This time we were later in the season, so we followed the migration some days into the Serengeti. Near the lodge we watched all other kinds of animals.
Gerard and Evelyne
Mr. Mahipala is a guest from Sri Lanka who wrote a report for their national newspaper. Read it here.
A strange holiday: first dry like July, the lake almost dry, and after that every day rain. We got stuck for the first time!
Because of the rain the grass was growing again and the wildebeest came back , although they had already crossed the Grumeti River.
There were many birds around the lodge, and a lot of playful cheetahs on the plains. Nice small cats and we were the witness of Meanna’s first showing her small cubs when she moved them in the reeds!
Again an amazing holiday.
This year there was a long drought in March and the wildebeest had already migrated north.
Again a different experience. It started raining two days after I arrived, it rained nearly every day for two/three hours – the grass turned green again and thousands of wildebeest zebras and gazelles returned ! They invaded plains, and Lemuta was a wonderful sight. We and the animals were happy and excited.
We visited the python hanging in his tree at Hidden Valley. There were three cheetah moms, one with three, one with two, and one with one cubs. Katavi and Selous won a fight against the magnificient Goldies Remus and Romulus, and we saw briefly Ramos and Halftail.
Even though we could not visit certain areas because of sticky ground, Ndutu is never boring, giving me opportunity to observe the beautiful bird life at Ndutu Lodge.
Many thanks to Aadje, Ainslie, Eva Marie and Jenny for your pleasant company and kind hospitality. Of course Marando and the Ndutu staff are excellent.
We made our 4th visit to Ndutu in March, and as always, it did not disappoint. The rains were over a month late in arriving, so it was very dry and dusty, and the great migration had moved north, but there were lots of animals near the remaining water holes, and the cats all were eating well. We saw 4 cheetah moms with their cubs on a regular basis, and some very young lion cubs. Jenny provided some great meals in the dining room and Joseph always takes good care of us there. Looking forward to seeing everyone next February.
Avery & Kathleen Loy
Thank you, once again, for another wonderful, fun-filled, adventurous holiday. This time, I was accompanied by my friend, Mr Jayakumar. As always, we were welcome with a smile, and almost everybody seemed to remember me and enquired about my family, who have been here several times.
We had timed our visit to witness the mass calving of the wildebeest, but, unfortunately, the rains played truant, and most of the wildebeest had made a U-turn northwards and gave birth in Serengeti. However, this did not prevent us from a few days of great photography.
I have uploaded photos of earlier visits, and am sending some more from my recent trip. Hope everyone who gets to see them enjoys them as much as I did when I took the images.
Finally, how I miss the food, and the cookies!
As Arnie would say, I’ll be back!
This year I experienced the end of the wet season.
When I arrived mid-May everything was dry and the grass was brown. We saw the last wildebeest, together with zebras and large herds of eland, at Hidden Valley. There a large lion had killed an eland, left it and walked through the lake to meet his beautiful “brother”.
The Ndutu prides were not so easy to find, but with Marando tracking, we saw many lions and several cheetah families. Ndutu being Ndutu there is so much to see that you are never disappointed.
Then it rained for two full days, everybody was happy, the Ndutu staff the animals, and the grass changed color.
Needless to say that once again I had a wonderful time at Ndutu Safari Lodge, thanks to the hospitality of Aadje and Ainslie, their excellent staff, and Marando my patient guide.
We enjoyed another 3 weeks holiday with Hamisi and the staff.
There was Meanna with her son hunting many times. For the first time we saw junior really help his mother instead of disturbing her hunt. Amazing!
Another cheeta mother was teaching her two grown up cubs hunting and killing. After half an hour she thought it was enough and she finished the job.
There were a lot of chicks everywhere and large groups of noisy wattled starlings and quelea’s, mating and nesting Love Birds.
Young lion’s played a game of “cat and mouse” with male wildebeest.
And at eleven in the morning there were hundreds of zebra in the long gully for a meeting to decide if they would follow the wildebeest to the north or not. So many of them that it was impossible to get them on a picture.
Spotty was very patient with her two siblings and we are curious about if she will raise them to adulthood this time.
And a lot of other nice happenings.