19 July 2014 – Day 8/8 Safari@Tanzania

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This morning was our final game drive before we leave for home at noon. Hoping to see a hunt or kill, again we set off early at 6am. Though we didn’t get to see a hunt or kill, we found the pride with many cubs. Later, saw a male pursuing a female but was rejected by her.

We had our brunch at the lodge before checking out at noon. An half hour drive to Kogatenge Airport for our 1 hour charter flight to Kilimanjaro. From here, we took Qatar Flight QR1348 to Doha where we transit and board Qatar Flight QR944 bound for Singapore. Arrived safely home at 3:20pm local time.

Last day and last sunrise over the Serengeti Plains. Nice sunrise to start the day though we were reluctant to leave.

Young lion cubs spotted with the pride.

Hey! count me in too.

Playful just like kids.

Look like Serengeti lion may be learning to climb tree like their cousins at Lake Manyara.

Mother was always nearby its cubs.

Females lions are happy to share the pride as they need each other to hunt together.

Another female lion came with her younger cub.

Immediately the older siblings showered the little one with attention.

Then started to play rough.

Mother was here to the rescue.

Let’s be nice, mother was watching.

Time to go before getting hurt!

Mum gone, let’s carry on!

Said who? I was looking for for you little fellows.

Getting up the rock for a better vantage point.

Here came the patriarch!

Up to the top at last.

Great view up here.

Oh! I saw you patriarch.

I was watching all along.

Coming over now.

Yup, great view up here.

What to do next???

Stop being lazy, let’s get productive!

Huh? Not okie?

Sorry, my day off.

Come on………

Haizz……….

Let me ask you one more time.

Don’t keep me hanging on!

Really cannot?

Ok….suck thumb!

Such a pussy!!

Okie, we just sit here and watch those people waiting for our action.

A flock of Ruppell’s Griffon Vultures having difficulty tearing open the tough hide of the dead Wildebeest as their beaks were not strong enough for the job.

Some of the Ruppell’s Griffon Vultures had given up.

Ruppell’s Griffon Vultures were not very cooperative and fight even when food is abundant.

This is a Lappet-faced Vulture which has a very strong beak that can tear open the tough hide but was out numbered and got chased away by the Ruppell’s Griffon Vultures.

Lappet-faced Vulture is usually the first to feast on carcasses as its beak can tear open the hide.

Large herd of Buffaloes spotted.

This was the largest buffalo herd spotted on the trip.

How many zebras are there?

Mosque Swallow

Mosque Swallow

Ruppell Starling

Ruppell Starling

Sooty Chat

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18 July 2014 – Day 7/8 Safari@Tanzania

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The last chance for us to witness the wildebeest crossing today, so again we set off at 6am. Our effort finally paid off when the wildebeest decide to made their move at around 10:30am. The mad rush for the best spots by all the waiting jeeps was just as spectacular as the crossing itself. Thousands of wildebeest and zebras made the crossing and it lasted almost an hour.

We head back to our lodge for lunch and a good rest before venturing out again in the late afternoon to look for the lions, hopefully a male one. Our wish was granted when we saw 2 brothers sharing the pride.

Heavenly rays greeted us early this morning. A sign of good fortune probably. Looking back, it was indeed good fortune that we saw what we had come for, the Wildebeest crossing.

Left very early at 6am so as not to miss our very last chance at witnessing the Wildebeest crossing. Stopped here to have our picnic breakfast in between waits for the ultimate crossing.

Breakfast table was been set up.

Hungrily waiting to be served.

Our last rays of hope to see the Wildebeest crossing.

Masai woman?

This Masai blanket is very good at keeping one warm from the drastic drop in temperature in the early morning and late evening.

Another Masai woman with a modern hat!

Blankets mainly in 2 colours, Orange or Purple.

Must be chilly in the morning!

Sharing of warmth?

What’s up ladies?

Still not resolved!

Let me tell you…………

Too fair to be a Masai woman.

The mad rush had finally begun.

From a distant, the Wildebeest looked just like marching black ants.

The zebras too joined in the crossing as they migrated with the Wildebeest.

Squeezing up the muddy slope.

New path formed when one decided to take a different route.

Once on the move, there was no leader but just herd instinct.

Another group of zebras joined in the crossing.

Unfortunately, or should it be fortunately for the Wildebeest and zebras, there as no crocodile at the crossing site probably due to shallow water.

More and more Wildebeest poured into the river.

