Okay. Where were we? Yes, in the Fun Bus navigating the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorogoro Crater. We spent most of each day in the jeeps (6-7 hours), eating boxed lunches on the go and seeing animals, animals, animals!
Let’s keep the words to a minimum and jump right in with what you really came to see: animal photos! These are from both parks.
I’d say gazelles were our most plentiful sightings. Yes, there were plenty of wildebeests and zebras, but so many gazelles and antelopes – Thompson’s, Grant’s…
Yes, indeed you CAN find an ‘I Heart Warthogs’ bumper sticker in the Ngorogoro gift shop.
These guys flock to the entrance to the parks and were common right along the road. Photos from less than 5ft away! This shot is one of Aaron’s faves of the entire safari.
So rare, we’ve only seen rhinos in the far distance and only in the Crater.
I think we counted 28 giraffes in this group!
Wouldn’t be an African safari with zebras!
Check out this guy’s hillarious jaunty walk! Never seen anything like it! He’d do pretty well with the Ministry of Silly Walks.
Saw a whole family of these little fellows. So cute! Impressive watching those bat ears swivel as they listened for predators on the move.
The surprising thing to us about the hyenas were how much they moved like bears. Sort of assume they’d move like dogs, but nope. Lumbering like bears.
Last time we saw hundreds of thousands of wildebeests; this time maybe only thousands? Still a lot!
His own lunch on the go.
Dang baby elephants are photogenic!
And this section is for our bird-loving Aunt Casey – sorry we don’t know the names of them all – our guides told us, but there were so many!!!
Whew! Over did it again with too many photos, didn’t we? We just have so much to share. This is only a tiny fraction of the birds and animals we saw and this post is already too long. Just believe us when we say it was jaw-dropping.
Next up, a bit about our guides and we head to Ruaha National Park in the south for the conclusion of our safari. Plus, more on Gombe National Park and a visit to a soap making “factory”. Stay tuned!
A note: We tried very hard to keep all the photos straight but there’s a chance we posted something from Ruaha in this section. If so, we’ll just say oops and be okay with it.