Posted by: Larzizou | December 29, 2007

Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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I have never been really keen on animals. Never. And I have had numerous and varied pets. There is no apparent reason why I have signed up for a two months safari, which entails things I strongly dislike, such as not showering as often as needed or fenceless bush-camping in the middle of wild animals.

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And as far I know, neither is there any hidden reason. This is probably why, in the middle of a safari, I am reading…

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…or sleeping (we woke up at 5am).

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But when something comes up, I look up…

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…and pop out of the jeep.

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So why is Adrian (from the UK) on my left using binoculars ?

What is there to see ?

(a) Animals:in case I did not make it clear, we were sleeping with all these dangerous animals around without fences to protect us. We were extremely lucky: most of these animals were seen on the first of our three-days safari in the Serengeti, including 3 of “The Big 5”. If you don’t know what “The Big 5” are, just google it.

Let’s start with the king.

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And his family.

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A majestic cheetah.

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Impalas or gazelles, I am not sure.

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Now zebras.

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Running zebras.

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Zebras with friends (wildebeests) in the crater. Animals cannot escape from the crater, so they have to live together.

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Ebony and ivory, live together in perfect harmony…oh lord, why don’t we?

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Wildebeest ghetto.

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Here come the lazy fatties.

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Shame on me, I did not know that hippos were the most lethal animals.

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Speaking of fatalities, this is the saddest thing we came across during the whole trip; three baby elephants down and parents mourning them.

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Elephants don’t like solitude…

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…and they like to be watched (otherwise, why would they be such good posers?).

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Now, the tallest.

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With kids.

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The biggest bird. I ate some in Nairobi, and was disappointed. Ostriches make better bags/shoes/belts.

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A hell of a bird.

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With kids.

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These ones were sneaky.

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And this one…

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A safari would not be complete with the sight of a killing. Unfortunately, most safaris are incomplete. Nas, our guide, only saw two kills in his entire (five year) career. Have we been lucky ? Find out below.

You will probably find some more explicit videos on Youtube.

(b) Landscapes

Huts in the park.

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Our jeep, ready to go…

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…on the road…

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…or not.

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A tree grown on a rock.

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Panoramic view of the Crater. To get down there, we have to drive up the crater and then down the plateau

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And a short video.

We were there very early…

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…but the crater was still extremely busy. Hatable tourists.

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Clouds came…

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…stayed for a while…

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…quite a while…

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…and faded away…

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…entirely.

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Leaving the crater.

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Last view of it.

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I don’t really know which part of the Serengeti/Crater these pictures represent, but they close the post nicely.

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That’s all folks !

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Responses

  1. My favorite in all of Tanzania – this place is great. It really feels like the cradle of civilization. Where did you stay? We were at the Serena or Melia or something like that, very nice…

  2. I stayed…in a tent ! I know the pictures (not even retouched by Picwash) are amazing but READ the post.

  3. very thanks for all pic

  4. beatiful.. african dream


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