This would be the last game drive of our safari, from our camp in the Maswa Game Reserve to a lodge just past Ngorongoro Crater.
We drove through the acacia woodland and discovered the cheetah mother and four cubs at the edge of the acacia woodland. We were happy that they had made it back to the woodland safely from the gazelle kill. The mother was taking the cubs somewhere — alternately walking and waiting for the cubs to follow.
They walked past a downed tree, so of course the cubs had to climb it as the mother kept walking.
Now we’ve seen what herding cats means. 😉 The cheetahs continued walking. We saw this cheetah family on three different days. Amazing luck and skill of our guides.
We started a long game drive along the boundary of the the acacia woodland and the short-grass plains.
Some jackals were looking at Thomson’s gazelles, but the gazelles had spotted the jackals and were careful.
Later these two thomson’s gazelles were fighting (butting heads).
A pregnant spotted hyena showing us her long, yellow teeth.
In the Ngorongoro highlands there are Maasai villages and tropical trees. Looking at the vegetation, you can see that the highlands get a lot more rain than the Serengeti plains.
We arrived at the lodge in time for lunch. The lodge felt somewhat antiseptic after 8 nights in camps, but we did savor the long showers, electricity in our rooms, flush toilets, and internet.
At dinner we each talked about our favorite experience on the safari. Mine was the cheetah family before the thunderstorm and the harrowing drive back to camp on the flooded dirt road.
The next day two people left for gorilla tracking, four for Zanzibar, four for South Africa, and three for home.
We had a blast. The safari was a fabulous experience that we’ll always cherish. We had great guides who found a wide variety of animals and parked so that we’d have good light for photos. They told us about the animals. They patiently answered our questions and told us stories. They put a very positive face on Tanzania. We enjoyed traveling with our fellow safari clients. I appreciate everyone’s patience with me as I clicked away with my camera, or more frequently, waited for an animal to turn its head just so.