|Grant's Gazelle in the Crater|
Our drive through the crater was really fun, as all safari rides are! We saw many herds of wildebeest, zebra, African buffalo, and gazelle. Also warthog, hartebeest, ostrich, hippos, hyenas, and a few elephants. The highlight of our day was seeing lions, though! We were told over the car radios that we would find a pride of lions at a creek, and as we were driving over we got to see a female lion stalking wildebeest. That was my first time to ever see a lion! She didn’t make a kill, but after she gave up on the chase she walked across the road about 2 meters from our car! We got to see 4 cubs, two females, and a male lounging by a creek. They were all panting and trying to stay cool. Two of the cubs lay down under another safari car for a while!
It was awesome to watch them move – they are so powerful and graceful. As we were driving away from the lions we realized that our car had a flat tire. Sooo, our driver Moses and the student affairs manager, Erica, changed our tire as we sat in the car 75 meters from the lions! We weren’t allowed to get out of the car so we were on lion watch, instructed to warn Moses if they got to be 4 meters away. Moses was so calm and nonchalant, while all of us were bursting with excitement (and Erica was expressing some anxiety – she is such a good mom to us!).