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Tanzania safari report (abbreviated) Jan 09

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Ok. I am sitting at my hotel in Dar Es Salaam at the moment, because our KLM flight departing JRO last night had an equipment failure while getting refueld in Dar. After sitting on the tarmac for more than 5 hours, they took us off and we grabbed our bags and got hotel vouchers. Frustrating experience, as we didn't get to our hotel until 7am this morning. And apparently the plane is getting fixed and they are picking us up from the hotel at 4:30 *tomorrow* morning. Which means I have no connecting flights left for the day to the US, so I have to spend the night in Amsterdam. GRRRR.

Anyway......

I spent a tad less than 3 weeks out on safari, split between Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. All locations we had fantastic wildlife viewing.

The Serengeti turned out to be my best 8 days ever spent in the park, as every game drive yielded portfolio quality images. In those 8 days I had 9 solid leopard sightings, and all were worthy of sharing the resulting images. And cheetahs and lions were excellent as well. The migration is fairly scattered around, with pockets near Naabi Hill, between Moru Kopjes and Seronera, and some reported to be in Maswa G.R. There are tommies and green green grass east of the Masai Kopjes and around vilima saba (7 hills) slightly to the south. There have been daily rains in the Serengeti, as well as at the crater, but they only started about halfway into my trip. So a little dust at the beginning and then green grass after that.

We saw a brand new baby elephant 2 days ago at Lake Manyara, and we were able to see his/her first suckling for milk. It was a moving experience, for sure.

This is just a very brief posting, as the wifi signal here at the hotel is being sucked dry by all of us from the cancelled flight. Oh joy. Looking forward to going home to see my family.

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