Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

The Great Migration (1)

Every year, thousands and thousands of animals roam the African plains, following the water. Huge herds of zebra, gnu, and antelopes make a grand tour, mindless of international borders. “Wouldn’t that be a sight to see?” Adventure Man and I asked each other, and decided “Yes!”

One of our favorite outfitters, CCAfricxa (for Conservation Corps Africa) offers special tented camps following the great migration, and we really enjoy travelling with them, so we book into several of the camps, and at the end, book ourselves into another of our favorite places, the CCAfrica lodge on Mnemba Island with more photos of Mnemba and Zanzibar here.

We overnighted in Arusha, then flew out of Arusha International Airport to Grumeti lodge. This is what Arusha International Airport looks like:
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This is where you look up your flight going out:
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The trip was off to a great start when we got to Grumeti Camp. The colors of Grumeti are red and purple; we go to our cabin to clean up and then we have lunch outside, down near a bog full of hippos, who grunt from time to time. This is our bed in the Grumeti Lodge:

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Two days at Grumeti, and oh what fun from the very beginning. We see huge herds of Gnu. Here is what a Gnu sounds like:

Gnu: Hunnh? Hunnh? Hunnh? Hunnh?

It never varies.

Gnu: Hunnh? Hunnh? Hunnh? Hunnh? Hunnh?

Here is what a gnu looks like:
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There are thousands of them. They know where they are going, and sometimes they go single file and sometimes they go in great bunches. We did get to see gnu (plural) crossing a stream, but the alligator wasn’t anywhere near and I think he had recently eaten:

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Here is something very cool. This is what the alligator’s trail looks like:
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The Great Migration also includes huge herds of zebra, and the males are constantly trying to keep the females from roaming off. So zebras will all be quietly munching grass and then one male will go heee-hawing around trying to keep other young virile zebras from making off with his females until one day he gets too old and the younger zebras can steal his women, errr, zebra-females.

Thousands of zebra everywhere. . . these ones are drinking while not 100 feet away, a lion is resting. He looks like he has feasted recently, and is not too interested in the remaining thirsty zebra – not right now, anyway.

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Next chapter: We go to the CCAfrica tented camps to follow the great migration.

December 28, 2007 - Posted by | Adventure, Africa, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Local Lore, Lumix, Marriage, Mating Behavior, Photos, Tanzania, Zanzibar

6 Comments »

  1. Whoooa africa! Lol the bed in the cabin looks really interesting, hope it’s clean!

    It’s quite lovely seeing the Zebras drink water! and it’s amazing how they know the lion’s harmless cuz he’s full!

    Looking forward to the next chapter!

    Stay safe and have fun!

    Comment by kaileena | December 28, 2007 | Reply

  2. im intrigued… more updates with pics on ur trip plz! and enjoy!

    Comment by Mrm | December 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. Kaileena – sparkling clean. CCAfrica does it right. (No, I don’t work for them and I don’t get a commission.)

    Mrm – I think YOU would enjoy a trip like this, too. Or maybe you already have?

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 28, 2007 | Reply

  4. That is amazing!
    Can’t wait to see more!
    🙂

    Comment by rainmountain | December 28, 2007 | Reply

  5. i havent yet, but it will be next on my list of places to visit!
    and i just noticed that its snowing on ur blog. fun.

    Comment by Mrm | December 28, 2007 | Reply

  6. Oh Rainmountain – if you could see the whole collection! I’m just trying to share a very few that tell the story, rather than boring you with all my photos.

    MrM – I have a feeling you would like this trip. Snow – every wordpress blog can have it until January 2. You can read the newest WP bulletin, or you can go to presentation, go to extras, and click on “give me snow until January 2nd!” It’s so easy! I thought it was kind of funny to have it snowing in Africa.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 28, 2007 | Reply


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