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Friday, June 11, 1999
Seronera, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Seronera, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania:
Latitude: 2° 25' 5" South
Longitude: 34° 51' 18" East
Altitude: 4550 feet
From Seattle: 10694 miles
Lodging: Camp - Digidigi Camp Site

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Today's Travel:
Country: Tanzania
Region: Mara
Weather: Partial Sun

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Elephant Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Elephant Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Elephant Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Hyena Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lionesses with zebra kill Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Hyena and zebra Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebra and Wildebeest Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Two Lionesses Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebras with Giraffes in background Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebras with Giraffes in background Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebras and wildebeests Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Thompson's Gazelle Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Kori Bustard Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Giraffe Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Giraffe Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Hippos Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Hippos Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Hippos Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Two Zebras Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Hippos Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 792
Linear Dist: 146107
Countries Visited: 57
Regions Visited: 228
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Hotels: 237
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 116
Hostels: 217
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
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Journal Entry:
Woke up early by the noise of an overland group leaving at 5:30. First wild life of the day was a scorpian just outside tent, it was only a small one, but still could have skipped it. Had breakfast, then went to pick up Lois. We were the last people to leave the campsite - every single group had cleared out hours ago. The higlight of the day was three lionesses with zebra kill. Our driver scared off one of them, and almost the other two, but they came back when they realized the hyenas were moving in to clean up. The kill was obviously a few hours old as there wasn't much left of the zebra. It was pretty gruesome, but also absolutely facinating - I think I took about twenty pictures of the kill alone. Saw lots of zebras, but not the thousands we wanted to see migrating. Possibly saw a cheetah, but we never saw the ears move so we weren't sure. Many hippos - including a couple out of the water in the middle of the day!

Back at the campsite for lunch, then the real highlight of the day - snuck into Lois' room for hot showers. Not that it really mattered as ten minutes into the afternoon drive we were absolutely filthy again. Didn't see much on the evening drive. But the lionesses were so cool this morning it didn't really matter. Dropped Lois off back at her hotel. Had a good diner - at least our cook is good. Aretha and I played cribbage for a bit. Before going to bed Terry, Aretha and I decided we wanted to go go on an early morning game drive like all the other groups do, instead of waiting until 7:30 / 8:00 to leave like our driver always wants to. "Massai" (our driver) is not happy about this, but we insist and he finally gives in.

[Original entry lost - Reconstructed from notes May 2, 2000]


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Tanzania
CIA World Fact Book: Tanzania

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