The action up the slope was as incredible as those in the water.

At the peak of the crossing, the number of Wildebeest in the water was amazing.

The crossing seem like never ending and lasted almost an hour.

The Wildebeest kept coming from behind pushing those in front to keep moving.

Closeup on the action in the water.

Wildebeest annual migration.

Never ending queue.

Many already crossed over and many more still in the queue.

This was probably the first crossing experience for these young Wildebeest calves.

Yet another small group of zebras made the crossing.

The zebras seem to cross with ease.

The last few to make it across.

As sudden as the rush began, it stopped abruptly. Here an injured Wildebeest tried and failed several attempts to scale the wet muddy slope.

Gave up and made its way back to where it started from. May be tried another day with another group after recovery from the injury.

There were still many Wildebeest massed here and yet to cross over.

A wider view of the crossing.

The large crowd that gathered by the river to watch the Wildebeest crossing.

The jostling for spot at the start was as amazing as the crossing itself. As everyone was taking cover in shade, that mad drive to the river bank was like an off-road race.

A celebratory group pose after the amazing Wildebeest crossing.

An eaglet alone in the nest.

Lilac-breasted Roller seem quite common here, spotted several over the few days.

Little Bee-eaters

Warthog, due to its short neck, kneels on its front legs while feeding.

Southern Ground Hornbill

According to our guide Edwin from Lemala, there is a myth that it’s going to rain when Southern Ground Hornbill is around.

Tree Hyrax but always spotted among rocks.

Finally saw the Lion King, the last animal that we wanted to see for the trip. The only other wish but didn’t materialized was to see a hunt and kill.

It was getting bored with all the attention from the visitors.

Spotted another male nearby, must be brothers. Lion brothers do share and defend their pride together.

Disturbed from its rest.

Though king of the jungle, they are wary of human still and choose to peep at us behind some bushes.

Many more Wildebeest still on this side of the Mara River yet to make their crossing.

The same small herd of Hartebeest near our lodge spotted again today.

Caught this Agama agama while walking back to our lodge.

On our way to a surprise event, saw this lone buffalo up on some rocks.

Surprise sunset chill out party. Comfort for guests was never taken for granted, large cushions were provided.

Today was such an eventful day with Wildebeest crossing and Lion King that even a rainbow appeared before the sunset.

Relaxed and sipped champagne while watching the sun set.

Cheers for a great day! Especially this was our last day and the Wildebeest decided to make the crossing, and also managed to see the Lion King.

Quite an experience to watch sunset in the middle of nowhere and surround by wildlife.

After an eventful day, time for the equipment to take a break.

The smiles said it all that everyone was glad that they had seen what they came for.

This was our last group photo, and the next day we would head home on our separate ways.

Cheers!

A last toast before we head back to our lodge for dinner.

The sun finally set on a day that we would remember for a long long time. May tomorrow be a better day.

17 July 2014 – Day 6/8 Safari@Tanzania

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So as not to miss the wildebeest crossing of the Mara River, we woke up very early this morning to set off at 6am. Unfortunately, another very uneventful morning in anticipation of the crossing.

This afternoon, we were transferred to Lemala Kuria Hills, the most luxurious lodge in Northern Serengeti, for our final 2 night stays of the trip. Again we spent an uneventful afternoon by the Mara River. However, on our way back to the lodge, we rushed to the spot where someone had spotted 2 leopards. The day wasn’t lost after all.

Woke up early to another beautiful morning, and another day of stalking the Wildebeest at the Mara River.

The lion cub that we saw 2 days ago had succumbed at last to its injury or illness. Life and death as usual on the safari.

Little Bee-eater

Out of curiosity, we visited the kitchen of our mobile camp.

The chef, tallest guy, and his 2 assistants that whipped up our daily sumptuous meals.

The ration store that was quite well stocked considering our remote location.

Lemala Kuria Hills’ reception. We checked in today for our final 2 stays of the trip.

Behind the reception were the lounge on the left and dining tent on the right. Most beer, wine and spirit were free flow for guests.

The cozy lounge where wifi reception was strongest.

The main pool at Lemala Kuria Hills. Water too cold for a dip. Had our last dinner by the pool.

This path led to our unit. After dark, we needed escort walking to and from our unit. Carrying only a machete, wonder if the escort could really fend off whatever that might attack us. However, did see a guard with an old rifle doing his round after dark.

Our unit, #4

The unit was big, comfy and luxurious just for 2!

