Dust Bowl: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Friday 30th November 2018

Today was very dry, very windy and very dusty. We drove right across Serengeti National Park, from Ndutu to the Ikoma Gate. It was only really today that we began to realise just how dry the Serengeti is at the moment. The short rains have, so far at least, missed the plains almost completely. During … Continue reading Dust Bowl: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Friday 30th November 2018

You Can’t Beat a Cheetah: Ndutu, Tanzania, Thursday 29th November 2018

Today was about one thing and one thing only - finding a Cheetah. With it being low season, there were very few other people around, so it looked like we would have to find our own, as James put it.  As it happens, this was only partly true. All the land cruisers are equipped with … Continue reading You Can’t Beat a Cheetah: Ndutu, Tanzania, Thursday 29th November 2018

Big Cat Diaries: Ngorongoro to Ndutu, Tanzania, Wednesday 28th November 2018

One reason why the Serengeti is such an iconic place is the fact that we see it on television so often, in programmes like Big Cat Diaries. Today, we discovered that we were heading to Ndutu in the north-west of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which just happens to be the area where Big Cat Diaries … Continue reading Big Cat Diaries: Ngorongoro to Ndutu, Tanzania, Wednesday 28th November 2018

A Scarce Cat Double: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Tuesday 27th November 2018

Close to the Rhino Lodge is the memorial cairn for Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael, the two German zoologists who dedicated so much of their lives to the Serengeti. They had learnt to fly specifically so they could conduct aerial surveys of the animals of the Serengeti National Park (which included Ngorongoro at the … Continue reading A Scarce Cat Double: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Tuesday 27th November 2018

Just one word … Ngorongoro: Tanzania, Monday 26th November 2018

When I was first offered a chance to come on this trip and saw the itinerary, my mind was made up as soon as I saw one word: Ngorongoro. It was confirmed a few lines down the itinerary with another word: Serengeti. There are some places that are just iconic; places every naturalist wants to … Continue reading Just one word … Ngorongoro: Tanzania, Monday 26th November 2018

The Rift Wall: Manyara NP, Tanzania, Sunday 25th November 2018

Today we crossed the Rift Valley and travelled beside the Rift Wall. I have been in the very north of the Rift Valley before, in Ethiopia, and remember being unimpressed, but the Rift Wall on the west side of the valley in Tanzania is impressive. It really is an impressive and awe-inspiring wall of rock … Continue reading The Rift Wall: Manyara NP, Tanzania, Sunday 25th November 2018

Jumboland: Tarangire NP, Tanzania, Saturday 24th November 2018

If Arusha was the National Park of the Giraffe, then Tarangire was the National Park of the Elephant. That said we went a long time without seeing any as we headed through the park. In the late morning, Ian requested a stop and we backed up to see two Elephants just disappearing into thick bush … Continue reading Jumboland: Tarangire NP, Tanzania, Saturday 24th November 2018

Larking About: Arusha NP to Tarangire NP, Tanzania, Friday 23rd November 2018

After three nights at Meru View, we were on the road today. Our next destination, Tarangire National Park, was to the west and slightly further south, but we were heading north to take in a diversion to the famous 'lark plains'. We started the day heading through Arusha National Park again, along the Momella Road, … Continue reading Larking About: Arusha NP to Tarangire NP, Tanzania, Friday 23rd November 2018

This Charming Snake: Arusha NP, Tanzania, Thursday 22nd November 2018

Mount Meru really should give its name to Arusha National Park, instead of the name of the nearest city. It is, by some definitions at least, ignoring subsidiary peaks, the fifth highest mountain in Africa at 4,562 m, after Kilimanjaro (of course), Mount Kenya, and two mountains in the Ruwenzori range. It is officially classified … Continue reading This Charming Snake: Arusha NP, Tanzania, Thursday 22nd November 2018

Giraffic Park: Arusha NP, Tanzania, Wednesday 21st November 2018

Largely overcast, with a cool breeze and occasional light showers. Not a description of the weather I was expecting to write when I was so close to the equator. But then we are over 1300m above sea level, so I suppose it is not that surprising when you think about it. We have arrived at … Continue reading Giraffic Park: Arusha NP, Tanzania, Wednesday 21st November 2018