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    Now living in Tanzania, we're 2 amateur photographers that need to work in the city to support our obsession with African wildlife and getting out into the bush :) Previously living and exploring the fantastic wilderness of Botswana, we're now based in Dar es Salaam and take every opportunity to pack up the car and head out to one of the fantastic national parks that Africa has to offer.
    Cheryl & Dru
  1. @@JulieM you're welcome, and just mail me if you have any questions.
  2. Hey JulieM, check out our blog for up to date info on Tanzanian parks and our self driving trip reports.
  3. A few encounters come to mind. The first is when a male lion decided to settle down on my side of a 3 man dome tent at Deception valley when camping with 3 mates. The lion then proceeded to raor at regular intervals for the rest of the night. When morning arrived he move a few yards down the road and sat around as if nothing happened. The next was a leaking tap in the Nxai pan camp site. This is when the authorities decided that massive slabs of concrete with the tap hidden in is the way to go. This was great as long as there was no leak as fixing the leak would never be easy. In this the tap was leaking and we had been warned that lions come to drink at night. This seemed exciting but what arrived that night was three huge bulls who took turns slurping water from the leaking tap. Took them an eternity to drink and the sound was unsettling but thankfully we were in a roof tent after the lion episode at Deception valley. The third was approaching a bull on the riverbed at Mgadikadi national park. This was when the river (Boteti?) never ran and the game drive trail was on the river bed. There was a bull just standing by a pumped waterhole but he looked awkward from the onset as he was totally motionless which is unusual for an elephant. It was decided we would move ahead and stop the car to check him out. The elephant continued to be still and without a warning charged and it was decided this was the real thing and head out. In the excitment I released the cluth too early the stalled the car in the thick sand. All I could see out of the passenger window was a tusk of the huge bull. Thankfully he backed off and the moment I started the car he was charging again but this time we were off with the big guy charging down the road.
  4. Not actually sure how rare this animal due to conflicting reports. Someone told me "they are like impala" in some areas but I am yet to find one. Been to both Mkomazi and Tarangire in Tanzania looking for these guys but no luck. If anyone knows the best place to catch them inTanzania please would you post. I gather Samburu and Tsavo are the best places in Kenya but please those in the know confirm.
  5. Loved the read and photos and detail. We were also in Tarangire at the same time and recognized the place you had a shot a two elephants crossing the road next a big rut on the road. We were camping the public camp site and had it all to ourselves for 3 nights. We got hit by a massive storm one night which made getting out of the camp a mission.
  6. One of Africa's rarest and special sightings I would say and we were lucky enough to have one a couple of weeks ago in Tarangiri (Tanzania). Near the camp site close to the gate it was just walking around. We could hardly beleive our eyes and we had really good sighting. A mate of mine saw one in Ruhaha (Tanzania) over the Chrismas weekend. I met 4 guides who virtually live in the Serengeti and only one had ever had a glimpse at a Pangolin.
  7. Felow tourist annoy me the most for a variety of reasons. I recently read a complain where a convoy arrived at Sundays pan in the CKGR and started a game of touch rugby - seriously why don't such people stay at home? I have also seen people drive accross prestine kalahari pans! A convoy playing loud music at Mabuasuhabe camp site - surely you can do this at home. The bush nights are about stars and night sounds and surely not music. The other day we were watching two female lions under a beautiful tree at Mkata dam in Mikumi and some chap sent off a drone. The younger lioness freaked and ran away and the older soon followed and they were gone.
  8. Every year if we can and we have for the last 10. When everyone else is getting ready for a new years party we are usually packing, fueling and cooking to leave at dawn on the 1st. After a frustrating 2015 including breaking timing belt on route to Ruhaha for Christmas, we settled for Mikumi on new years day to test the vehicle and get in to the bush in the new year. If the car is ok we plan to hit the Mara and Samburu later in the year fingers crossed.
  9. Hard to pinpont a single event but if I had to, it would have to be the Mara crossing in the Serengeti. We left Seronera after breakfast heading to Kogatenda through Lobo. With stops for lunch and numerous sightings of lion and cheetah, we reached the Mara River in the late afternoon. Within 30 minutes, we stumbled upon a huge gathering of wildebeest on the opposite bank...surely this was too good to be true. Well it was, as the whole herd suddenly started running down river and it was a mad dash down the river. As it turned out, the herd we were following caught up with an even bigger herd contemplating a crossing. Finally, around 4.30 in perfect sunlight, the massive herd started the crossing and we had front row seats to what is easily one of the greatest wildlife events.
  10. If I may take a wild guess at this topic, 608 is probably only in one of the Selous, Ruhaha or Serengeti eco systems. Have been in Tanzania for 5 years and the abundance of lions never ceases to amaze me. Even in a small park like Mikumi, and in a very small area, there are multiple prides of lions. I am presuming everyone is aware that mulitiple lion pride sightings on a single game drive can be a common thing in the Serengeti. The point is there appear to be healthy numbers of lions in all parks and a total of 608 appears way too low.
  11. Only caught up with this discussion now! Agreed with the sentiments raised by others - Yala can be a circus and very frustrating, however, it does offer some of the best leopard sightings with very relaxed leopards. 3 cubs surviving is another interesting occurrance in Yala. The best way to enjoy Yala is to stay inside the park but this is a difficult, if not impossible mission to organize from outside the country without local contacts. If I can't stay inside the park, I wouldn't bother with Yala. Next time, I will give Yala a skip and check out Wilpattu which was the original leopard hotspot in SL and a lot less crowded.
  12. Question 1 - I beleive is correct and if you havent already, check out "the Serengeti story" by Anthony Sinclair. Question 2 - interesting question and all I have is in 2012, a male lion born at Lake Masek and collared in Ndutu made its way in to the crater.
  13. Havent been here in 5 years but its a great place to break journey heading north in Botswana. They had really nice camp sites with decent facilities and plenty of rhino. There is a story that the black Rhino (assuming its the same chap from years back) in the photo was walked over from He is very tame and relaxed around people and will not surprised if there is some truth to the story.
  14. Great read and even better photos but most of all, thanks for all the critical details (like how far from Sero etc). Been aware of this corner of the the park for a while but couldnt really work out times and just how good it is was in terms of game.
  15. Great read, phots and detail. Please would you give details if there is a border crossing between Namibia and Zambia through the Caprivi strip and if its a river barge or normal bridge.

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