View of the unit rear.

Living area in our unit with free whisky.

Super King size bed.

An unobstructed view of the plain from within the unit.

Even had a small pool on the outdoor deck but the water was icy cold.

Comfortable study desk with 4 power outlets, more than sufficient for charging phone, notebook, batteries of camera and torches.

Bathroom with a view. No blind or curtain for privacy, but then who would want to wonder out there?

Bathroom vanity top with dual wash basins. Bottled water were provided for brushing of teeth.

Shower at the outdoor deck probably meant for after a dip in the pool.

Our luxurious bunk!

Nice deck with scenic view for relaxing and sun bathing but we were out for game drive the whole day on both days.

Small but nice and clean pool with deck chairs but highly underused as we were out almost the entire day for game drive, which was what we were here for.

Missing were our friends from Hong Kong as they preferred to stake out at Mara River for the Wildebeest crossing while we took a gamble to check in early to have a look at the most atas resort here plus had a proper lunch than a packed one.

My chatty travel buddy just gotten creative! A hat made from stuff on the dining table!

Another unfruitful day stalking the Wildebeest.

Many more tourists, just like us, spent most of their day staking out under whatever little shade they could find.

Spotted this lonely buffalo. Lone buffalo is usually old or silk and been kicked out of the herd. It can be very aggressive as it knows it’s vulnerable to attack.

Not much action today on the Mara River other than these 2 quarreling Marabou Storks.

Leopard is elusive and difficult to spot. This was a consolation for the day.

It is also difficult to photograph as it’s usually up in the tree and under the canopy where lighting is poor plus obstructed by leaves and branches.

Think it got disturbed by too many people present around the tree.

Time to take cover elsewhere.

16 July 2014 – Day 5/8 Safari@Tanzania

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Woke up at 3:30 am. Had a cup of coffee and off we went at 4am for our rendezvous. After more than an hour drive in the dark on the Serengeti plains, we were met by another jeep to bring us to the launching ground of the hot air balloon. Here we saw how the balloon was inflated. We took off at 6:35am and had almost an hour of aerial view of the plains and its wildlife, witness a sunrise from above too. After the balloon flight, we had a champagne buffet breakfast by the Mara River.

As there was a already very large gathering of wildebeest by the Mara River, most of the afternoon was spent waiting in anticipation for the crossing of the Wildebeest and Zebra, but uneventful. However, we did managed to spot quite a number of other animals while driving around the different spots.

Drove more than an hour from 4am in the dark to our rendezvous point to meet up with the hot air balloon operator. It was chilling in the early morning.

After another short drive, we arrived at the launch location.

Staff were already busy setting up the balloon. 2 big fans were first used to fill up the balloon with air.

Never waste time while waiting, could always do some poses.

The 4 beauties from our jeep.

No harm taking another solo pose.

Sweet couple!

Me and my dearest!

Setting up a second balloon for another group. The truck behind was used to pull the basket upright after the balloon was inflated.

The balloon was filling up fast as day broke.

The gas burners, 4 of them, were fired up to heat the air inside the balloon.

Heated air inside the balloon expanded and became lighter.

Finally, the balloon was up and ready.

One more pose before boarding.

Boarding time. Getting into the basket meant climbing over its sides.

Airborne. Second balloon for another group just below us over the Mara River.

Sunrise viewed from the balloon.

Aerial view of Serengeti Plains.

Mara River as viewed from above.

Everyone is fascinated with the aerial view of Serengeti Plains.

Busy shooting too the wildlife from our vantage point.

Though the flight was a short 1 hour only, it was a unforgettable one.

This herd of elephant tried running away as the balloon approached.

The female elephant turned around to look if it’s safe from us probably.

The giant balloon looming above must have been quite scary to the animals, everyone seem to be running for their lives. Here, a herd of Impalas trying to get away.

All the giraffes kept a watchful eye as our balloon approached from a distant.

Started running as we got nearer.

The giraffes ran into a herd of Grant Gazelles.

Getaway zebra.

Hartbeest, also known as Kongoni.

Spotted this jeep in the middle of a Rock Farm, probably searching for lions.

A large gathering of Wildebeest.

Nice rock formation. Good location to hunt for lions.

Startled Wildebeest

Had a very bumpy landing. Basket was dragged by the balloon and bounced several times off the ground before it came to a standstill on its side and we had to crawl out of it.

By the time we were all out, the balloon was already fully deflated.

