February 2nd: Safari through Serengeti via Old Dupai Gorge

 

The sunrise at the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim was beautiful, ending a peaceful night of camping in a nice campground looking into the crater. The sounds of lions “talking” in the night were far enough away, and the warm “pies” left as calling cards between tents in the campground confirmed that several animals had been through the campground grazing on the.grass during the night.

The first stop after leaving camp heading west was Old Dupai Gorge where Mary Leakey discovered “Lucy” or Australopithecus. The ODG curator (Jackson) was very good and his lecture set the background for a visit to the actual site of discovery (pictured).

Christina Joseph takes notes as ODG curator Jakson explains the site where Mary Leaky discovered "Lucy."

Christina Joseph takes notes as ODG curator Jakson explains the site where Mary Leaky discovered “Lucy.”

Then heading west toward Musoma and Lake Victoria, we were submerged in the annual wildebeest migration, with a 360 degree view of nothing but the gnu as far as the horizon. Further into the Serengeti, the zebra migration was smaller but equally amazing, stretching for miles and miles. Viewing a cheetah, did-dirk, and Impala were highlights, but the pair of lions at the side of the road was exciting, especially when it brushed one of our cars of TDS volunteers!

Don't reach out and touch that cat! Matt Thurmaier and Ben Peterson try to snap a shot as this big boy brushes the car and heads into the grass.

Don’t reach out and touch that cat! Matt Thurmaier and Ben Peterson try to snap a shot as this big boy brushes the car and heads into the grass.

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One response to “February 2nd: Safari through Serengeti via Old Dupai Gorge”

  1. Amy D says:

    What a gift to be surrounded by these beautiful animals. Looking forward to hearing your tales of wonder.