Finally got wifi so I can update my blog. I have 3 days to share with you. I cant wait. I will post by each day so read all three.
Today’s blog is brought to you by lions.
What an amazing day.
We headed out early for a long very bumpy ride for about 2 hrs. Our guide, Ally, called it an”African massage”. I will definately need a real one when I get home. When I say bumpy, I think that does not describe it. Can’t upload the video. And this was the main road. The side roads (if you could call them roads) were full of ruts and bumps making it like riding a bucking bronco. Uncomfortable but harmless.
Once we got to the next stop we saw endless plains teeming with zebra, wildebeest and various antelope. Amazing number of animals.
They take part in the great migration thru Tanzania. The zebras usually lead as they have a keen memory of how to go and a good sense of direction. The wildebeest do not. Once they get to the river crossing (which takes place at another time of the year hence we did not experience it), the zebra stop and let the wildebeest cross the river first allowing the crocodiles to get their fill of wildebeest before the zebra pass thru. Pretty smart. Now the wildebeest don’t seem to smart. We saw a large herd that would suddenly start running across the road, only to stop and suddenly start running back to the other sid, forgetting that they had just been there. This repeated for quite some time. Here’s a photo cause I can’t upload a video.
Zebras often stand in pairs or groups each facing a different direction. That, along with their strips, serve to confuse the lions. Each zebra has a unique stripe pattern – no 2 are alike.
Warthogs, giraffe, Cape buffalo.
Baboon with baby on back
First sighting of a croc
We went a bit off road and got really close to some. Cheetah – a mom with her 3 cubs. Majestic. Unfortunately we did not get to see the cheetah run. That would have been spectacular.
Speaking of spectacular, Ally got a tip about some lions. We headed there and found a lioness having just finished eating a wildebeest. She was beautiful. Nearby 7 cubs with very full bellies were lying around digesting. So cute.
A short drive later we were in for a special treat. A male lion. But not just any ma,e lion, this one was in his honeymoon period. When a lion mates with a female they seclude themselves for 7 days with no food, only water. And copulate every 15-30 min. That’s so he can be sure the cubs are his and no other male could have gotten in. So lion was napping with his current mate. After a wait of about 20-30 min, he suddenly got up, woke his partner and copulated. Took about 10 seconds.
Wow. Hat an end to such an amazing day.
Headed to a new lodge. A bit more rustic but very pleasant.
Dinner was great now bed and an early day tomorrow.