My first ballooning experience.

The ladies and our SG guide.

A group shot for this exciting and memorable event.

Champagne buffet breakfast by the Mara River was readied and waiting for us after our balloon flight.

A toast from our pilot.

Champagne for our SG guide too.

A scenic and wonderful place to have breakfast.

Must have been quite an effort to set all these up and bring the food and drinks too.

Certificate for everyone.

Me too of course.

Spotted these 2 hippos just after our breakfast.

With large herd of Wildebeest massed near the Mara River, spent most of today waiting and anticipating for what we had come for, the Wildebeest crossing.

Waited and saw some Wildebeest went close to the river a few times, but each time they turned back.

Several false alarms got us scrambling to the edge of the river.

Our wait today was totally in vain but was told the Wildebeest would cross sooner or later. Hopefully tomorrow would bring better luck.

A lone giraffe strolling across the plain.

Black-headed Heron

Many such skeletons were littered everywhere. This was from a buffalo.

Most birds are monogamy. Ostrich is the exception polygamy.

The darker one is the male and the other 2 are females.

Agama agama, a lizard that sometime does a funny action jerking its head up and down.

Spur-winged Plover

Spur-winged Plover, also known as Spur-winged Lapwing.

Zebras, like the Wildebeest, also do their annual migration crossing the Mara River.

Spotted this solitary young male elephant at a distant.

Unlike carnivores, herbivores can live harmoniously side by side like the Wildebeest, Zebras and elephant here.

African Wattled Lapwing.

Long-tailed Fiscal

Ruppell’s Griffon Vultures

Three-banded Plover

Drove to several spots to check which had a better view of the River where the Wildebeest were likely to cross.

More Wildebeest

Rufous-crowned Roller

Rufous-crowned Roller

Spotted a few giraffes while moving between viewing locations.

Giraffes seem quite common too at Serengeti. Saw them almost daily.

Superb Starling

Massing of Wildebeest for the river crossing.

On the way back to our lodge after giving up on the Wildebeest crossing, spotted this mother and child elephant.

Young elephant is vulnerable to attack by lions and need the protection from its parent.

The female elephant continued feeding, oblivious to our present, probably knew that we were no thread to her young.

A small herd of Hartbeest among the tall weeds near to our campsite.

Hartbeest or Kongoni has short heart shape horns.

Our guide Elly from Legendary Expedition suggested we get off from our jeep and do some memorable group pose on the Serengeti Plain. Off the 3 guides we had for this trip, he was the best and most patience. A bird lover himself, he helped us ID most of the birds we saw.

The sign that Elly showed us, think it meant Serengeti here.

The spirit was high with everyone.

One jump too many? Coordination all out!

15 July 2014 – Day4/8 Safari@Tanzania

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A full day game drive from dawn to dusk, and spotted the most animals today. Saw the elusive cheetah, 2 brothers resting under a tree. Of the Big 5, saw the buffalo, elephants and a dying lion cub. As for the leopard, only found its half eaten leftover prey hanging from the branches of a tree. Didn’t spot any rhinoceros at Serengeti other than the 2 at Ngorongoro Crater.

Start of a bright new day and everyone was eager for the game drive to begin.

One more group shot before hitting the dirt road.

Shade and cap, very useful for game drive.

Ready to roll.

Lilac-breasted Roller

A large herd of buffaloes.

Klipspringer

Tree Hyrax

Another Tree Hyrax.

A dying young lion probably injury while hunting.

Came close to a herd of buffaloes.

What are you chipping at on my belly?

Closeup shot of another one.

Buffaloes are less aggressive when they are in a herd.

A pair of Egyptian Geese.

Mother and calf grazing happily.

The Wildebeest herd is made up of small groups of a male with several females and their calves. Here, the male is look intensely over his family.

Happy family.

A small herd of Impalas.

Found this Wildebeest carcass hanging from a tree.

Gruesome murder! Suspect obviously is a Leopard but no where to be found.

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Ruppell’s Giffon Vultures are the most common vulture here. Whenever they gathered around a carcass, a Marabou Stork can been hanging around too.

Vultures are quarrelsome, they fight even when there is more food than they can chew.

Disgusting too. One here sticking its entire head into the dead wildebeest ass. Ruppell’s Giffon Vulture’s beak isn’t strong enough the tear open the tough hide.

Chasing away another, and the Marabou Stork just standing idling by only all this while.

Marabou Storks feeding in Mara River.

