crater. The next morning we were the first to enter the crater and headed into the the area where we had seen him. We found him marking his territory and managed to get some great pictures as he crossed the road in front of us.
Whilst at Duba Plains, we watched three lions, struggle to take down this massive bull. This bull weighed more than all three lions put together. Imagine his strength as he pushes down on this lioness trying to wind her as she silenced his distress calls.
The animals we saw at Kings Pool were amazing! The first day we spent searching for the dog pack and while we picked up some fresh tracks, we had no luck in finding them. On our way back to camp we got a call letting us know that they were there, in the camp!
We raced to get back in time but were interrupted by the alarmed calls of monkeys. A leopard had been sighted, and she led us to her three week old cubs. That afternoon the dogs arrived in camp, just as we were leaving. We followed them on the hunt and watched as they brought down a kudu close the the river.
Mombo Camp, that place of plenty. The first animal we saw as we arrived was a female leopard (pula) who we watched for some time, sunning herself on a termite mound. Later in the afternoon we followed a pride of hunting lions heading towards a buffalo herd. What a great start to a safari.
The three days we spent at Mombo were all a highlight, lots more lions, two male leopards, large herds of elephant and a large herd of buffalo moving through the camp. There seemed to be game around every corner!
Tanzania’s majestic Ngorongoro Crater is full of life. We’ve just seen the most spectacular animals out in the field – large african elephants, three prides of lion and a crash of rhino.
Vumbura Plains never ceases to amaze me. From birding and boating, to mekoros and great game, it just seems to have it all.
The action started as we arrived at camp, with three cheetah moving through the dry floodplains and a male lion feeding on a tsessebe. The next morning we headed out to a dog den and were rewarded with a sight of ten tiny puppies playing around and suckling from mom.
We also went in search of sable antelope and even saw an aardwolf – my first sighting ever at Vumbura. We found a herd of around 25 sable just in time, only 15 minutes before our plane landed to take us to Mombo.
Endangered African Wild Dog puppies spotted at Chitabe. I was privileged to visit this particular den four times over the last couple of months. There were twelve puppies, the lions have been raiding the den a bit too often though, fingers crossed they all survive!