Tuesday morning we arrived in Mwanza on the ferry. From there we grabbed a quick breakfast before heading off to the Serengeti for safari. It was a very nice sunny day for a game drive and we got lots of good pictures. We saw everything from antelope to zebras to giraffe. We also saw one of the Big Five, elephants! After a couple flat tires, we made our way to the campsite for the evening where we had a very good meal.
The next morning we got up early for a morning game drive in hopes of seeing some big cats. About an hour into the drive we spotted a male lion less then 50 meters from the road! We were all very excited about it and got some good pictures. I think a lot of us would have been content with seeing this but it only got better. About 10 minutes later we came upon a whole pride of lions! There were 5 or 6 females with about 10 cubs. We watched them play from a far for about a half hour before we went off-roading to get closer. Later on in the day we got lucky again, and spotted a leopard with two cubs hanging out in a tree. They were hard to see, but it was still very exciting because there are only about 40 leopards in the whole Serengeti! Throughout the day, we saw 4 out of the 5 Big Five animals. Our guide said this is very rare.
We are now back in Mwanza preparing for our flight this evening back home. There was a volcano that errupted in Ethiopia on Monday that has delayed some flights so there is a possibility that ours may be delayed. As of right now flights are going out and things are looking good.