Many Marabou Storks gather along Mara River bank.

Mara River is invested with large crocodiles.

Crocodiles spend large amount of they time sun tanning on the rocks or river banks.

Another croc lying on a rock in the middle of the river.

Ever wonder why croc keeps its mouth open while sun tanning?

Many more crocodiles, not advisable to get close to the water.

Mara River is also shared by Hippopotamus. Hippos and croc are known to have their own separate territories.

Hippos are wary of the croc especially when they have youngs and their jaws and tasks can crush a croc.

Spotted a small group of giraffes.

Giraffe is a magnificent and graceful animal. That doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. A stamp from its leg can kill a lion.

Manage to get quite close the giraffes.

Due to its height, it has to spread its front legs wide in order for its head to reach the ground.

Happily feeding, oblivious to our present.

Survival instinct, be alert even when feeding.

Now, who is watching?

Haha…..saw you!

Ears up and listening.

A small herd of Topis.

Topis (Damaliscus korrigum) are a highly social and fast antelope. They have distinct dark purple patchings on their upper legs and a mask-like dark coloration on the face.

Lucky to see these rare and hard to spot cheetahs. These are 2 young brothers.

Marking its territory with its pee!

A very beautiful animal, the Cheetah.

Always alert as they are no match for lions and leopards.

Scanning left and right.

Guarding over its sleeping brother.

Must be wondering why more and more jeeps surrounding them.

Awoken by our noise probably.

Was told cheetahs bond is very strong. Will hunt and bring back prey for injured sibling till it recovers.

Brotherly love!

Spotted a couple of Topi mixed with some Wildebeest.

Topi is quite shy and not easy to get close.

Stopped at the border between Tanzania and Kenya.

A pose at the border by traveling buddy.

At the top of the jeep for a better view.

Another member up on the top of the jeep.

This stone marks the border between Tanzania and Kenya.

Looking straight ahead is Kenya’s territory.

Me making a pose at the border.

Spotted this herd of elephants heading towards Kenyan’s border.

When we took these shots, we were told that we were already inside Kenya’s territory and had to get out quick before we got ourselves into trouble with their rangers.

Thomson’s Gazelles

Crowned Lapwing

A pair of Crowned Lapwing.

Crowned Lapwing

Top view of its crown while it was drinking

A curious young zebra looking back at us.

Wahlberg’s Eagle

Wahlberg’s Eagle chewing off a chunk of meat

Spread its wings to balance on the swaying canopy.

Thanks to our Legendary Expedition guide Elly, a bird lover himself, who shared his experiences and help identified most of the birds spotted.

Wahlberg’s Eagle is a large bird of prey.

Wahlberg’s Eagle wing span is very wide.

Wahlberg’s Eagle talons are strong and powerful.

Took off after dropping the chunk of meat.

Spotted a second herd of elephants today

A mother elephant leading a group of young calves.

It’s safer to stay in the middle of the herd for the younger elephant.

The mother elephant is weary of us following them.

Female Wildebeest suckles its young.

Spotted this male giraffe. Lost count how many giraffes spotted today.

It moved across the dirt path right in front of our jeep.

Then peeped at us from behind these tall trees.

African Grey Hornbill

Lucky to spot this rather rare African Grey Hornbill perched on the tree.

Took off after a short while probably due to our present.

Vervet Monkey

A male Impala

The male Impala giving us a cautious glance.

Rufous-crowned Roller

Agama agama, many of these lizards can be found on rocks. The male is colourful while the female is dull.

White-headed Buffalo Weaver

Saw a lone Spotted Hyena.

We trailed it and it moved and stopped several times.

Getting up to move again when we got too near for its comfort.

So far only spotted lone hyena, didn’t see any pack of them.

Woolly Necked Stork

Spotted a sleeping leopard. Was very disappointment not able to get a better shot.

Beautiful rocks formation glowing in the evening sun.

These rocks formation is where lions hang out. It gives them a vantage view of the plain.

A beautiful sunset marked the end of another exciting day.

14 July 2014 – Day 3/8 Safari@Tanzania

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Checked out of Plantation Lodge this morning. at 9am. En route to take our flight to Serengeti, we enjoyed a game drive to Lake Manyara which was situated at the escarpment of the Africa Great Rift Valley with lovely scenery and spectacular sight of huge flock of birds. We were also fortunate to witness the unique tree climbing lions.

