The 2014 safari season started off with the Vanatta/Bensler group from Colorado, great friends and travelling companions; together on their first African safari.
The first few days were spent game viewing in and around Tarangire National Park. All the outlying waterholes and springs were starting to dry up and the Tarangire River was attracting game from far and wide with hundreds of elephants and buffalo gathered down on the river. Following suit every game- filled day was ended off by a spectacular sunset and well earned cocktails, gazing over the flamingoes on Lake Manyara with the sun going down behind the rift valley wall.
After a day in the ever fantastic Ngorongoro Crater, it was off to Mwiba, Legendary Expedition’s new and incredibly opulent lodge and conservation area on the southern edge of the Serengeti plains. Mwiba translates into thorns from the local language Kiswahili, so called due to the deep gullies and thorn covered hills that abound in the area and is home to an incredible population of Leopard. We had some absolutely fantastic Leopard sightings and being able to get out of the vehicles and walk among elephant and buffalo on foot was a real treat and brought back home the respect and awe that these huge animals command.
Next destination was the Legendary Expedition’s Mobile Tented Camp situated at Nyasirori just north of the Grumeti River in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The Wildebeest migration through the western corridor was in full swing and the plains in front of the camp were covered by them, accompanied by their ever present predators, the Lion and Cheetah sightings were amazing.
The exquisite views and romantic setting of this private and exclusive camp took one back to the days of yore when a safari was simple and one lived close to nature, with no one in sight as far as the eye can see.