Photo Journey through the Serengeti

I’m going to be absolutely honest, and it might be slightly controversial but, going on safari was never high on my list of travel must do’s. I don’t know why but it just never pulled or grabbed me. Trekking to see gorillas did and that is what took me to Africa. But I figured you couldn’t go to Africa without going on safari. Safari in the Serengeti completely changed my mind! To see why join me on a photo journey through the Serengeti to see how incredible safari is.
Photo Journey through the Serengeti

Photo Journey through the Serengeti

The Serengeti is one of THE greatest wildernesses on the planet. Vast, endless plains of savannah in Tanzania’s north that is home to lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, rhinos and of so many more African animals. This is the Africa you picture and imagine. It’s no wonder the Serengeti is UNESCO world-heritage listed.
My photo journey of the Serengeti is on order of my actual safari so the incredibleness of it all can unfold for you like it did for me.   Oh, and I was in the Serengeti for three days so there are a LOT of photos!!

Day One

To reach the Serengeti National Park’s gates you first cross one of the roughest roads I’ve ever travelled on, which according to our driver was in better condition that it usually is!
Entering the Serengeti

Entering the Serengeti

Along the road stretched a long convoy of safari jeeps. I thought of it as the Serengeti highway.
First animal spotting – ostrich!!
Ostrich

Ostrich

I don’t know why but it had never occurred to me I’d see ostriches and whilst I’ve seen a few emus in my time being Aussie The ostriches were still amazing to see. That huge body of feathers and highlights of pink – wow!
Then beneath a tree amongst the grass…..
Cheetah!!

Cheetah!!

Cheetah resting under a tree

Cheetah resting under a tree

Beautiful cheetah

So beautiful

And then a little further into the park……can you see them?
A large pride of lions

A large pride of lions

So many lions!!

So many lions!!

It's tough being a lion

It’s tough being a lion

Lioness rolling around enjoying the sunshine

Lioness rolling around enjoying the sunshine

And on the other side of the jeep…..
More lions

More lions

Sleeping lioness

Sleeping lioness

Then there were a few zebras! Zebras really are extraordinary animals

Then there were a few zebras! Zebras really are extraordinary animals

Then another of the big give is spotted!
Buffalo

Buffalo – one of the big five!

Not long after our driver is on the radio and we take off at speed. Everyone in my jeep was buzzing with excitement as thought we must be trying to see something extra special.
If you look closely enough amongst the leaves is a leopard!

If you look closely enough amongst the leaves is a leopard!

Yay!! Leopard!! Knowing how elusive the leopard is, how beautiful they are and that they are one of the big five this was the animal I most wanted to see. Happy, happy, happy!!
Graceful giraffes

Graceful giraffes

Elephant

We’d seen plenty of elephants at Lake Manyara National Park but they still brought us to a standstill

As day one came to an end stunning light spilled across the endless plains. So beautiful and oh so amazing!
The most beautiful light as day one of safari comes to a close

The most beautiful light as day one of safari comes to a close

The most beautiful light as day one of safari comes to a close

How incredible is this light?!?

The day was finished with a typical African sunrise. What a day!!
A typical African sunset

A typical African sunset

Day Two

Day two started with a beautiful sunrise over our campsite.
Sunrise over our campsite in the Serengeti

Sunrise over our campsite in the Serengeti

Sunrise in the Serengeti

Sunrise in the Serengeti

The evening before, while we sat around our campfire, our guide asked us what animal each of us most wanted to see. Spotting a male lion was high on most of our lists, including mine.
As we bumped across the first road with the golden morning light falling across the vast grassy plains our excitement levels were high. We eagerly looked amongst the grass and odd tree or two for any kind of animal.
And then emerging from the long grass….
A male lion!!

A male lion!!

And then another male lion - woohoo!!

And then another male lion – woohoo!!

Lioness near jeeps

You sometimes end up very close to the animals whilst on safari

Lilac breasted roller

Lilac breasted roller – so, so beautiful

The very definition of majestic, and yes this a different male lion

The very definition of majestic, and yes this a different male lion

Traffic jam trying to watch lions hunting

Traffic jam trying to watch lions hunting

King of the Jungle!! Yet another male lion!!

King of the Jungle!! Yet another male lion!!

Our first hyena spotting

Our first hyena spotting

A giraffe with zebras - seriously amazing

A giraffe with zebras – seriously amazing

And nearby we heard some strange noises coming from the long dry grass.
Hyenas and lions fighting over a kill

Hyenas and lions fighting over a kill – hard to see because of the distance but seriously wow!!

