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Tanzania Safari Day 4

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Tanzania Safari Day 4

Going into the 4th day of our Safari (New Year’s Eve)… we took it slow. The previous night, L had been so sick he was in bed from the moment we got back from day 3 at 6pm, until the very next morning at around 10am when we headed out for our new location. I had recovered somewhat from my frozen up neck and headed to dinner alone, intending to bring back some rice and potatoes for L to try and eat later if he felt better.

The staff at Ikoma noticed immediately that L wasn’t with me and didn’t waste time in asking what was happening. When they found out he’d gotten sick for the dinner the night before, they were so apologetic and didn’t make any excuses but to say that it happens. So they prepared a plate for him and even delivered it later on. He didn’t end up eating any of it but even in the morning they had brought him some breakfast, which he thankfully managed to eat a little of.

After we packed everything up into the Range Rover we said our goodbyes to the caring staff and met up with Suddy, who it turns out had also suffered from a bout of Delhi Belly and had spent all night in his quarters resting. So as we drove away from Ikoma, we drove slowly, the silence filling the cabin until the animals started being spotted. Driving a little slower than normal was the trick and we both started to feel a little better and then it was all forgotten when you come upon some animals you haven’t seen, before.

The highlight of the day was the Lions, again and we came upon two separate Prides. Two males lounging under a tree and a couple of females, one with a tracking device around her neck, sun bathing on some rocks with a tree at the top. You don’t notice it at first, but when you realise there’s a Leopard in the tree above the females, it’s an exhilarating feeling because you know it’s there and the Lions don’t. If they knew, they would attack it and most likely kill it. So the Leopard just sits there, being as still as possible until she can come down from the tree and head for safety. You can see her in the close up shot of the tree, and if you look closely, you can see the Lioness sitting right under her without noticing.

Across the way was a second set of boulders where 3 more females were basking in the sun. This time though, their leader was with them. A huge, beautiful male who looked like a king on his throne, looking down at all the jeeps that had surrounded his little rocky hill. We actually ate lunch at one such set of rocks that used to be a Lion spot but was no longer in use and we even got to see a Hyena up close.

On the way to the new campsite the heavens opened at it started to pour with rain and as we turned off the main dirt road and into the plains we came across a sole Lion, sitting in the long grass and looking incredibly miserable. With no protection in site, she would have to sit there until the rain stopped. Eventually it did and we got a bit of a fun ride through the bush on some muddy roads that made it feel like we were on a roller coaster! The last animal we saw for the day was what Suddy called “English Teacher” birds. Pretty ugly birds.

Even though it was New Year’s even, there wasn’t much to do but try and eat dinner and enjoy the sounds of the nature and the colours in the sky as the sun went down. We both ended up in bed asleep by 9:30pm, completely exhausted from illness, excitement and exhaustion. Tomorrow would be our last Safari Day before we headed on to Zanzibar for 9 days of nothing…. blissful, peaceful nothing. We chatted with Suddy about what was normal for a Safari and he said that 5 days was the maximum amount of time people generally need and can stand. Any more than that, he said, would be too exhausting and become boring for people. We think he was right. We were ready for the Crater… and for some beach.

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