Grumeti Wildlife Reserve is at the northwest corner of Tanzania, and was our entryway into the great Serengeti National Park.
Grumeti Wildlife Reserve
While driving through Grumeti, we spotted hoofed mammals, including zebra, gazelle, giraffe, waterbuck, topi, and wildebeest.
Sometimes I wonder who is staring at who. 😛
We also spotted various predators, like cheetah, lion, black-backed jackal, and even a few lazy hyenas.
These blue and black cloths are used to trap Tsetse flies.Feel free to click this link to learn more about the Grumeti Wildlife Reserve. 🙂
From there we made our way to the famous Serengeti National Park. Serengeti stands for ‘endless plains’ and this national park is best known as the location for the world’s largest animal migration.During the great migration, millions of animals can found frantically moving among the masses, as well as, slowly staggering single file across the open plain.
Serengeti National Park
The stunning Serengeti sure did not disappoint our group, as in less than 24 hours, we were able to spot nearly 30 lions! Check out the crazy hair on this guy! 😮The most interesting lion sighting was a group of eight, with 3 females, 1 male, and 4 cubs. The females were found with 3 different animals they had killed, and one of them also had a tracking collar placed around her neck for monitoring.
According to the general pecking order, the male lion will eat first, then the female and cubs will get the leftovers.
By far though, the sighting that really left us on the edge of our seat was when we spotted a female leopard with her two cubs!
The leopard literally walked right past our truck! 😮We found the two cubs lounging in a tree nearby. ❤So tiny and adorable! Other unique finds included a Dik-Dik, plus a variety of other birds and reptiles.
The birds and reptiles were incredibly colorful, like this Lilac-breasted Roller and this Superman Agama.
Others were quite bizarre, like this cautiously moving chameleon, and this massive Marabou Stork.
Aside from the animals, the scenery was absolutely spectacular, with an eclectic mix of Savannah grassland teeming with Acacia trees, and an occasional oasis, with flowing water and lush leafy palms. Some people in our group even took a hot air balloon ride to see the Serengeti from above. ❤Feel free to check out the link to learn more about this national park. 🙂