Cruising through the Serengeti

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
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Trip End Mar 26, 2010


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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Serengeti



OK, so were now onto the second leg of the trip, we got to nairobi and half the group left and we got 10 new people
joining, so, lets start with introductions to the new group and updates on the old group:



New Group:
Ellen,nurse from Tasmania, about 27, and shoo wee she sure is LOUD!
Aleisha, HR girl also from Tasmania, very sweet quiet girl
Tracy, Ozzie late thirties, i think she's weird, she's trying to see how long a plaster stuck on her arm (for no reason)
will last?? i think she's from the outback...
Shannon, 38 Doctor (YAY!!) from America, her real name is Patricia but everyone calls her Shannon? (ya it confused me too) this is her last
trip before she goes home and has IVF as she decided to be a single mum! very admirable.
Tia, 22 Kiwi/Ozzie, very quiet and she drives mining trucks in Oz
James B, 22 from York, been touring around the world, literally there isnt a country he hasnt been to! quite good looking so
we have nicknamed him BBJ...Boy Band James...not sure if he found it as amusing as i did
Frank and Chrissy, canadian couple same age as us, really sweet and seem to have their head in the clouds most of the time.
Lainey, 26 from London, works in the trailfinders at bank! Really nice girl gets on with all of us
Mark, 40 something from London, works in IT, were convinced he's an alcoholic.



Old Group:
James and Rachel, our firm favourites, dave and james seem to have formed a tight bond, very sweet;)
Anya and Tanya, the two pretty danish girls, really awesome pair and such fun! the 6 of us generally stick together
Sherelle, seems to have calmed a bit and is being nicer, although still has the tongue of a snake so i try steer clear
Liz
Marg and Peter, the 60 something couple, oete is still doing as he is told (and he seems to be told an awful lot these days!)
we think maybe marg is tiring from this trip as the complaints and boring stories are no ending!! pete is great and gets stuck
in on all the jobs and activities, really fit 69 yr old!!



so anyway, off we set to the serengeti with our new group, i somehow managed to obtain the job of security so now i have to count
everyone on and off the bus and make sure everything is locked up, dave however has taken it upon himself to double check everything
i do! his job is backlocker so he has to take the backpacks on and off the truck at each campsite, i think he's hoping to have
arms of steel for the beach in Oz:)



Ok so back to serengeti, we all separated into groups of 6 and got into our jeeps, our driver was a tanzanian called chris who
finished every sentence with a chuckle, couldnt understand a word he said though, every word seems to contain an L, ie: "see the
gilaffe eating the glass?" errr, what?



anyway we had 3 full days in the serengeti, each day was up at early doors, into the jeeps and game driving. Beacause it was the start
of the migration of the wildebees from the masaai back to the Serengeti there were wildebees in every direction you looked!
honestly you couldnt even see the grass in some parts, just masses and masses of them!
wont bore you with the details of what we saw but the highlights were the following:
- Lioness up a tree just chilling out right above us!
- Leopard doing the same
- 3 Cheetah's tucking into a fresh kill of impala, really awesome!!
- A herd of 39 elephants crossing the road, lots of young un's!!
- A pride of 14 lions with baby cubs!!!!



Just an awesome awesome place, seeing animals that are properly in the wild so up close was just fantastic! And seeing the
serengeti and how vast it is was awesome!!



On the way back from the serengeti we passed through the ngorogoro crater, a stunning volcano that imploded a long way back
and is now just a concentrated area full of game!! it was here that we finally completed the big 5 and saw the elusive black rhino, yay!!
lots of elephants, wildebees, zebra, jackals, hyenas, all against the backdrop of the lake that looked pink it was so full of flamingos!
just STUNNING!!
although when we were heading out of the park one of the jeeps managed to wedge itself in the mud, and what ensued was the
worst job of digging out a jeep that we have ever seen, our driver left us a few metres away so we didnt get stuck, and then
told us to stay in the vehicle (it was about 35 degrees!!) oh and never mind that pride of 14 lions that we had driven past about
5 mins ago!! during this whole debacle all dave could say was "that would never happen in a good british land rover" and sure enough
2 and a half hours later a landi turns up and pulled the jeep out with no problem!! and never mind the cat that had come to try and help
and had managed to get itself stuck as well!! nightmare! anyway we made it out just in time before the park closed, followed by
an upgrade back at the camp as 3 days of not showering had to be remedied!




 
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Kerryn on

:) Wildebeest has a 't' on the end my friend

Pics are amazing though. Serenegtti is definately on my to do list.

No card yet. Will let you know when. Sorry about lack of contact on saturday, Dublin was a pretty cool weekend to say the least:)

Kerryn on

Oh and happy birthday DAVE!!! :)
Will have a few for you this weekend.
Love Kez & Dyl

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