At 1:30pm, we boarded our 1 hour charter flight from Lake Manyara airstrip to Kogatenge Airport in the north of Serengeti. Here, we were met by our guides from Legendary Expedition and had a short game drive from the airport to Legendary Camp, a mobile but yet luxury setup, for our next 3 night stays. Did another game drive in the evening after we had settled in to look for the lion pride. Found them, and we waited till dusk to see if they went out to hunt. Saw one chase a herd of wildebeest but unsuccessful. 3 lioness stalked a lone buffalo, went the buffalo charged at one of them with the other 2 pursuing. Again no kill. However, unable to capture these spectacular moments due to failing light in the late evening.

The first few giraffes spotted on the trip but didn’t get a good view of them.

One crossed the path in front of our jeep but I was too slow as I was seated at the rear and my view was obstructed.

Who says lion can’t climb tree?

These are the unique tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara.

I believe there is no where else one can find tree-climbing lions.

They are quite high up on the tree.

They started climbing down when more tourists arrived.

Moment before the leap.

Distracted, probably by the sight or sound of the tourists.

A lion cub

Though as King of the Jungle, lion still always stay alert.

Mother and child bond.

Always keeping a watchful eye on her cub.

By now all the lions had climbed now the tree. The pride is actually bigger than this as a few had gone into the bushes. But didn’t spot the male.

Spotted this little fellow. ID anyone?

More giraffes spotted and this time had less obstructed view.

Giraffe with its long neck has the advantage to reach the leaves on tall trees.

Giving us a curious look.

So far spotted giraffes with 2 different colour tones.

A small herd of Impala.

Impala are very shy. Slightest sound and off they ran.

More giraffes spotted at a distant with the wildebeest.

Hang on babe!

Here come a fierce looking male baboon.

Lot of Yellow-billed Storks roosting on top of tree canopy.

Yellow-billed Storks foraging in the marshes.

A pair of Egyptian Geese.

Feeding time.

Mating ritual?

Pair of Egyptian Geese.

Yellow-billed Storks.

A female hippo and her calf feeding amongst wildebeest, zebras, yellow-billed storks and pelicans on the marshes.

A huge flock of Great White Pelicans gathered on the marshes.

Amazing bird life in Lake Manyara.

A flock of Great White Pelicans in flight.

A pair of Great White Pelicans.

Arrived at Kogatenge Airport @Serengeti where we were met by our guide, Elly, from Legendary Expedition Camp.

On our way to camp, spotted a lone Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture.

Serengeti is a paradise for Wildebeest and many other wildlife.

Safety in numbers for Wildebeest.

Female Wildebeest with her calf born this spring.

Another female Wildebeest with her calf.

Need ID for this pair!

Wildebeest calf stayed close to the mother for protection and milk.

Many more female Wildebeest with their calves.

Close up head shot of a Wildebeest.

Staying among tall weeds is dangerous for the Wildebeest as lions can stalk up on them under the camouflage of the tall weeds.

Zebras are second most common after the Wildebeest in Serengeti, and they live happily together with the Wildebeest. Was told Wildebeest can only eat those short grasses and needed zebras to clear those tall grass and weeds.

Nice solid and round BUM!

Always alert as Wildebeest and Zebras are lions usual preys.

Secretary Bird

Secretary Bird

Guests’ tents were spread far apart giving adequate privacy. There was no fence around the camp, so had to be cautious moving around at night.

Open air comfortable resting and waiting area.

The dining tent where buffet meals were served.

Solid dining table even for a mobile camp. A bar with free flow of beer, wine and spirit for guests.

Another view of the dining tent.

Our tent where we spent 3 nights. Very luxurious for a mobile camp. Completed with super king size bed, rain shower with water fed from a hoisted up bucket, a modern sanitary fitting though water had to be manually refilled, and a portable vanity top with basin and mirror.

There were 9 guest’s tents at Legendary camp. I was told by our SG guide that they had to book the entire camp regardless of the number of guests as they do not share among different groups.

This is a huge tent considering that it was twin sharing only.

Rear view of the unit that I occupied for 3 nights. Notice the bucket at the side of the tent? Here is where they refill hot water for shower at guest’s request regardless of time. On the day we went for hot air balloon flight, we had hot water readied at 3:30am! Fantastic service.

Lilac-breasted Roller

Very well camouflaged among the tall weeds.

More lioness among the bushes.

Never ever venture into the bushes in lion territories.

Don’t be deceived by their laziness.

