Serengeti

It took most of the next day to drive to the Serengeti National Park along a very corrugated road.

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On the way to the Serengeti we stopped at Olduvai Gorge where many prehistoric remains have been discovered, including what is thought to be man's oldest remains.

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While Maravitt sorted out our entry into the Serengeti we walked up the hill behind the entrance gate and had our first animal encounter - a lizard that followed us up the steps for quite a while.

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There were lots of lions around during our 2 day stay. This is the first one that we saw. He appeared to have found a sheltered spot for a rest!!

And this was the cutest one that we saw!

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This young hyena appeared to be mesmorised by us (or our vehicle) for several minutes before heading off into the bush.

Another lion just asking to be photographed.

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We were picked up at 5.20am for our balloon flight (organised by Serengeti Balloon Safaris). There were 2 balloons, each with 16 people in the basket.

The other balloon, as we were taking off.

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The flight lasted for an hour but it felt like 10 minutes!! As well as a fantastic view of the open plains we saw several animals, including elephant, cheetah and a porcupine.

After the flight there was a champagne breakfast under a shady accacia tree.

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We were very lucky and found a quiet campsite which the bigger vehicles couldn't get to. (The other site that we saw was abosolutely packed).

Part of a family of mongooses that we saw on several occasions at the campsite.

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