Thursday, July 24, 2008

Africa #7: Serengeti Part II

Eagle On Branch, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Actually, not much new to report here. We spent from 8 am until 4 pm on a full day of driving around the Serengeti both on- and off-road. (Actually, as pointed out elsewhere, there isn't quite the differentiation here this term usually implies.) Plenty of the usual suspects – baboons, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, hippos, giraffes, etc. – plus we saw eland, hyenas, foxes, eagles and an owl (asleep, since it was still day time). There was also evidence of a leopard being in the area when our guide spotted the remains of some impala-ish kind of animal stuck up in a tree.

Pleasant enough day, and a chance to get down-and-close with the Serengeti, but a bit disappointing that we didn’t find any of the big cats, elephants or some of the other more "exciting" of the beasties out here. Still, just goes to remind us that this is a national park and not a zoo. ‘Nuff said.

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