Our 2nd day of the safari took us into the Sergenti National Park, home to one of the seven wonders of Africa, the Serengeti Migration - which given the time of our visit, we were fortunate to experience. We were able to see first-hand, and very close-up, large groups of wildebeests and zebras making their "short rains" trek, the longest and largest land migration in the world.
Wildebeests "waiting in line"
But, to be honest, I think all of us became very quiet whenever we saw hippos at this point in the safari and beyond. At dinner, the first night, our guide, Swalehe, shared that his brother had been killed three years ago by a hippo when the kayak he was in turned over in a river. Swalehe said he was helping to raise his brother's son.
Having always just experienced these creatures from the safe view of a zoo, I had seen them as gentle giants - how wrong I was.
The Serengeti plains were breathtaking - pictures can't truly capture their beauty.
Next week: More Serengeti, intro. to Ngorongoro, and just why is that German couple following us around?