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Central Serengeti from Ronjo Camp

June 6, 2018


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When we got up it was cold and our lights were still not on so it was hard to see. There were "windows" in the tent. If you unzipped and unvelcroed the canvas flaps over the windows, you could look out through the screens that covered the openings.
View from the toilet through the screen

View from the toilet through the screen


Bar tent from our tent

Bar tent from our tent


At breakfast we got eggs -my granddaughter got hers with a hard yolk this time. And toast and there was watermelon and pineapple and pancakes on the buffet. I think there was also cold cereal.
Breakfast

Breakfast

large_IMG_1531.JPGGranddaughter at breakfast buffet

Granddaughter at breakfast buffet


Wheelchair

Wheelchair

Path from bar to restaurant

Path from bar to restaurant


Lion paw prints

Lion paw prints

taking a photo of the lion paw print

taking a photo of the lion paw print

Giraffe's near the camp

Giraffe's near the camp

Giraffe face

Giraffe face


Ox peckers on a giraffe

Ox peckers on a giraffe


hawk

hawk

So today we saw three different leopards which completes the 'big five' (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo).
First leopard

First leopard


Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

I spotted a serval cat,
Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

Serval cat

and we saw baboons, wart hog, guinea fowl,
Baboons

Baboons

Baboons

Baboons


Wart hog

Wart hog


crested guinea

crested guinea


Milkweed

Milkweed


Red Lechwe Antelope

Red Lechwe Antelope

Red Lechwe Antelope

Red Lechwe Antelope

Topi

Topi

Topi

Topi


Lions in a tree

Lions in a tree

Lions in a tree

Lions in a tree

At one point we had smoke in the van and Jeremiah said it was a short in the radio, so we stopped and he took the radio out of the dashboard.
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The vehicle we are in is a Land Cruiser and is at least 15 years old. Jeremiah says the new ones are flimsy and tend to drop parts on the washboard roads.

We stopped at the visitor's center for lunch
Visitors center

Visitors center


Rice dish with raisins

Rice dish with raisins


Barbet

Barbet


Close-up of the candelabra tree

Close-up of the candelabra tree


and saw an animal that looked like a big guinea pig - probably a hyrax.
Maybe a bush hyrax

Maybe a bush hyrax

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Hyrax


After lunch we looked at the exhibit of bones
Exhibit at the visitor's center

Exhibit at the visitor's center

Buffalo skulls

Buffalo skulls

Bones

Bones

Bones

Bones

Skull

Skull


and saw a movie on Gnu migration (Gnu is another name for wildebeest). Then we came back to camp and I had a nap.
Granddaughter  taking a photo of her own foot

Granddaughter taking a photo of her own foot


I think Jeremiah did too as he was asleep during the bones explanation. He was awake until late chasing the lions out of camp
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Maasai in camp

Maasai in camp

Maasai in Rondo Camp

Maasai in Rondo Camp


I asked my granddaughter to take some photos of the thorns on the acacia trees
acacia thorns

acacia thorns

acacia thorns

acacia thorns

acacia thorns

acacia thorns


munchies before dinner in front of the tent

munchies before dinner in front of the tent


We had a shower at 6, and then I took the computer in to charge and we talked to an Italian couple that was at Bashray Rift in that big group. Dinner was supposed to be onion soup but it didn't really look or taste like onion soup. There was chicken with some kind of orange sauce that my granddaughter said didn't agree with her.
Dinner

Dinner


And what they said was marble cake, but I think was really a form of ginger bread.
marble cake?

marble cake?


They said they had fixed our lights, but they went out again after 5 minutes. I told my granddaughter to go out and find someone and tell them, but she refused to leave the tent. She said she could hear the lions roaring and that I was too deaf to hear them. She did eventually stand at the entrance and wave the flashlight until someone came.
sunset

sunset


They would do something to it and he would stand up and the lights would go out again. So eventually they gave us a different battery and they also left us a battery powered light.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:19 Archived in Tanzania

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Great that you got to see leopards and complete the Big Five!

by ToonSarah

If I get done with this before you leave - there are a lot better photos of leopards on June 9th.

by greatgrandmaR

Looking forward to more leopards!

by ToonSarah

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