Central Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - November 22 - 25, 2017

 

After four nights at the beautiful Lake Ndutu Safari Lodge we headed north into the Serengeti National Park leaving the wooded savanna behind for the short grass and virtually plains of the southern Serengeti. We passed hundreds of wildebeest and zebra migrating from one area to another. Our guides explained that the migration is always taking place with many of the animals migrating locally rather than joining the "great migration" from the Massai Mara in Kenya to the southern Serengeti and return. After crossing many kilometers of short grass we entered a band of wooded savanna where the Tsetse fly is prevalent. We tried not to stop in this area but as luck would have it rains from the previous night turned the roads in muck. This species of the Tsetse fly was bothersome and did bite, but did not carry any of the diseases other Tsetse fly species are known for. We noted that around any sort of structure or camp blue flags or panels hung from the trees and shrubs. The guides explained the deep blue color attracted and
trapped the flies.

Once out of the Tsetse fly zone we arrived at the Moru Kopjes where lions can often be found resting and watching from the top of the rocks. A Kopje is a rocky outcrop emerging from a flat plain. The word is from Afrikaans, a variation of Dutch spoken in South Africa. From a distance we did see a few lions as we passed through the area. Because of the recent rains the roads (tracks) were muddy making passage slow and difficult. One of our vehicles got stuck and had to be pulled out of the muck. We stopped for lunch at Gong Rock - a lithophone, where musical tones are derived by striking it with harder rocks.

We finally reached our one night destination about 1700 hours. The next morning with box
lunches in hand we continued on to Kubukubu Tented Lodge (see their website) for two nights. We spent the days exploring the long grass plains of the central Serengeti. Lions, hippos, birds, as well as wildebeest and zebra were found in great numbers. We had rain and thunder every night on the central Serengeti with warm days and sunny mornings with clouds building late in the afternoon. The last night at Kubukubu we watched as storms built over Lake Victoria to the west and the Massai Mara to north before they unleashed their fury on us after dark.

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