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Nov052014

6 Nights - 1 million animals - The Serengeti and Grumeti - October 2014 

 

This past October, I was fortunate to spend 6 nights in the Serengeti NP & Singita Grumeti Reserves. Never in the past 23 years as a guide have I been so privileged to see such quantities of wildlife. It was a remarkable experience shared with a wonderful couple whose enthusiasm and interest made the safari a resounding success.

The safari started in the remote reaches North of Tanzania on the banks of the Mara river. Unseasonably heavy rains in Tanzania drew the bulk of the wildebeest migration out of the Maasai Mara across the river into the Serengeti National Park. In 2 days we estimated 750 thousand animals crossed this crocodile infested river. It is very difficult, if not nearly impossible to capture on film or in words the enormity of the spectacle of so many animals in one place.

 

We were superbly cared for by the team at Legendary Serengeti Camp. This is an exclusive use mobile camp that captures the true romance and traditions of camping in the Serengeti as it moves with the migration. 

Moving on to our next camp, I was a little concerned that the experiences of the past 2 days would be hard to equal, but the wildlife in the Singita Grumeti Reserves has never failed us and certainly did not this time. Everything that we missed in the Serengeti we saw at Grumeti. 

 

This area has come such a long way since we first visited the reserve in its early days of 2004 and we are very proud of our association with Grumeti and all the amazing people who have shaped this area into arguably Africa’s finest wildlife viewing area that it is today. If you only ever get to visit Africa once, then this destination must surely be at the top of the list! 

 

We spent our days based out of Singita’s unique Faru Faru Lodge which is based on a small hill over-looking the Grumeti River. From here we spent most of our days out in the field traveling through one of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes. It is such a rewarding pleasure to guide people through Singita’s Grumeti Reserves, as it is such a vast area that produces amazing wildlife experiences in spectacular landscapes with so few other vehicles. At times we felt like we were the only people in the 350 thousand acre reserve. 

 

We watched lions playing in the early morning light, a mother cheetah and cubs hunting on the short grass plains and a leopard resting in an acacia tree in the heat of the day. A pair of Crowned Cranes in the evening light and a pair of serenading rock Agamas.

With a “super-moon” rising over the Serengeti on our last sundowners I was reminded how privileged we are to live in such a unique world. Thanks to all the great people who made this and every safari into such life changing experiences. 

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