Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Morning on the Serengeti - Safari Day 2

One of the huts we stayed in at the Serena Lodge,
which was quite luxurious.

The Serena Lodge was very beautiful,
the food was delicious and the service was wonderful.

The pool is gorgeous, overlooking the Serengeti.

This little dik-dik was hanging out at the pool,
he definitely has the "deer in the headlights" look on his little face.

Just past the pool was the vantage point
with a beautiful view of the morning Serengeti Sky.

The lodge had many walkways with carved pillars
and other hand crafted details.

The long walkway between the restaurant to the main entrance
lined with the beautiful carved pillars.

A pair of Von der Decken's Hornbills in the tree by our safari cars.

Back out in the Serengeti we passed the same tree
by the hippo pond as we did the night before.
This morning there were a pair of African Fish Eagles sitting in the tree.
It would be a good guess that there are fish in the pond below.

The eagles checking things out below.

A pile of Banded Mongoose.

They were fun to watch as they ran, jumped and played around.

A female ostrich with her bland gray color scheme.

The male is much more colorful with his black and white feathers
and bright pink skin.

This girl's back looks just like my feather duster.

The couple making their way across the savanna.

Up on Naobi Hill you can see the road we were just driving on
that brought us across the Serengeti.

Looking the other way is the road we will be taking
that leads to the East Gate of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

 A Superb Starling, one of many little blue birds we have seen on our safari.

Here is a baby Starling with his mother.
 Thompson Gazelles along the road and zebras dotting the horizon.

A couple of young gazelle bucks are sparring as we drive by.

We exit the Serengeti through the Naobi Gate
and head off to Ngorongoro Crater.
Watch for our next post -
in the crater we finally see a cheetah, rhinos
and so much more beautiful wildlife and scenery.

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