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Day 4 – Southeast Serengeti – Ndutu (game drive 1)

Remember on the last page, when we said we didn’t think our trip could get any better….well READ ON!

After a nice “active” breakfast  (this is what they call buffet style eating) we headed up the mountain leaving our lush jungle like area behind. 

We stopped at the ranger station going into the crater area where our guide used a topography map of the area to show us what our next few days would entail and more information about the area
we would be seeing.  There were lots of visitors that did not have a naturalist like us and listened in.  We felt very fortunate to be with AA Africa to get this information.

 

 

 

We drove up to the top of the crater rim to a nice look out area and took some quick pictures.  Using our binoculars we could see some of the animals down at the crater floor. 

 

After our quick stop we headed on down the road.  Dawn had just pulled out her little “point and shoot” camera to take a quick shot of the area when walking down the street came a sole, large male lion.  What the heck?  Everyone scrambled for their cameras and Dawn felt  lucky to have just pulled hers out out and got some great shots of him walking right past her window!!! How cool is that?  Trina said her heart was pounding!

 As we continued,  we saw many animals including:  Zebra, wildebeest, grant gazelles, cape eland elk (largest in Africa), Thompson gazelle, and a big group of giraffe up near the road.

 

 

 We stopped in the middle of nowhere for a box lunch which was very nice.  We gathered our uneaten items together and shared it with some Masai boys that were watching their herds nearby.

 Continuing our game drive, we saw lots of zebra (including tons of baby zebras), wildebeest, hyena’s, vultures, and more.  Stacey says calmly – “I see a lion”.  no one reacts and our driver does not stop.  She says “I’m not lying…I see a lion”.  (it was funny at the time).  There were two just laying in the brush!  Taking a nap.  So we moved on. 

No more than 30 minutes later we came upon a pride of lions.    They were all sacked out sleeping and fat, you could tell they had recently eaten.  We noticed some safari cars a few yards away by a tree and decided to check it out…

No Way…a lioness and 4 cubs nursing!  She was protecting the pride’s recent kill and was nursing the cubs.  they were very active and oohhh sooo cute.  When she got tired of them, she walked over to join the pride and the cubs all followed her.  They continued to play with other lions.  We must have watched them for an hour -just amazing!  When some vultures went over to check out the kill the lioness had stepped away from she quickly got up and chased them off, she was not to be messed with and they flew away quickly.   We were REALLY excited about the whole lion/cub encounter!  Can you tell?

 LISTEN CLOSELY and you can hear the cubs!

 

 After our time with the lions we headed to  Ndutu Lodge where we would be staying for three nights and we are all looking forward to being in one place for a couple of days.  Ndutu is considered a standard hotel due to electricity not being available 24 hours and hot water was also only available during certain hours.  In addition there is a set menu so you can just decide “oh I feel like chicken tonight”, you get what they make.  After saying all this though – it was everyone’s very favorite place.  The place was clean, the food was great, and it had a great charm, a very authentic feel to it.  In the evenings there were Genet Cats that would come into the lobby on scaffolds and would hang out to get a few dinner scraps – one night there were four of them there.  Every day during lunch we would notice a large gathering of beautiful love birds and bishops outside and later realized they were filling a bath for them and because of warm dry conditions the birds would gather here. 

 We all especially like that we needed a guard to keep watch for lions and such when we would walk back to our rooms after dinner… Except one night, we went back up to the lobby to get our laptop that we left charging and apparently everyone had gone for the evening and the place was closed up.  We just had our little flashlight when we got there and realized not only was it closed but there were no guards… we practically ran back to our room!

South East Serengeti / Ndutu (Day 1 Game Drive)

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Sout East Serengeti - Ndutu Safari Lodge

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3 Responses to Day 4 – Southeast Serengeti – Ndutu (game drive 1)

  1. Bob O'Connor

    OMG those baby cheetahs are so cute! Can’t wait to see pics of the migration. Glad you guys are having an amazing time. I WANT TO GO BACK NOW!!!

    • smagee

      The migration was incredible. When I post pictures it won’t do it justice.

  2. barbara

    WOW what a trip … now I can officially say I’m jealous!

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