After a good night’s rest to recovery from all of the jostling in the vehicle we woke up around 7:30 for breakfast and a late morning game drive. We were debating about going on an early morning game drive, which would have been spectacular to see the sunrise…but was quickly brought back to reality after realizing how tired we were from the previous day’s journey. The Day 1 Afternoon Safari ended on a high note with a lion cub sighting…actually 4 lion cubs playing around while 2 lionesses were relaxing.
During this drive, we had SEVERAL high notes. We came across a pair of lion’s playing around on the road. The driver parked the car on the side of the road and the lion just walked right up! I poked my head out of the side window and he was literally only a couple of feet away! He decided to just plop down in the shadow of the vehicle. We took pictures from above. AWESOME!
We then made our way to the border between Tanzania and Kenya. I crossed over to the Tanzania side, although I don’t technically have any passport stamps to show for it…but it really did happen.
Next, we went a little further to the Mara River. We saw a pod of hippos resting on the opposite bank. They are huge…and a bit lazy.
While we were taking pictures of the hippos. A little monkey befriended us. He was even willing to take a picture shaking hands with me…sort of. The camera just couldn’t quite catch it in time. This is one of the moments that I wish we had a DSLR to take pictures faster.
As we were leaving the Mara River, a buzz came over the radio. Another vehicle had just seen a group of cheetahs nearby. We quickly rushed over and had to wait behind a line-up of other vehicles. We didn’t know what the fuss was about…and then we saw a little head pop out of the bush! What an amazing site!
As our vehicle circled around, we saw that there was more than one cheetah cub. There were 4 cheetah cubs enjoying a morning snack with an adult cheetah.
The giraffes in the park were also clammoring for attention. Several of them decided to cross our path on the way back to the lodge. What a way to end our morning drive!