Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
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October 27th, 2009 – by: tridantri
Once in the Serengeti National Park we removed the roof of the jeep, allowing us to stand up on the seats.
On the way to the campsite we saw a group of lionesses and her cubs feasting on a Zebra. On closer inspection it was obvious that the Zebra was pregnant as we could see the head of a young zebra sticking out of the mothers hind, which had been ripped open by the lions.
At the camp we set up our tents then ate dinner, which was cooked for us. As we were chatting after dinner we shone a torch light around the camp and saw the reflection of two sets of green eyes. Our guide, Simba (which means lion in Swahili), told us that they were hyenas and would come into the camp at night to eat any food that had been left out.
The next day we went on a morning safari. First we saw a cheetah that was eyeing up a group of gazelle, who, unfortunately for the cheetah, were all to aware of his presence. At a river there were a whole heard of gazelle going for a drink.
Tonight we camped above the crater at an elevation of 2300m so it was much cooler during the night. After dinner we made a fire to sit around and spent the evening chatting to one another.
It was another early start the following morning and this time we were going for a safari through the Crater. Although we didn't see any animals we had not already seen it was still a great drive. The highlight was seeing a pack of 10 lions that walked right by the side of the jeeps, so close that I could have reached out the window to touch them had I wanted to.
After spending hours driving through the crater we headed back to the Snake Park at Arush where I had a few drinks. I also tried a shot called 'mamas revenge', which was a home brewed alcohol that tasted so awful that they had to disguise the taste with so much chilli that you could feel the burn all the way down your throat right into your stomach!
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