I had been feeling a little flu like , with a slight temprature on the way to the airport  and while we drove up the escarpment my left arm had lost alot of motion and felt limp with no power , so while waiting for the plane I got google up and my malaria test kit out  to try and figure out what was going on .

 

First test negative , good next test to be done 8 hours time.

First test negative , good next test to be done 8 hours time.

The test proved negative and after much prodding and poking , I figured that I might have pinched a nerve , so the anti inflammatory’s would be the answer while on safari  . The caravan touched down  spot on  target and time and within minutes I found  myself and fellow passenger’s  been dragged through the air by this single prop plane .

 

The airstrip

The airstrip

 

Two pilots one prop

Two pilots one prop

The flight is only around 40 minuets and takes you over the Ngorongoro crater and the wide open plains of the Serengeti to land at the Seronera airstrip to start what was to be an experience beyond all expectation.

 

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

 

One prop

One prop

I was collected by Zephania my safari guide in the national car of Tanzania , the land cruiser and off we set straight into the rain for our game drive before we set course for  camp.

 

Zephania navigating the storm.

Zephania navigating the storm.

Zeph was very excited by the rain as this is what brings the migration . All that is required by the Wildebeest and Zebra to pick up and move are the rains and the promise of fresh , crisp new grass  , so Zeph was hoping we would get the big herds into the central Serengeti by morning or the day after , I could not believe my luck , the only person in the camp and the possibility of witnessing a wonder of the wildlife world .

 

Picture perfect , the Serengeti

Picture perfect , the Serengeti

We drove in the rain for a short while and then  the sun returned , I settled in , to enjoy the drive along the river  and what a drive it was , the Serengeti leaves you speechless from the get go and keeps you that way for your entire stay.

 

Over a 100 Hippo enjoying no personal space.

Over a 100 Hippo enjoying no personal space.

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Spot the croc

Spot the croc

The game came thick and fast Giraffe , gazelle , elephants , impala , hippo’s and all looking so healthy , coats gleaming , belly’s bulging , we were driving through the land of plenty , every turn of the head found something wild .

 

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The sun was setting and so we decided to make our way back to camp , we travelled for a short distance and about 15 kilometres from camp we started seeing the herds of Wildebeest scatterd over the plains and the closer to home we got the deeper we drove into the herd , until all around us the sight and sounds of Wildebeest as far as the eye could see , I was totally amazed , the sheer number , the noise of the males herding their females and trying desperately to steal females from other males when they roamed a little way out of the circle of love. So we sat in wonder , Zeph informing me that this was just the beginging . I could not believe my eyes.

 

Just the begining

Just the begining

 

We drove into camp where I was welcomed by Cliff , Husein , Peter and Julias , a hot shower was prepared for me so that I could be fresh and settled to enjoy the sunset before dinner.

 

My new home , in the middle of the Serengeti , wild and wonderful.

My new home , in the middle of the Serengeti , wild and wonderful.

 

My first ever sunset over the magical Serengeti

My first ever sunset over the magical Serengeti

From the second one lands on those plains you feel the magic of the Serengeti , You feel you have entered the birthplace of the wild , it took my African soul and my eyes and filled them both with a sense of wonder and serenity . Surprisingly it is not the game that does this , it is  the landscape , the sheer beauty and power of the land gets you first , the game just a additional spectacle to marvel. The rain came and went so Husein set up dinner in a tent mess and so I sat down to a meal with Cliff surrounded by only darkness and natures surround sound my music , I took a deep breath to settle my excitement , enjoyed dinner and waited for Zeph to pop down so we could plan our first full day out.

We had finished dinner , Zeph and I in agreement about  our next days activities , so off to bed it was , Cliff offered to walk me to the tent , we stood up , I was about to say don’t worry , and in an instant the tourch light found a lion and lioness in the grass not 30 m away , all I recall was the roar of the male , my dive into the tent and Zeph in unison with Cliff shouting Michael don’t run , just like that it was over the lions moved off , my heart returned to its rightful place in my chest , and I gladly accepted the protective detail back to the tent.

Cliff was instructing me  as we walked , Michael don’t leave your tent at night and various other warnings and bush survival techniques , all I held in my mind was the sound that male made and those huge shiny golden eyes . Cliff was safe in the fact that I would not leave the tent even in a veld fire or any other major catastrophe . Further discussion revealed that two males , brothers and a female had taken up residence in the camp and on most nights slept but a few meters from Cliff’s tent , they seemed to have a reciprocal relationship , one of Cliff does not bother them and they don’t bother Cliff.

So began my first night in the Serengeti , sleep not immediate but once my mind settled and the lions roars wondered off into the distance my eyes closed only to be stirred now and again by animals grazing outside my tent or the odd hippo whispering by.

After breakfast our lunches packed we set off for a day filled with sighting after sighting that just got better with every hour , six lion sightings in total , elephant , buffalo , hyena and more and more plains game arriving to graze on the crisp fresh grass . A  total gluttony of game on the Serengeti a never ending feast for all both human , predator and prey .

 

And so they came

And so they came

 

And so they waited

And so they waited

 

And so they watched

And so they watched

 

And so hard they worked

And so hard they worked

 

And so they followed

And so they followed

 

And so they fought

And so they fought

 

And so they roamed

And so they roamed

And so they lived

And so they lived

 

And so they relaxed

And so they relaxed

 

And relaxed

And relaxed

 

And relaxed

And relaxed

 

And slept

And slept

 

And kept watch

And kept watch

 

And grazed oblivious to death napping under a tree

And grazed oblivious to death napping under a tree

 

And they group to survive

And they group to survive

It wold take the pen of Shakespeare to do justice to the magnitude and magnificence of this place , some sights so beautiful you don’t pick up the camera because the distraction is just to much , your mind is capable of  only processing the assurance that reminds  your eyes that what you see is real and true . Just speechless.

 

And so I sat , tried to absorb the essence of this place , because it is  just to much for your eyes alone.

And so I sat , tried to absorb the essence of this place , because it is just to much for your eyes alone.

 

Sunset slipped in and I sat trying to put to pen what I had experienced , felt and had seen that day , after much thought the keyboard untouched I sat and waited for the darkness and the stars to arrive , could they help ? Did it take the moon , the night and  the stars to find the words.

 

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So Zeph and I had dinner , waited for Cliff’s lions to make their presence known  and just as the previous night , as we finished dinner they roared into camp.  I hope to find the words while I dream.

Until we meet again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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