The post could be titled a) Hippos!, b) Big Cats, c) Close Encounters of the Elephant Kind, or d) Furry Friends.
But let's go back to our accommodation first.
We stayed at the Ikoma Tented Camp.
view from our tent verandah
lining up for a hearty cooked breakfast before the day begins
I have never seen so many hippos in all my life. The air was full of grunting noises and the swishing of tails through the water, with the occasional jostling for space.
a river of hippo poo
picnic ground near the hippo pool
another danger lurking in the river
There was a lot of controlled burning going on in the Serengeti to encourage new grass growth.
Then we saw leopards!! Amazing. A mother with two cubs. I didn't actually see the mother, just her tail swishing above the grass.
And then we came across lions. Lots of them. I think we saw about 20 altogether.
We even saw the stalking and taking down of a warthog. It was incredible to watch how the pride all knew what was going on, and continued a slow advance on the unsuspecting creature even though there were heaps of safari cars watching.
One of our cars had a very close encounter with a bull elephant that came so close to it that its tusks were inches away from the driver. Tom said he could have touched him.
Lunch was eaten at the Serengeti Visitors Centre, and we had lots of company. Lots of brash, furry hyrax.
Ben with an elephant skull
A painting showing the work of those who maintain the Serengeti National Park.
The scavengers of the plains - Marabou stork and vultures.