A beautiful place….

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Just been trying to get two tents for three consecutive nights at one of the remote and lovely little camps in the northern Serengeti for September this year and it’s already proving a problem!   Why? Well it seems word is finally spreading that the northern Serengeti is just the same as Kenya’s Masai Mara but without the crowds!  Beautiful scenery, big prides of lion, great herds of eland and when the migration is there, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra!

Then of course there’s the opportunity of seeing river crossings where the migration braves the waters and crocs of the Mara River, and all of this in an area about the same size as the Mara but with perhaps a tenth of the bed space, or less, all in small, even tiny, personal camps.

Go before everyone else does!  If you need help, get in touch at andrew@journeyintoafrica.com

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Kopje Cats

If the death of the baby elephant on Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ series was heart-rending stuff, the sequence of the Agama lizard eating flies around the sleeping lion, was pure fun!

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Dozing Lionesses on the Kopjes.

All the big cats climb onto the Kopjes, the huge granitic outcroppings of the Serengeti, probably for the view of both potential enemies and potential prey and for the cooling winds. But also possibly, simply because they’re there.

If you ever spend time in the great short grass plains of the Serengeti, (and I strongly recommend you do!) you too will feel a huge pull to climb up on those great and ancient rocks and survey the magnificent scenes around.  They’re also a fantastic place for a sundowner and often truly spectacular African sunsets!

Kopjes in the Serengeti Plains

Kopjes on the short grass plains of the Serengeti

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A Serengeti cheetah ‘super-mum”s brood!

For other pictures of the Serengeti and it’s magnficent kopjes and wildlife, visit the Flickr gallery on my website at www.journeyintoafrica.com under Tanzania.

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African Elephants Cooling Off

This is the first Journey Into Africa blog, if you like it, let me know, if you don’t, still let me know….
Last Wednesday was the first ‘ Africa ‘ program by David Attenborough, if you didn’t see it you can still get it on iPlayer and this week’s episode promises to be as good. The filming, as always, was fantastic and I’m often asked if it’s possible to actually go on safari to Africa and see the sights shown on this and other similar documentaries. Well, the short answer is yes, but you need to be in the right place at the right time and have enough time to actually watch and wait for the action to unfold.
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A peaceful Giraffe at sunset


That classic scene of the two male giraffe fighting can be seen quite regularly on safari, it has to be admitted not with quite the same aggression, usually more Audley Harrison than Mike Tyson, but those long necks and boney heads generate plenty of force and the impact is audible! Scenes around the waterholes can be found in any great wildlife area during the dry season: try Botswana, Zambia or southern Tanzania during August to October – elephant and hippo and many other species everywhere there’s water, in huge concentrations.

If you missed the show you can catch it on BBC iPlayer:
I can’t wait to see the next installment on BBC1 at 21:00 tonight (09.01.13) Don’t miss it!
If you’re dreaming of your own African adventure, make sure you visit my website http://www.journeyintoafrica.com/
Or give me a call on 01743 850043