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Day 5 South East Serengeti – Ndutu (game drive 2)

Today was an EARLY morning for everyone.  3 of us were going on a hot air ballon ride while the others went on an early morning game drive.  With the rooms being rustic and out in the middle of nowhere had no phones so someone had to physically come to the rooms, knock and say, “good morning” and that was the wake up service. 

The Ndutu lodge was not even open that early so the night before they had brought us a thermos and coffee and fixings for the morning.  We were very happy when we poured our coffee in the morning and found that the coffee was nice and hot.  I think it was the best coffee of the whole trip but that may have been because it was 5:00 a.m. in the morning.

On our drive out to the balloon launch site it was dark, but we still saw a few  animals including a lion with her cub playing.  The driver stopped for a few minutes and shined the car lights on them so we could see.  We couldn’t stay too long as we had to get to the launch site on time.  Once at the launch site the sun was just starting to come up and the balloon was there beginning to fill with air.  It was huge! 

The captain gave us a quick walk through of how the launch process would take place and before we knew it we were up in the air.  Dawn knew she would like it, but the big surprise was the two chickens (Stacey and Shelley) that were afraid of heights both loved it.  We could see wildebeest which made a mooing kind of noise at us and the captain said they probably thought we were a dragon.  The zebras were also running and barking at us.  The view was amazing and later in the flight we flew over the rest of our group which had gone out on a morning safari and we were going to meet up with them later.  They got some great pictures of us flying over while they were sitting there watching some hyenas chasing some wildebeest.


 

 

 

After we landed we were taken to another location for a big English breakfast of bacon, potatoes, eggs, fruit and coffee. 

 They even had a portable potty set up out there – it had a curtain and a sign that said “A loo with a view”.   And of course Stacey took a picture from the Loo so you could get the view!  Get it!    Not much a view…but still cool.  

 

 

 

 

 

  
Once we were done eating we had a car and one of the drivers there to pick us up and meet up with our group.

We drove around a bit looking at animals before meeting up with our group.  There were zebras and wildebeest everywhere!  They were common at this point, but still awesome to see everyplace we drove  After lunch we went out searching for baby cheetahs that we had heard about during our morning balloon excursion.  We came across another pride of lions… not the same as the previous day.  They were big, fat and sleepy so apparently well fed.   

And then we found her… cuddled up in the tall grass … a cheetah mother and her four cubs.  Oh my goodness!  Cheetah cubs have got to be the cutest baby animal ever!  We must have spent an hour watching her.  

After leaving her we came across a lioness and four cubs – not sure if it was the same lioness from the day before but seems like it was.  We watched her for a good hour too.  Nearing the end of our time with her she had climbed up a tree to get some space between her and when Stacey went to take a picture she realized that they were eye level with each other.  Stacey took a little step back when the lion seemed to lower her ears and stare at her like she was lunch – the picture looks cool though.  (heebie jeebies!)

 


Great day!  We went back to Ndutu had a great dinner and fell into bed sound asleep!

South East Serengeti / Ndutu (Day 2 Game Drive)

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