SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
This is the final installment of web pages covering our trip to Africa in March of 2019, and it has taken us about a year to finish it all. If this seems like a lot of time (and photographs) to you, then know that it seems like a lot to us too! But bear in mind that this might be the biggest photo adventure we will ever take. It is certainly the biggest photo trip we have taken so far. So we now wrap up our grand adventure with images and videos from the last stage of our photo safari -- Serengeti National Park.
The Serengeti is a really huge grassy plain, with little else except for the occasional tree or rocky outcropping (known as Kopjes). The Serengeti region is about 12,000 square miles -- almost 10 times the state of Rhode Island. The Serengeti National Park is only about 5700 square miles -- about 4.7 times the size of Rhode Island. It's a really really big grassy plain. In fact, the name is derived from the Maasai language and means "endless plains."
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Any cat in a tree was an instant draw, for us and any other passing jeep of tourists...
The video above was the only non-phone video that Mike took during this leg of the trip. This was taken using the Nikon D850 and the 500mm lens.
The kopjes are another big draw. They are beautiful and often have wildlife.
We came across a lioness with 2 small cubs and one older cub. She walked around the safari vehicle without a care, showing just how habituated they are to the vehicles. We were very careful not to make noise or distract her in any way.
We stayed in tents.
The video above was taken on Mike's iPhone just as we were wrapping up our breakfast stop for the day.
Lunch sitting down was a rare event.
The next morning we headed out before sunrise (again) to see what we could see...
Sunrise was beautiful, nearly every morning we would watch the sun crest over the horizon as we headed out to a Kopje. It was hard keeping the iPhone still on the bumpy road but the newer phone with the stabilization helped.
I snagged this iPhone video of a group of Hartebeest as we drove by. If we stopped they would have quickly run off.
We took some time out of the day to drive up to Seronera to get a new spare tire. We hoped to have a good sighting of a leopard in a tree along the way. We actually did spot one, but it wasn't a great shot and we couldn't hang around.
Before getting to "town", we came across this little elephant (above) that was getting his scratch on. Phone video from Mike.
On the way back from town we had a little stork escort. Phone video above from Mike.
The Flehmen response takes place when one lion, of either sex, sniffs and smells the urine of another. ... Usually, after smelling the urine patch on the ground or vegetation, the cat that is doing the smelling will lift his or her head, and hold their lips back in a strong grimace for a period of several seconds (from GrantAtkinson.com).
You have to start early if you want to get in 100 sessions in the day...
Wildebeest make such a funny noise as they walk along. This large mixed herd of zebra and wildebeest stopped for a drink at the waterhole and just kept moving. You can hear how windy it was as well.
Jim & Hali Sowle