The morning after our incredible game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater we drove slowly towards the gates to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. We stopped off at a hill that overlooked both the Serengeti Plains and the Ngorogoro National Park.
A Masai family who live between the Ngorongoro Reserve and the Serengeti came up to greet us and have a chat, we gave the kids some biscuits which they devoured. The Masai ladies couldn’t quite believe why none of us girls had babies of our own which we all laughed about.
We then got to the main gate of the Serengeti where we stopped off for lunch, a view over the Serengeti Plains and a Kilimanjaro beer. It was literally like being on pride rock from The Lion King film, the only word I can use to describe the Serengeti Plains is vast. You can literally see for miles, it is flat and goes on forever.
We drove for what felt like hours before we saw anything as the Serengeti is so vast but finally late afternoon we were the first jeep to see three lions lazing under a tree. There were two male youngsters and a female. It was great to just turn off the jeep, sit back and watch how the animals react to us and how they interact with each other.
A storm began to roll in so we called time on the game driving reluctantly although as you can see from these photos there were more than enough cars close to the lions so it was the right time to move on and leave them alone.
Our campsite within the Serengeti was out in the wild, no fences separating us and all the animals that call the Serengeti their home. As we put up our tents water buffalo and giraffes looked on in interest and that evening we heard lots of hyena’s raiding the camp site rubbish bins. It’s fair to say the sleep was very patchy that night, we all kept hearing animal calls throughout the night.
It was up early again the next morning to get a good days game driving done. The first thing we spotted was lots of hot air balloons not far off the ground. Although this would be an incredible way to see animals it is fairly pricey at around $500USD.
The first thing we saw was a pack of hyena’s munching on something they had scavenged. You could literally hear them crushing the bones with their tough teeth. There was one poor hyena that was not allowed to join in on the feast, he hung back and every time he went to get some food they all scolded him.
We then saw a pride of lions not too far away who were very active. Unfortunately we were about the 6th jeep on the scene so our view wasn’t great as you can see from the photo below. What was great about this spot was that there was a very small impala in the bushes right in front of us and the lions had it surrounded. They were trying to hunt the tiny impala but it got a lucky break and sprinted through the middle of the jeeps and off to safety.
We saw gorgeous lion cubs playing on the road and a male lion lurking in the bushes for just a few moments. The male lion had still eluded us after quite a few game drives and we were all desperate to see one up close.
Finally, to finish the game drive a short while later we got what we had been waiting for and that was a male lion. The relief on seeing a male lion was immense as we hadn’t seen one in the Masai Mara or Ngorongoro Crater. He was injured and looked completely battered. His paw looked sore and bleeding and he was limping, he looked on his last legs for sure.
He had a female with him and they were just lazing around within 3m of us. We stayed for about 20 minutes to watch their every move (even mating). It was the best finish to a wonderful two days in the Serengeti.
There were three lions nearby in the pride but we were all euphoric from the male lion spot that we left on a complete high! Seeing lions on safari is what it’s all about so to see so many in such a short space of time was nothing short of amazing.
We went back to the campsite for brunch and we all shared our game drive experiences before heading back to Arusha.
The Serengeti is a wonderful place to see lions and it was a very enjoyable two days. Although the game drives were long and it felt like hours before we saw animals sometimes, it is without doubt one of the best places for game viewing.
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