Woke at 5.30am - tea and biscuits before embarking on an early morning game drive. Saw Warthog, impala, elephant, buffalo and 5-10 lion.
The Serengeti Balloon ride
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.
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.
Day 8 Facts:
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.