Day 8 - Serengeti/Olduvia Gorge
02/10/2009

Woke at 5.30am - tea and biscuits before embarking on an early morning game drive. Saw Warthog, impala, elephant, buffalo and 5-10 lion.




Buffalo



The Serengeti Balloon ride




Steve

Watched a leopard eating a whole recently killed gazelle up high in a tree - he ate the head and then left the legs dangling in the tree! A hyena waited for leftovers nearby. Approx 16 other safari trucks stopped to watch this rare spectacle.


Leopard and his Breakfast










Look closely, he's in the top of the tree!




















He was amazing - looked right at us all

Saw a cheetah relaxing under a tree away from the heat. Some impala and gazelle went past him but he was not interested in them.
Saw 1 further cheetah in the distance also.

Back to camp for brunch of eggs, toast and pancakes.


Cheetah




Elaine enjoying her safari!







Serengeti Viewpoint - [+] enlarge image


Elaine, Niamh and Amy taking in the view










Leaving the Serengeti

Dirt Devils! We had never seen one before but our Canadian friends say they see them all the time back home!

Left camp and drove to the Serengeti border towards the Olduvai Gorge. On arrival went into the visitor's centre/museum and listened to a lecture on the Gorge's history.


Steve looking out over Olduvai Gorge









Human footprints fossilised in rock from over 2 million years ago.


Looking down into the Ngorongoror Crater

Arrived at our camp above the Ngorongoro Crater, where we would be heading tomorrow. Saw a herd of elephants bathing nearby. One of them walked onto camp and drank water from the camp pump! This is a regular occurrence according to staff! Dinner of curry and rice, then arranged tips for the staff before playing more 'ass hole' with a few beers.


Our Ngorongoro Campsite







This elephant was just behind the toilet block








Cheeky elephant taking water from the camp supply
















This one got so close to someone's tent!










Camp kitchen




Bob enjoying a Tusker

back to top

Day 8 Map

click for bigger map

Day Highlights
Serengeti Balloon
Leopard Eating in Tree
Cheetah
Leaving The Serengeti NP
Olduvia Gorge
Ngorongoro Crater
Cheeky Elephant

Day 8 Facts:
Olduvia Gorge

The Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is commonly referred to as "The Cradle of Mankind."

It is a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley, which stretches along eastern Africa. Olduvai is in the eastern Serengeti Plains in northern Tanzania and is about 30 miles (48 km) long.

Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in furthering understanding of early human evolution.

The earliest archaeological deposit, has produced evidence of campsites and living floors along with stone tools made of flakes from local basalt and quartz. from about 2.6 million years ago. Bones from this layer are not of modern humans but primitive hominid forms of Paranthropus boisei and the
first discovered specimens of Homo habilis.



COMPLETE
TRIP DETAILS


Kenya
Day 1 - Nairobi
Day 2 - Lake Nakuru
Day 3 - Masai Mara
Day 4 - Masai Mara (Balloon)
Day 5 - Lake Victoria


Tanzania
Day 6 - Serengeti
Day 7 - Serengeti
Day 8 - Olduvai Gorge
Day 9 - Ngorongoro Crater


Zanzibar
Day 10-14
Dolphins