Tanzania Safari Report – Day 6 / Serengeti

This morning we took an hour flight north to the lodge we’re at now. Our lodge overlooks the Serengeti from a hill. The first pic is the view from the lodge itself. Those dots down there? Each is most likely a wildebeest, although they could also be zebras, antelope of various species, lions, leopards, hyena, and, well, you get the picture. The Great Migration started 3 days ago, and should last about 8 days. It’s 1.2M wildebeest, and markedly less of the other species. We really lucked out being here when it happened, as predicting its start is an inexact science.

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The weather didn’t look great, but we decided to do a game drive in the afternoon anyways. As you can see from this picture, the sky looked threatening. About 20 minutes into the drive, it started to pour. Torrential downpour, thunder and lightning, hail, dogs & cats living together, the whole works. We hightailed it back to the lodge, but got soaked in the process. Things cleared up 30 minutes later, and being gamers, we went out again. You’ll never guess what happened 20 minutes after that. So, we didn’t really do much animal sighting today.

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  1. Fantastic picture! Similar to the one I saw when I flew in in 1961 and have never forgotten! I’m wondering if it would be possible for me to visit Tanzania or Kenya once more, but a lot of things have changed. Supposing I bring my digtital SR-camera along? What sort of lense would benefit me most the way they present the wildlife today? 300mm, 500 mm, 800 mm (ore more?)

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