Their canines are long and sharp!

Waiting in ambush.

Peeping through the bushes.

More lioness all over the rocks.

So so boring all these tourist here!

Lion spends most of its time resting in the hot day.

Or perch on rock watching the distant preys.

Let the sleeping cat lies.

Spotted only lioness, no Lion King yet.

Here was another female just watching the day went by.

While searching for other lion pride, spotted this lone Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture.

Klipspringer

A male Klipspringer.

A female Klipspringer.

Ready to spring off from the rock.

Springing off Klipspringer.

Spotted these 4 lioness from another pride at a different location not far from the other pride. Again, no male spotted.

Waiting from sun to set to go hunting. We did witness them went after a herd of Wildebeest and a lone buffalo but without success. Due to the distance and failing light, didn’t managed to capture those exciting moments.

The rock farm where lions like to rest during the day.

Handheld shot of sunset on the way back to camp.

First sunset in Serengeti National Park.

13 July 2014 – Day 2/8 Safari@Tanzania

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Woke up early for breakfast at 7am before going on a full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. This spectacular collapsed volcanic crater is a truly remarkable area with the densest game population in Africa on its crater floor. However, it was very dusty due to the arid environment. The following photos show the animals spotted here. This was our very first game drive and it was spectacular and exciting, and we left the park for our lodge only at around 4pm.

At the entrance to Ngorongoro National Park.

Waiting for entry permit to Ngorongoro National Park.

Fellow members on the same jeep.

Happy pose for the start of our very 1st game drive.

This baboon is the first animal we saw on this safari trip.

On our way to Ngorongoro crater floor.

A stop for an aerial view of Ngorongoro crater.

Aerial view of Ngorongoro crater.

Another pose before heading down to the crater floor where most of the games were.

Zebras that come close to the jeep.

Zebra is the second most mammals after the wildebeest on the crater floor.

Game drive round the crater floor.

Very fortunate to spot 2 rhinoceros but they were quite far away. Was told there were around 12 of them living in the crater. This uncropped shot was taken with Canon 70-200f2.8 with a 2xTC on a Canon 7D.

Herd of Buffaloes spotted on the crater floor.

Stopped by the lake on the crater floor for lunch.

A pose by the lake full of hippos.

More jeeps brought their guests here for lunch break.

Me and my ride.

My travel companion posing on the 4×4 jeep.

4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser from Legendary Expedition.

Ostriches

Ostriches

Zebras

The terrain going down to the crater floor.

Traveling partner.

Busy capturing all those amazing moments.

Another serious shooter in the group.

Our Singaporean guide, Andy.

Cactus that grow like tree here.

Some serious shooting.

Baboon littered all over the slope.

One of 2 other jeeps traveling with us.

Warthogs.

Our friends from Hong Kong, a couple and a family of 4.

Wildebeest, a ugly looking beast!

Wildebeest, member of the antelope family but looked more like a cow.

Thomson’s Gazelle.

Some of these big animals are not shy of tourists.

Up close with a zebra.

Closeup head shot.

Another head shot up close.

More wildebeest.

Grey Crowned Crane

Denhem’s Bustard

Saw the same rhinoceros again.

Resting buffaloes.

Grant’s Gazelle

The very first lion spotted on this trip and the only one spotted in Ngorongoro crater, and it’s sleeping in the bush. So disappointing and we were worried that this was how we could see the lions.

Closeup shot of a buffalo.

The buffaloes shying away.

A bull buffalo turn around and stared at us.

Few ostriches spotted at a distant.

More buffaloes.

A warthog at close range.

Due to its short neck, warthog kneels on its front legs to feed on roots.

Hippos cooling off in the lake during the hot afternoon.

As the water was shallow, the hippos rolled over to cool their back probably to prevent sunburn.

Amazing numbers of weaver bird nests on just a single tree.

Superb Starling

Rufous-tailed Weaver

Rufous-tailed Weaver

A pose with the Hippos.

Curious hippos peeping at the tourists gathered at the lake for lunch.

Zebras

A lone Spotted Hyena.

The lone Hyena wondered close to the Wildebeest but it wouldn’t stand any chance for a kill.

The first elephant spotted and again like the rhinoceros was at a distant. Other than the more common animals like wildebeest, zebra and buffaloes that came close, our luck at Ngorongoro was just in spotting a hyena.

Many baboons hanging around at the entrance/exit to Ngorongoro National Park.

Having a fight.