This hyena thought this was the perfect resting place

This hyena thought this was the perfect resting place

Hyena trying to get to the marrow of a gazelles horns

Hyena trying to get to the marrow of a gazelles horns

If this isn't a typical African scene I don't know what is

If this isn’t a typical African scene I don’t know what is

Soon we were speeding across the dusty roads again. What would we see this time!!
An endangered black rhino!!

An endangered black rhino!!

OMG!! An endangered black rhino!! In fact rhinos are critically endangered and it’s unusual to see a black rhino in the Serengeti. This was seriously special and we were soon in for another treat.
Another leopard!!

Another leopard!!

Another leopard and this time quite a lot easier to see. And as the day continued we continued to see more incredible animals. Including a beautiful lioness who got so close her beautiful details.
Lioness

Lioness

What a beauty

What a beauty

Paws!!

Paws

Warthogs are some of the funniest animals in Africa

Warthogs are some of the funniest animals in Africa

A huge family of elephants

A huge family of elephants

And there was lots of little elephants

And there was lots of little elephants

Giraffes

Giraffes

Just a bit further down the road we were extremely lucky to come across a leopard on the ground! The beautiful leopard’s coat blending in seamlessly into the own grass.
Wow!! A leopard on the ground

Wow!! A leopard on the ground

Stalking leopard

Stalking leopard

No luck hunting for this leopard

No luck hunting for this leopard

And then……….another leopard!! Woah, that’s four in one day. Seriously lucky.
Yes, another leopard!! That's FOUR in one day!!

Yes, another leopard!! That’s FOUR in one day!!

Sleek, stunning and sim beautiful. This leopard took my breath away

Sleek, stunning and sim beautiful. This leopard took my breath away

Day two was absolutely  amazing with a constant incredible animal spotting. I felt extremely lucky and the day ended with another beautiful African sunset. Perfect!!
African sunset

African sunset

Day Three

Day three started as a cracker! Two cheetah brothers making their way through the savannah.
Cheetah brothers

Cheetah brothers

Up close and personal with a cheetah

Up close and personal with a cheetah

Cheetah on the lookout

Cheetah on the lookout

And then the cheetahs stopped and looked back the way they’d come. The two cheetahs were on high alert and it turned out for good reason!
Lion approaching

Lion approaching

Following from where the two cheetahs had come from was a male lion. And his path and that of the cheetahs was to pass right by our jeep.
Male lion following two cheetahs

Male lion following two cheetahs

This male lion was simply beautiful, stunning and of so incredible!!

This male lion was simply beautiful, stunning and of so incredible!!

The male lion got closer and closer to the jeeps

The male lion got closer and closer to the jeeps

Then the male lion continued into the grass, the same way the cheetahs had gone

Then the male lion continued into the grass, the same way the cheetahs had gone

Soon the cheetahs had stopped and there was this insane stand-off between them and the male lion who had been following them. In the end it was all show but wow, what a show!
Cheetah and male lion stand-off

Cheetah and male lion stand-off

Graceful gazelle

Graceful gazelle

After the lion and cheetah stand-off we drove on the dusty, dry roads for quite a while without spotting anything. But after a lot of searching we got lucky near some waterholes First with some hippos!! I love how hippos family all clump together.
Such a big hippo family

Such a big hippo family

These hippos look pretty relaxed with each other, lol

These hippos look pretty relaxed with each other, lol

And a little further along the water hole we came across a group of young lions.
Young lions

Young lions

The lions were being tempted by a warthog who kept on trying to approach the waterhole but sensing danger kept backing off. But then the need for water would drive the warthog back towards the waterhole before he’d retreat again. This went on a few times and we wondered if the warthog would get close enough for the lions to try for a kill. But no, the warthog was smarter than we gave it credit for.
Lions being teased by a warthog

Lions being teased by a warthog

Those eyes!! A beautiful juvenile lion

Those eyes!! A beautiful juvenile lion

How many lions can you see?

How many lions can you see?

Seeing this huge pride of lions and the interaction with warthog was incredible way to finish safari in the Serengeti. But before we left for the day and for good we saw a huge number of buffalo. Wonderful.
So many buffalo

So many buffalo

Buffalo

Buffalo

And with that my safari was over. I hope you enjoyed coming along a photo journey through the Serengeti. I’d love to hear your comments and your experiences of safari.

Practical Information

I went on safari through the Serengeti with G Adventures at my own cost. For full details of the trip of the G Adventures trip I went on check out https://www.gadventures.com/trips/tanzania-camping-adventure/4372/itinerary/
I used the north Tanzanian town of Arusha as a base for the trip and stayed at Outpost Lodge, a comfortable place to stay in the leafy eastern part of Arusha.
For a lazy afternoon I enjoyed hanging out in the gardens of Blue Heron.
My experience was the internet was extremely poor in Arusha and when I returned from safari internet wasn’t working at all.

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Photo Journey through the Serengeti

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