Excitement reigned as the ODP Safari group left early this morning for Ndutu and Serengeti.
Now, this sounds quite straightforward - a four hour drive is a cinch, or it should be.
Not so much this time.
A challenging road (well road is a polite word for the track) and a world covered in dust. Powdery, soft, clingy dust.
But this is what photographers love and the conditions provided excellent photo opps.
The tented camp at Ndutu is in a beautiful setting under acacia trees, and everyone checked in and unpacked speedily.
After lunch everyone was keen to see what the area has to offer.
The first highlight was a pride of seven lions, dozing peacefully. Not for long, though. They soon stretched, stood up,
and started to stroll down a dry river bed toward Ndutu Lake. They ambled on for about 500 meters, giving ample time for very satisfying photos. They stopped at a fresh water hole, and drank thirstily.
At this stage, the weather changed, and rain started, changing the entire mood of the scene. Great! - more wonderful photo opps as the lions shook their heads and manes, sending the raindrops flying.
Shortly after, the group encountered a leopard posing most obligingly on a branch stump.
After even more excellent photographs from all angles, it was time to return to camp.
The day drew to a close with dinner around a campfire, everyone discussing the wonderful sightings and photographs each had taken.
What could tomorrow bring .... ?