We woke the students up at 5:45AM to get ready for our game drive. Some of the best times to see animals are sunrise and sunset. We piled into the big bus and the mini bus before breakfast for a trip around the Mikumi National Reserve.
Like the day before, we saw many different elephant families around the park. This would be a continuing theme for this trip. The “Tembo Trip” I guess we could call it. Tembo is KiSwahili for Elephant. The best area for watching wildlife on each trip into the park was the small hippo pool. We were able to see a large group of elephants with many young kids enjoying the water.
Along with the elephants, we saw zebras, giraffes, impalas, and warthogs. We witnessed an impala battle between two males, but it didn’t last long enough for a photo. The warthogs were one of my personal highlights. The kids just wanted to find lions.
And then, finally to the students glee, we came upon 4 lions. All female, sitting along side one of the tracks. They would get up and walk a few meters, then sit back down. Up again, a few meters, then back down. From what I heard this is pretty common and the lions have a couldn’t be bothered attitude.
At one point, they were just walking down the track in front of the bus, where one lion decided to take a rest.
My favorite photo is when I was fortunate enough to catch a sleepy lion yawning.
This is just one of the many reasons I love living in Tanzania.