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Leaving Serengeti National Park for Grumeti Hills

June 7, 2018


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12 volt lantern

12 volt lantern

Lizard outside the tent in the morning

Lizard outside the tent in the morning


Today was a little unusual. We got our wake-up call/visit as usual and packed and dressed and had breakfast.
Maasai pushing my wheelchair

Maasai pushing my wheelchair


African Pride Tea bag

African Pride Tea bag


My granddaughter got the pancakes but didn't eat them as they were cold. I like them even cold as they are tender
Pancakes

Pancakes


and some of the muffins and breads at breakfast tend to be dry. She got scrambled eggs and I got fried and this time they were over easy.
Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs

Bar tent from the eating tent

Bar tent from the eating tent


We left the camp about 8 but left our luggage there as we were coming back here for what Jeremiah described as a hot lunch. The first thing we saw was a pair of ostriches-the male was pooping, but neither of us got a photo of that.
ostrich

ostrich

ostrich

ostrich


Then we saw some
Giraffe

Giraffe

Eagle

Eagle


and a marabou stork. (An ugly bird).
marabou stork

marabou stork


We stopped where there was a troop of baboons
Baboon (male)

Baboon (male)

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Some of the little ones were climbing partway up the tree and jumping into a bush.
Baby baboon

Baby baboon

Baby baboon

Baby baboon


Jeremiah pointed out a sausage tree like they have at Edison's estate in Florida.
Sausage tree

Sausage tree


I took some photos of weaver bird nests,
Weaver bird nests

Weaver bird nests


and we saw more lions in a tree.
Do Not Stop on Bridge

Do Not Stop on Bridge


We crossed a river which had some hippos,
Hippos

Hippos


and came upon a male and female lion in a tree.
Lioness

Lioness


Lion

Lion

Lioness

Lioness

Lioness

Lioness


The male got up and came toward the female who told him 'not this morning' so he turned around and lay back down on the branch.
Lions

Lions


One of the better roads

One of the better roads


My granddaughter took photos of a jackal running along.
Jackel

Jackel

jackel

jackel


Then we saw a lion head pop up out of the tall grass.
Male lion

Male lion


Turned out to be a young male lion about 6 years old (too young for the full mane) with a kill of a wildebeest.
Lion and kill

Lion and kill

lion

lion

Lion with his kill

Lion with his kill


My photo of him was funny because the grass looked like his eyebrows.
Young male lion in the grass

Young male lion in the grass


We came to huge herds of zebras -some wildebeests, but mostly zebras.
zebra

zebra


Zebra herds

Zebra herds

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Zebra

Zebra

Wildebeests

Wildebeests

zebra

zebra

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

zebra

zebra

zebra

zebra

zebra

zebra

zebra

zebra


zebra

zebra


zebra

zebra


zebra

zebra


zebra

zebra


Did you know that zebras bark? Sounded like a lot of dogs all barking at each other. Some of them started running and I took a bunch of photos of that.
Hear hoofbeats - think zebras?

Hear hoofbeats - think zebras?


running zebras

running zebras


Running zebras

Running zebras


Running zebras

Running zebras


zebra

zebra


We saw a couple of more lions snoozing on rocks.
Lion asleep

Lion asleep


Lioness on a rock

Lioness on a rock

Lion asleep

Lion asleep


We went back to the visitor's center for me to use the bathroom
Ikoma (shop was closed)

Ikoma (shop was closed)

Lunch table

Lunch table

Water tanks

Water tanks


and then back to the camp for lunch.
lunch fries and salad

lunch fries and salad


The hot lunch turned out to be soup, and a salad with avocado, french fries and bread. (They do good bread). My granddaughter did not want the avocado, so I gave her most of my french fries. Then we talked until 3 when our luggage was brought from the room and packed into the car.
Fire circle with chairs destroyed

Fire circle with chairs destroyed

SERENGETI National Park rules

SERENGETI National Park rules


We exited the park (we are still in the Serengeti just outside the park) and then saw again the herds of sheep and goats and the schools and houses of local people. We got to Grumeti Hills about 4:30. The only internet is in the main lodge, and it is slow but pretty good. Our tent room is beautiful and looks out on a peaceful scene,
View from Grumeti Hills

View from Grumeti Hills

View from our cabin

View from our cabin


but it is a long walk uphill to the lodge where the dining and internet are. It did not have an electric plug, but the manager had the electrician put one in for us.
Inside our cabin

Inside our cabin

Bathroom

Bathroom


They have a swimming pool here and it was warm in the afternoon. But when my granddaughter went up there she said it was such a steep climb that I would not be able to get up there. I don't think she would swim without me and probably someone should be there.

We had dinner. They have homed in on the milk thing more than necessary I think. The appetizer was a little round thing of tuna with egg whites, onion and pepper
Tuna appetizer

Tuna appetizer

Dinner

Dinner


and then a vegetable soup. They gave my granddaughter hers without milk and mine had milk. She didn't like hers so we switched and I had her non-milk,and then finished up the milk one that she did not finish. Then we had beef and mashed potatoes, carrots and eggplant. I tasted the carrots and eggplant but I do not think my granddaughter even did that. I ate the potatoes and a little of the meat. My granddaughter really liked the meat and ate a lot of it. Then she said her throat was closing up and she decided she needed to take some benadryl. She took two tablets and drank some water and we waited up there and the benadryl seemed to be working. While we were doing that, I had her pick out photos to post to FaceBook as a distraction.

We came down and got ready for bed -she says she is all better. I don't know what caused the reaction unless it was the pumpkin in the soup or the sauce on the meat.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 17:20 Archived in Tanzania

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Great wildlife sightings, especially the lions!

by ToonSarah

Lifetime experience, keep enjoying

by Dibozi jr

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