Favorite thing: No matter what you see on your trip, one of the most memorable and best things are the sunsets. As the sun goes down on the Serengeti the animals are out eating grass and each other. At this time it's really magic with the heat of the day gone, the animals out and the setting sun creating many a great photo.
Favorite thing: The Baobab tree looks like it is upside down with its roots showing instead of branches! It's an interesting part of the Serengeti with some stunning specimins to be seen. These trees flower at night once a year (under a full moon?) when they are polinated by moths and bats - bizarre but true. As the area is very dry the trees store water in their trunks to help them survive the long dry periods.
No matter where you go there will be a bug of some sort to either scare or fascinate. In our case it was rather large spiders in the shower rooms that got the girls fairly excited though no one had any issues. Nothing poisonous apparently but who is going to risk it!
The aussies on the trip gave us the 'that's not a spider mate' line given the Huntsman spider is very big and hairy. None of them however were keen to approach the spiders in the shower 'just in case mate'. The one in the photo was the size of the palm of my hand so big enough for me to exclaim 'gosh' and other 4 letter words to that effect.
Favorite thing: These are an interesting sight with large sausage looking bits hanging off the tree - like some sort of April fools joke never gotten rid of. These trees are the favourite haunt of Leopards so if you see a sausage tree then you may also spot a sleeping cat in its branches.
Favorite thing: Being the biggest land animal these dudes can cause serious damage to you and your vehicle. Best to stay well back and let these beasts walk where they want - especially given that the big fella in charge will likely do just that if you invade their personal space!
If you are in Kenya and can't afford the $100 visa, but wanted so much to see the Serengeti, well you are in luck. Because, Masaai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya is actually an extension of the Serengeti. The name Serengeti actually means Endless Plains, and when you take a safari through the place, you will understand why. The official park size is bigger than the state of Connecticut, but there isn't exactly a fence going around the place. The topography goes much further afield. The wildlife, nor the Masaai, obey park boundaries, and you are just as likely to see them roaming outside of the park. At over 5,000 sq miles, it is way too big to cover in a trip, so the hope is that your guides are very up to date on the location of each animal type. It is what they are paid to do, so happy hunting! (For pictures...)
Fondest memory: Besides the animals, those hours spent driving watching the terrain flow by.
Kopjes are rocky outcrops in the otherwise flat serengeti.
You can spot a lot of lions if you look for "brown" as you drive by these rocky oases. Drive around these kopjes and look for lion cubs, you might just get very lucky!!
One evening we were able to make out 3 lion families that shared the same circular kopje with about 10 lion cubs between them and the next day, we stumbled onto another kopje with a trio of lionesses sunbathing with thier little cubs. Unforgettable!
They have really big "baskets" in the hot air balloons company in Serengeti. They can take up to 12 persons in each balloon.
It cost around 400$ per flight of about 1 hour. This price include wonderful breakfast in the nature and a glass of champaigne. Landing can be rough some times and not easy because of winds. so it is not always soft as it look. I broke one rib during flying and landing with a balloon in the Negev desert in israel.
See the Serengeti National Park. You must also see the top five animals at least. The tour guides will explain to you what they are.
Fondest memory: I witnessed Mt Kilimanjaro standing mightily in the background of a vast savannah. Although this mountain is close to the equator, it's capped with snow because this is the tallest mountain in Africa. I didn't climb up though. Shame, because I heard it's beautiful up there.
Favorite thing: Try to convince your driver to take you to a "wild" picnic place. It's really funny to have lunch just in the middle of the nature.