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Safari Series: Fast food

Safari Series: Fast food

There are over 90 species of antelope, most of which can be found in Africa, and about 20 of which are native to Serengeti. They aren’t the animals that people usually get excited about seeing on safari, but some of them are really beautiful and they’re very graceful animals to watch, especially if you catch … Continue reading

Safari Series: Three Seconds or Less

Safari Series: Three Seconds or Less

Our safari started and ended with amazing cheetah sightings. As soon as we arrived in Serengeti, we spotted three cheetahs walking in the distance, and watched as they turned to walk in our direction, even stopping to drink from a puddle directly in front of our vehicle. And on our way out of the Ngorongoro … Continue reading

Safari Series: Shrieking Hyenas

Safari Series: Shrieking Hyenas

Hyenas don’t have the best reputation (blame The Lion King again), and it’s easy to see why — they’re vicious carnivores that make their living in part by stealing other animals’ hard-hunted prey. The bad rep isn’t entirely fair. Hyenas actually hunt their own prey most of the time, and most predators, even lions, scavenge … Continue reading

Extreme Showers

Extreme Showers

During the early days in Africa, I wrote a little bit about Extreme Reading. Now I think it’s time to share another, less sought-after experience that I’ve grown accustomed to: Extreme Showering. Anyone who has ever showered in the developing world knows that it’s hit-or-miss. I’ve had it pretty easy on this trip for the … Continue reading

Safari Series: All Things Feathered

Safari Series: All Things Feathered

I’ve never identified myself as being “into” birds, but the more time that I spend here, the more that I grow to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the birds that I see, both on safari and in everyday life. In addition to being easy on the eyes, birds have provided a (usually) lovely and … Continue reading

Safari Series: The Big Five

Safari Series: The Big Five

Before my first trip to Africa, I had never heard of the Big Five. I was apparently the only one, because everyone in my tour group said that they were hoping to see the Big Five and everyone in the tourism industry used the term as if its meaning was self-evident. I learned pretty quickly … Continue reading

Safari Series: Great Migration

Safari Series: Great Migration

The phenomenon for which Serengeti is probably most famous is the annual wildebeest migration, which sees over two million animals — roughly 1.5 million wildebeest, 400,000 other antelope, and 200,000 zebras — travel clockwise in a 300-mile circular pattern that covers much of the Serengeti plains and dips briefly into the Masai Mara in Kenya. … Continue reading

Safari Series: Lion vs. Buffalo

Safari Series: Lion vs. Buffalo

What can I say about lions? For starters, hopefully Daniel won’t be too embarrassed for me to admit that we spent about an hour a day while on safari singing songs from The Lion King, plus roughly another half hour per day on The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Technically I did most of the singing, although … Continue reading

Daniel in Africa, Part Two: Safari Series

Daniel in Africa, Part Two: Safari Series

For three days of Daniel’s visit, we went on a safari to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. For the entire week before he arrived, I worried that the safari would be a disaster. A successful safari depends largely on luck, since you are generally driving around a huge area (Serengeti covers 5,700 square … Continue reading