Appreciating the opportunity to let my ankle rest after the severe sprain high on Kilimanjaro, I looked out the window of our Land Cruiser along with 5 of my teammates; the views simply stopped me cold.
Deep down I had always wanted to go on a safari in Africa but never thought I would have the opportunity. So with Kilimanjaro on my 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s agenda, and a short safari offered as an option; the opportunity presented itself.
After our Kilimanjaro summit, ambulance we flew from Arusha to the small Seronera Airstrip on the Serengeti. There a modified Land Cruiser picked us up with our drivers James and Emmanuelle from Wildersun Safaris; all organized by IMG. I jumped in James’s vehicle. With 24 years of showing visitors his animals, I was never disappointed. This man simply had a wealth of knowledge and presented it clearly and on demand.
For the next 2 days we drove around the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and throughout East Tanzania. I will post a complete album along with my Kilimanjaro photos but for now here are pictures of the so-called Big 5.
This monicker was developed from hunters who found them the most difficult of all African big game to hunt. They had amazing memories, ability to withstand the shot and a skill for avoiding hunters altogether. In addition they were know to turn the hunters into the hunted. James told stories of how these animals remembered hunters from previous years. I am not sure how they knew this but we know about Elephants and how they remember points as they migrate. Once again, I am struck what a critical role memory plays in life.
For the record the big 5 are lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. These are a few of the pictures I took over the last two days.
Memories are Everything