|Baglafecht weaver in Karatu|
Saturday, 28 December 2013
Friday, 27 December 2013
|Cheetah and cubs|
Thursday, 26 December 2013
|The pride on the Serengeti plains|
Our last full day in the Serengeti, and we were determined to find the lions from the previous day. Stopping only to get a few shots of the Serengeti sunrise, we headed straight to where we’d seen the lions the previous evening. Of course, they had disappeared, so we slowly started driving in each direction to try and pick up their tracks. We did eventually find spoor, but they weren’t nearby.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
|It's rare to see something good on your own, but we were lucky|
It was an early start on Christmas day, but we were soon rewarded near the campsite by 4 male lions chilling on a rock watching the sun come up. We decided to head to where the leopards had been sighted the previous day and were amazed to find the young leopard still there! He was on a different tree, but only about 30 meters from where we’d seen him in the evening.
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
|Watching us carefully|
Since we had gone west the previous day, we decided to head in the opposite direction in the morning. We were looking for the big pride that we’d seen the first day, so decided to head for Maasai Koppies. The early morning drive didn’t find them, although we did come across a nice big male lion sitting on the side of the road. We decided to spend our coffee break with him, and he soon got up and joined his brother, whom we hadn’t even seen hidden in the scrub sleeping.
Monday, 23 December 2013
|Lion cub in tree|
We decided to head straight to Moru Koppies in the morning, because we’d heard that there was a massive herd of wildebeest that were moving through the area chasing the rain. Because it wasn’t on the plains, we may have better luck photographing them as they’d all be close together.
Saturday, 21 December 2013
|Sunrise in the Serengeti|
A few months before Christmas we were trying to decide where to go for the Christmas break. We weren’t even sure how much leave we would be getting, so bounced around a few places, including Selous,Mikumi, Gombe and Kenya… we didn’t really consider Serengeti because it was the middle of the short rain season, and we’d been there quite a few times before…
Saturday, 7 December 2013
|Elephants walking in single file|
Sunday, 13 October 2013
|Through the lion's eye|
Sunday, 11 August 2013
Our final morning was planned to see if we could catch the hyenas again. Unfortunately it was not to be and after hanging out and around at the den for a while, we gave up and went to check out what else was around.
Saturday, 10 August 2013
|Lion and lioness|
Again we were up at at the gate by opening time the next morning. We planned to see if we could find the mating lions, so headed to where we'd seen the pride of males the evening before.
Friday, 9 August 2013
We were the first in the park the next morning, and with no paperwork to be done other than it being checked, we were straight in for our first full game drive of our trip. Our plan was to head on the main road straight to Lake Manze to catch the lions with their buffalo kill.
Thursday, 8 August 2013
Saturday, 20 July 2013
We've always said that we'd go visit Sri Lanka. For me it would be my 1st trip to Dru's homeland. But it took us 8 years before we finally booked our tickets. But finally on 3rd July, I climbed on a plane from Tanzania, met up with Dru in Dubai, and then flew the remaining 3,5 hours to Colombo.
The timing of trip couldn't have been better, as Dru's brother and sister-in-law were also visiting the folks, so we decided to do a mini tour of Sri Lanka. Because Dru & I were only there for just over 2 weeks (what a pity work restricts holidays!) we weren't going to see all of the island at once (got to leave something for the next time...) so the itinerary planned was a nice mix of city, sea and mountain.
After a few days in Colombo, we hired a minivan and headed to Yala National Park for a few days, so famed for its leopards. Then we visited Arugambay and checked out the beach which is so popular with tourists nowadays.
After the beach, we drove to Nuwara Eliya. At about 6000 ft, it was some of the highest areas in Sri Lanka, with its famous tea plantations. Then it was down to about 2500 ft to Matale where we relaxed for a few days before heading back to Colombo and home to Tanzania.
The whole trip was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The main photos were just snapshots of family and friends, but I've added a couple of posts from our trip around Sri Lanka:
Yala National Park
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
|The best braai spot in the world!|
Monday, 15 July 2013
Saturday, 13 July 2013
|The long stretches of beach at Arugambay|
From the wilds of Yala National Park, we headed to the relative peace of Arugambay. Near the town of Potuvil, Arumgambay is a coastal town on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Formerly behind enemy lines, nowadays it is a popular tourist destination for surfers from all over the world.
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
|Famed for leopards, Yala produced plenty for us!|
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Saturday, 27 April 2013
|The coalition of 3|
Monday, 1 April 2013
|A dazzle of zebra in Mikumi NP|
Friday, 1 March 2013
Next destination is the cooler hills of Lushoto. The drive from Moshi is an easy cruise to the town of Mombo where you turn right and climb up the hills to Soni. The climate cools down and the vegetation changes with every foot of the climb it seems.
Monday, 25 February 2013
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Ndutu was our next destination, still within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) and calving grounds of the annual wildebeest migrating. Once a year with the rains, Ndutu comes to life when the migrating herds stop to calve and feed on the nutrient rich grasses. Nudutu features a alkaline and fresh water lake, but the main attraction is the open plains packed with game.
Saturday, 23 February 2013
|Crater floor from the rim|
Back in Moshi the next day to hook up with Makasa, (tour operator and very reliable local company), to check out the highlight of the trip. First stop was the Ngorongoro crater for lunch and a half day drive. Nothing can really compare to the view of the crater which is a fully intact caldera. From the crater rim, with a set of bins, you can pick out game on the crater floor.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
We had a couple of days planning and getting logistics ready for the road trip up north. The first part of the road trip would be on our own checking out some of the more accessible parks on the Northern circuit followed by a guided safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater and finally a couple of days in the hills of Lushoto.
Monday, 18 February 2013
|Zanzibar door - Indian trader|
Couple of days later we were off to Zanzibar for a couple of days staying at Stone Town. Even for an experienced traveler Zanzibar offers something unique. Stone Town is a maze of narrow alleys with a variety of shops selling just about anything but one of the interesting aspects is the locals going about their everyday activities in this place like no other.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
|Essential planing tools|
Tanzania offers a wide range of attractions from wildlife to beaches to fishing and diving and mountain climbing. Amongst the many choices to explore, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar are a must do for first time visitors.