TANZANIA 2012

Safari trucks waiting for passengers at the Kogatende landing strip 

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Our first game sighting is of vultures building their nest.

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Wildebeast crossing on the Mara River. Within five minutes the banks were deserted and you would never know anything had happened.cross

The chaos at the entry point results in many injuries.

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So, every carrion eater is waiting patiently downstream. In this image you can see maribou, vultures and a hyena.

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Dinner will float by if you just lounge in the sun and wait

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Almost safe on the other side.

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We travelled at this time of year specifically to see these crossings and were thrilled to see a second one the next morning that lasted for over an hour. We saw some zebras make the crossing in a saner, safer way.

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The bird watching is also pretty spectacular.

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Up close with the giraffes

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This was likely a combined family ... lots of babies!

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Lunchtime tableside companions

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Someone else is dining outdoors

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Dawn ... my favorite time on safari and the best for animal activity.

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Every brown lump in this pool is a huge crocodile

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The crocs are in the same pool with these lovely hippos 

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The view across the plains from our outdoor shower on the balcony.

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Yes, HUGE, very frightening crocodile eating full size zebra

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The adults were teaching the babies to hunt ... we got to watch them try to corner the zebras twice and fail to catch anything.

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We spent most of one day waiting with this Cheetah family. She and her babies  looked very hungry. Our guide said she would have to do something soon.

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.... and she did get her babies fed. It was amazing to watch how fast she moved when running down the antelope.

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The hyena eventually moved in to steal the feast from everyone else.

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Two great examples of why you don't leave the jeep to walk in the grass

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Camp on the morning of the last day ... so sad to leave!


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