Our Serengeti safari was filled with many firsts. We saw an actual crossing (of the Mara River) of thousands of wildebeests and zebras, leopards mating the wild (twice in ten minutes – impressive!), twin leopard cubs, a male giraffe duel, and a crocodile attack on a wildebeest, among many others.
I really did try to pare down our pictures, but it was such an amazing experience (and all in just 3 days), I just had to share many…
A herd of Cape Buffalo – thought by many to be the most dangerous animal in Africa.
This particular breed of male Ostrich turns pink during mating season.
Female lions munching on a Cape Buffalo.
Face washing after dinner. Ick!
On the ground, but not near the lions feeding on the Cape Buffalo.
More Serengeti landscape…. like one big park.
Wouldn’t want to face a charging Cape Buffalo. I don’t think they joke around.
We were on the ground at the edge of the Mara river, and this Hippo was getting agitated at us. We stepped back toward the jeep, and he (or she) calmed down.
A large herd of Wildebeests bunching up to cross the Mara River.
Finally, one of the Wildebeests jumped in and all the rest followed.
It was a frenzy. Our guides estimated that 50,000 crossed.
Here’s a (loooong) video of the crossing:
Straining to get across the river.
….and stampeding up the other side.
Many of them did not make it – often because of broken legs from jumping/thrashing down the river bank and into the water.
Wildebeests grazing on the plains after crossing the Mara River.