I had enjoyed my time ‘chilling’ with the lions on the first day of our visit to the Serengeti. However, these were by no means the only predators we got to see during our stay.
It was a particular hope of mine that we would get to catch at least a glimpse of a cheetah. I was not to be disappointed.
Our first encounter was with a lone cheetah weaving through the tall dry grass of the savannah.
On our final day, we were lucky enough to witness two fantastic cheetah sightings. Firstly, we spotted a mother with four beautiful young cubs. They could have been no more than a few weeks old.
We also came across a coalition of three cheetah brothers prowling across the plain.
In addition to the cheetah sightings, during one particular game drive, we experienced a real treat. Unexpectedly, we came upon one of Africa’s more elusive creatures – the Striped Hyena. These are nocturnal animals and it is rare to spot them. Not only did we find an adult female in broad daylight, but we were thrilled to discover that she had a sole cub with her.
We spent at least an hour with these intriguing animals before moving to explore some other wonders of the wilderness.
|The beautiful savannah.|
It was all too soon time for us to leave the Serengeti and return to ‘reality’.
Over the past few weeks, I have posted a number of blogs chronicling my experiences in Botswana and Tanzania. I would like to dedicate all of these journals to the many great men and women who work tirelessly to preserve these wonderful environments and to protect their magnificent inhabitants.
I publish this posting having just returned from my latest ‘pilgrimage’ to Africa. More on this to follow…