A Serengeti Migration Photographic Safari staying at Select Lodges, Private Mobile Camps and Sayari Piaya

February 2006

Crater zebra drink everyday We started at The Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge on arrival and relaxed for the first afternoon. Next morning an early start enabled us to drive to the Ngrongoro Crater Lodge for a hearty lunch at the Crater Lodge. Conditions were dry but some rain had fallen. The Crater was spectacular and I really enjoyed being down there for our two visits. Here are some photos .

Then it was on to Naaibadad for 3 nights in our private camp. Once again it was dry but the drive via Endulen into camp was truly rewarding. Few people use this route and the views down to Lake Eyasi and its 30 million year old escarpment are primeval. Great cheetahs, lions at night and good herds of gazelle, zebra and wildebeest made this a great introduction to The Greater Serengeti Ecosystem.

Two hours of our last afternoon there were spent in the dining tent as rain lashed down - I was happy.

Next we traveled north to the beautifully sited Sayari Camp in Piyaya.

Rain clouds danced on the Western horizon and the promise of more rain had started to move the world’s largest herds of wild animals. We on the other hand were heading to Sayari for other reasons. This remote Piyaya location is one of the very best places to walk and visit the Maasai of the area. We really enjoyed our visit to the Primary school where 470 eager children entertained us for three full hours-thank you teachers and all!

We departed traveling westwards to find the big herds and our drive took us across the whole Serengeti Plain, through Seronera to a little visited open grass plain called Tagora and into our private camp. Based here for the next three days we explored well and one memorable morning we drove along the Grumeti River track into hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, many mothers with calves.

A fitting climax to a Serengeti adventure in, it must be said, unpredictable conditions indeed. This year the lack of rainfall has hurt the animals of the Serengeti, we also came across many dead cattle as well as Zebra that had just starved of hunger. A reminder that these places go through many pressures and these ups and downs over millions of years have created the spectacle we see today. How finely tuned our Planet is- let us all respect that. A safari in conditions like these drives these facts home.

Best wishes.

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