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Diary of a Safari – Bonus – The Out-takes

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Here we are in the ancient, (and somewhat crumbly), capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town, but our thoughts are still with the wild creatures of the Serengeti. Looking back over our safari pictures we see that there are so many that we weren't able to include in our daily diary entries – so here are just a few of the out takes as a bonus.
Although we often commented on our close proximity to so many of the animals, these pictures show just how close we came to the big cats. These three beautiful cheetahs sat just inches from our front bumper in the Serengeti...
After a while they loped off to stalk some gazelles, The gazelles caught wind of them so, together with a fourth, the cheetahs came right back and lay down next to us in the shade of a small tree. Shade trees are a rare commodity in parts of the Ngorongoro crater so this lioness took shelter from the sun under the next best thing...
No matter what we or the driver and occupants of this jeep did, this friendly beast would not budge. After a lengthy stalemate the driver inched back and forth until he was able to get clear.

There are two types of animals in the world. The charismatic ones like pandas, koala bears and cheetahs - adored by all, and then there are those beloved only by their mothers and spouses – like this husband and wife team of dung beetle...
Before you poo-poo the idea of a creature living on dung just think how mucky this land would get without someone doing the daily chores. Dung beetles collect the fresh poop, form it into balls and roll it home for breakfast (lunch and dinner). If James was as strong as a dung beetle he would be able to move a rock weighing more than a hundred tons!

Another creature that would never make it to the centrefold of Playanimal magazine is this male warthog...
These leopard tortoises on the other hand may be either charismatic, or not, depending on your point of view...
Because we focused on the tens, (possibly hundreds), of thousands of large mammals that we saw on our trip, we tended to lose sight of the fact that we were always surrounded by birds. We saw great flocks of pink flamingos...
We also saw large numbers of raptors. This is an augur buzzard...
And this one is ...
Maybe you can help out here because we just can't figure out what it is called.
These Maasai boys would probably know...
Maasai youths are circumcised at puberty and are then expected to make their own way in life as men. Many of them paint their faces and stand by the roadsides begging from passing tourists – they demanded $20 US for us to take this picture? As the average annual income in Tanzania is less than nine hundred dollars we thought that twenty was a bit steep. However, we managed to get them to give us, and you, a parting smile from the Serengeti for ten.
So that really is the end of our safari diary. Now we will dodge Zanzibar's tropical downpours to show you around this island in a few days.

Posted by Hawkson 02:18 Archived in Tanzania

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Mr. Warthog is not cuddly but certainly majestic in his own way from a distance, a very long distance.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Love those Masai youth.

by Janet

Fabulous till the end. Bird looks like a cross between a buzzard and eagle, but beagle is taken. Stumped for a name. Real or imagined.

by Tom

We could call it a Hawkson!

by Janet Vickers

An amazing journey. Thank you Jim and Sheila.

by Diane Cornish

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