cape buffalo, Defassawaterbuck, elephant, flamingo, grey-crowned crane, helmeted guineafowl, hippo, Hyena, jackal, Ngorogoro, Ngorogoro Crater, Oldupai, Olduvai, Rhino Lodge, Tanzania, vervet monkey, warthog, Wildebeest, zebra
Lunch on Monday, 15th February was taken under shelter at the Oldupai (the locally preferred name to the colonial Olduvai) Museum. The renowned gorge is of great interest to anthropologists, archeologists and geologists.
We were given a talk, and I for one would like to have spent more time there, were it not that it was very, very, very hot, and air through our moving jeeps used to bring great relief. As it was, we did not arrive at Rhino Lodge, that night’s accommodation, until fairly late, but not too late to see these in the grounds before it got dark around 6.30 pm.
Another very early start the next day as we were going the wildlife treasure, the Ngorogoro Crater, and wanted both to see
and to beat as many of the other jeeps as possible.
We managed to find a rather out-of-the-way but approved spot to have our breakfast.
A drama unfolded before our eyes. This was the season when within three weeks thousands and thousands of wildebeest foals are born, in time for migration. They stand and can walk within a few minutes of birth. Prey animals love this time of course, and we saw hyena and jackals hanging around. At one point a mother and calf got separated – sadly it seemed that a tourist jeep was culpable – and our hearts were in our mouths as we saw the hyena looking to exploit the situation. The calf vainly sought its mother, and in turn attached itself to first one and then another adult female.
Amazingly, this jackal walked straight past these two – this is not the ‘right’ female – and the calf was able to rejoin the main herd, though we couldn’t tell whether it found its mother.
It’s getting very hot again.
(To be continued)