|An elephant bull, Tarangire National Park|
|Zebra, Tarangire National Park|
|Elephants in Silale Swamp, Tarangire National Park|
|A deck at Little Oliver's Camp, Tarangire National Park|
|Watching migration, Serengeti National Park|
|An approaching storm allowed us within 30m of this black rhino, Serengeti National Park.|
These trends have made their way onto maps, into guidebooks, and onto documentaries describing and simplifying “The Great Migration”. As a result, it is often a surprise when weather patterns don’t follow the standard predictions and the migrating herds don’t arrive where they usually do, show up early, or take an “abnormal” route. We were fortunate on our early June itinerary to catch up with the migration, yet our stop in the western corridor, empty of wildebeest, gave us the opportunity to witness some other spectacular wildlife. The herd of 50 giraffe, some resting, some standing, was a definite highlight for me, and it was impressive to discover an ostrich nest with 27 eggs, and then later an egg abandoned on the plain.
|It is very difficult to photograph 50 giraffe, Serengeti National Park|
On this particular itinerary, following the beautiful wildlife viewing in Tarangire and Serengeti, we ended at a camp called Shu’mata, set atop a hill with views of Kilimanjaro. With just one night, it was our opportunity to take a night-game drive, sight some Gerenuk, an unusual and arid-land specialist, as well as visit a Maasai home and glimpse their livelihood and culture.
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|A very comfortable lounge, Shu'mata Camp|
|Spear throwing demonstration, Shu'mata Camp|