We headed directly south to the Serengeti. It is essentially the Tanzanian half of the Mara. It covers approximately 30,000 square kilometers. As we are still here during the tail end of the wildebeest migration, we can still see the vast herds heading north to the Masai Mara.
Zebra neighs fill the air. We nearing a river which they are trying to cross. As countless zebras surge into the teeming waters, a nervous feeling fills the air. Then, in an instant, a flash of teeth, a loud whinny, and red coloured water. A crocodile has grabbed a zebra and killed it. During these migrations, the crocodiles gorge themselves. They may not eat for the rest of the year.
After setting up camp again, we visit Olduvai Gorge. Here, Louis and Mary Leaky uncovered the Olduvai hominid fossils. These represent some of the earliest known hominid fossils. The Olduvai Evolutionary Theory suggests that this gorge was the home of the first “humans.”
That night, we go to sleep next to the crackling fire, much like our ancestors, and for a moment, we seem to feel connected through the ages.
On our way out of the park reserve, we see a pack of wild dogs relaxing in the shade in an acacia tree. These wonderful creatures are extremely intelligent and efficient hunters. Unfortunately their numbers are quickly receding in Tanzania and across Africa, deeming them endangered. This reminds us that even though so much of this area is wild, there are still environmental problems, most of which are caused by social problems. Only we can change this wicked circle.