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Animal Paradise and a Volcano-Safari

After our short but memorable visit to the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, in Tanzania another highlight of our trip was waiting for us, the savanna of the Serengeti. Along the way, we completed our circumnavigation of Lake Victoria and spent a nice night on its banks.

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After our short but memorable visit to the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, in Tanzania another highlight of our trip was waiting for us, the savanna of the Serengeti. Along the way, we completed our circumnavigation of Lake Victoria and spent a nice night on its banks.

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On the first evening in the park we did a night safari, which means, in a jeep with searchlights we went on a search for the nocturnal savanna dwellers. And we saw a lot. So we investigated the den of hyenas, in front of which the cubs went back and forth. Unfortunately the light was not sufficient for usable photos. The next morning there was a morning walk, this time with more light, but fewer animals. Franka was allowed to shoot with a Masai bow.

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The deeper we penetrated into the Serengeti, the more animals we saw. In addition to the classic zebra, wildebeest and elephant we finally got the last of the “Big Five”, the leopard, in front of our lens. Unfortunately, however, there was not more than one paw and his tail visible as he was hiding in a tree. But the immense variety and number of animals during our two days in the Serengeti was compensation enough.

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But our hunger for animals was not appeased, and so it went straight on to another great National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater. The huge volcanic crater is a popular meeting place for many species and due to its limited area it is ideal for safaris. And we were not disappointed and even had an up close lion experience.

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Now we were really saturated with animal experiences. The long rides in the truck together with the sleep deprivation were starting to take their toll. So we were looking forward immensely to our “time out” on the Island of Zanzibar …