S: TANZANIA SAFARI September 1-12, 2012
BC: TANZANIA, AFRICA | September 1-12, 2012
FC: OUR AMAZING AFRICAN SAFARI
1: WILDEBEEST 1.5 MILLION IN THE SERENGETI
3: OUR (usually) TRUSTED DRIVER, RAPHIELE | The SOMETIMES TRUSTED LAND CRUISER
4: Arumeru River Lodge, Arusha Our first stay in Tanzania | Yes, this is a bedroom/ desk/seating area in a TENT!! | The tent is on stilts with wooden floor, keeps the animals out | SERENGETI MIGRATION CAMP | (top 2 photos) | Our Favorite
5: The SOPA LODGES are more Western and modern. We stayed at Serengeti and Ngorongoro Sopas, comfortable but like being in USA.
6: KATI-KATI Our most primitive camp near Tarangiri National Park | A movable camp but very comfortable, gravity shower,flush toilet and table linens!
7: We were well fed on the safari. Breakfasts were mostly buffet, lunches were boxed for the road and dinners ranged from menus with several choices to buffets to plated meals. However, food was not the main attraction. | Meals
8: Every place we stayed was new and different
9: Our favorite activity was shooting animals | (cameras only, of course!!!) | "click"
10: The Baobab or Upside-Down Tree provides food, water, shelter and medicine | The Euphorbia, also called the Candelabra Tree has sap that was used as a salve to treat leprosy. | African Gardenia flowers at Lake Manyara
11: The Acacia is an abundant tree in the serengeti with 12 different species found throughout the area.
12: THE big 5 | cAPE BUFFALO | lion | RHINO | LEOPARD | eLEPHANT
13: dIK-DIK | klip- Springer | Topi | Thompson's Gazelle | Grant's Gazelle | Harte-beest | Water- buck | impala
14: Elephants are fiercely protective of their young. We got great photos but all from inside the vehicle. At one point they got so close we could touch them | elephants
16: THE BIG CATS
17: Left, leopard in the tree with his recent kill. Above, impala, killed and stashed it in the tree by leopard for eating later, possibly to share with her young. Below, a recent kill. We came upon this as the lioness was walking away. We actually saw the wildebeest and the zebras who got away running from the site of the kill. The zebras were barking like dogs and looking behind them, watching for the one who was killed. | BIG CAT KILLS
18: Zebras and giraffes were everywhere | hippos were in most rivers | they secrete a sun screen to protect from burning
19: warthogs | shy herbivores that often graze on their knees, the warts protect them during fighting, the tusks help root up bulbs | nile crocodile | black-backed jackal | spotted hyena | possesses the strongest jaws of any animal, can eat bones, horn, teeth and can digest rotten meat
20: The Little Guys | Fruit Bats | Schlieffens Bat | Rock Agama | Spitting Cobra
21: Dwarf Mongoose | Little Guys, too | Single-striped Mouse | Tree and Rock Hyrax | Related to the elephant with similar teeth, toes and skull structure. Vegetarians, no claws, don't bite and potty trainable, they make good pets
22: primates | Black-faced vervet | baboon
23: leopards in tree
24: Ostrich is common in the Serengeti. it is the fastest creature on two legs. | Grey-crowned Crane | Secretary Bird | quills on their head look like secretary's pencils | Kori Bustard | Heaviest flying bird in Africa | THE BIRDS
25: Go-away Bird | Hornbills | Red-billed Von der Decken's | Buffalo Weaver | White-crowned Shrike
26: Marabou Stork | Guineafowl | Superb Starling | Coqui Francolin
27: Red-and-yellow Barbet | Lilac-breasted Roller
28: Brown-headed Kingfisher
29: Little Bee-eater
30: Birds of Prey | African Fish Eagle | Snake Eagle | Eagle Owl | Short-tailed Eagle | Black-shouldered Kite
34: RITES of PASSAGE | Maasai boys are circumcised in the bush by the elders at about the age of 12 or 13. If they do not react while the surgery is performed, they are allowed to wear black robes, bright feathers and have their faces painted until they heal. During the ceremony, the mothers wail and suffer for them.
39: THE END | of an | Amazing | SAFARI