Day 7 – 10 – Exploring Western and Central Serengeti
We stayed at Lahia for three nights. During the days we headed out in different directions to look for wildlife. We saw many leopards, lions, hippos, giraffes, birds… On the last night staff treated us to a sundowner on the next hill over, where the owners house is located. They had enough alcohol and snacks for an army, but there were only three of us – Kathy, Michael and me, and, of course, the Maasai guard.
On day 9 we left Lahia for two nights at the Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge – owned by the same company. You will see the similarities in accommodations. Our lodge was almost the last one away from the main lodge. A guard was required for trips to the main lodge at night. There were many guests at Kubu Kubu and the Central Serengeti is much busier so you see many more safari trucks – and they are not all well behaved. Unfortunately on day 9, the travelers friend Montezuma hit me. That did make the drive back toward Arusha a bit dicey.
There are many photos in this album – accommodations up front, then animals. A few photos and animals surprised me – either I mis identified the animals initially or didn’t remember taking the photo at all!
Ran into a bit of weather but it didn't interfere with our game drives.
Driving in weather
The center area of the main lodge is open to the weather. Luckily it stays dry around the perimeter
Tangawizi arrived at Kubu Kubu. Man, I look tired!
View from our lodge at Lahai
Kubu Kubu cabin.
Zebra right outside the main lodge at Lahia. The youngsters are brown.
If you ever wondered if zebra are black with white hair or white with black hair, this photo seems to show that their skin is black under the hair.
Beautiful sunset over the savanna
View from the sundowner - the building is the owners home when he is onsite.
Sundown at Lahai
Sundowner on our last night at Lahia with our Maasai guard.
Enough snacks and alcohol for the three of us? We sat there until dark and then some.
Staff hauling our luggage up from our lodge.
Beautiful scenery near Lahia.
Typical road block
Hippos in panorama
Hippos, big and little.
Leopard tortoise, not happy about the rain.
Black-bellied Bustard. About half the size of the Kori bustard but still impressive.