Monday, 3 December 2012

The Serengeti: Our Last Day, February 2012

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…

The Missus.

With our Masaai guide, Nboi.

8 comments:

My Life in Blog Years said...

look at that huge lens you have there, no wonder you have such amazing photographs.

Sheila and Bob said...

Wonderful Post enjoyed it all.

Berts Blog said...

So absolutely wonderful. What a great time you must have had. I can't beleive you were able to see both the cheetah and her babies and the Striped Hyena.

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and your experience.

Hope there is more to come
Bert

Mitch and Molly said...

Your photos are just beautiful! Cheetahs sure do have the longest legs!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Sam said...

I've really enjoyed looking at all of your photos.

Sam

ladyfi said...

Fabulous shots. Love that lone tree in the last shot.

Scout and Freyja said...

My ♥ belongs to Africa. I am praying that I make the journey there next fall.

scotsmad said...

Hi Homer, Thanks for stopping by our blog. We love meeting new dogs and you've had such an interesting life. We've only lived in the same house in Australia.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy