2010 Serengeti and Salai
Hard to believe that we are already half way through the year and again there have been so many excitements so thought I’d share few of the highlights.
Rains and Flowers
We had the most perfect rains this year with very good downpours throughout the green season providing a stunning green flush across the entire Serengeti ecosystem. Then almost on cue in April the plains were carpeted in an extravagance of yellow, red, white, pink and purple flowers. It was incredible and some of the best I’ve seen in operating safaris on the Serengeti over the last 24 years.
It made for dramatic photography with crystal clear skies, stunning light and animals parading in the flowers!
As usual Ndutu became the focal point of so much action throughout the first 5 months of the year.
The Ndutu marsh is one of the few ideal den sites in the area and not to be disappointed towards the end of April we found newly born Cheetah and Lion cubs. We’d seen both the cheetah mum and lioness coming in and out of the marsh throughout April and knew that there were tiny cubs buried in the marsh for safety. Then finally on separate occasions we saw the cubs being moved to safety.
Gnus were doing what gnus do best and were creating chaos throughout the marsh charging around like lunatics the day before. So early the next morning (in beautiful light) the lioness decided she’d move her tiny cubs to safety deep in the marsh. We were there and managed to be the first humans see her move her cubs. One by one she carried them across an open expanse before burying them deep into the swamp. It was amazing to witness and even made more incredible as no one saw the cubs again for 3 weeks!
Our salai camp was another huge success this year. It’s a wonderful combination of camping in one of the most stunning locations in the Serengeti System, great game viewing, walking in dramatic gorges and dry rivers and the chance to experience life with the Maasai. Our relationship with the Maasai in the area gives us an incredible insight into a culture that is just holding onto their very traditional lifestyle. It’s always such a privilege to spend time at Salai.
We just finished our latest tree planting for the season as part of our carbon trading scheme. Still planting 10 trees for everyone that comes on safaris and have just dug the 3000th hole over the past 3 years! A special thanks to Brian and Sue Wilsher, Tony and Barbara Tapper for their very generous donation to the project.
I have many exciting safaris ahead starting next month with a Southern Tanzanian classic with guests I haven’t taken on safari for 20 years! We’ll be doing the best of Ruaha, Katavi and Selous which I’m very excited about. Also I have to do a familiarisation trip to Zanzibar and Ras Kutani as someone has to check out all those stunning locations! Will report more in my next newsletter.
We’ve finally got our Facebook page up and running so please take a look ! Next year will be 25 years of running safaris so I thought I might dig out some of my old safari photos to embarrass us all?!
Looking forward to seeing you all on safari soon.