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Tales from the Serengeti - Episode 16: "Unforgettable"

Posted June 19th 2013 by: Bob House

Last night was our last evening in the Serengeti. As usual Brad went to bed early. Eivin, who usually sat up with me enjoying some type of libation, had left earlier in the day to meet with one of his students in Karato and would meet us at his place in Arusha Wednesday evening. Since Eivin was gone and Brad was in bed, I had the porch all to myself.

Brad and I had spent the day trying to capture some more of what the Serengeti had to offer on film. As Larazo drove us around the Serengeti, never failing to find exactly what we were looking for, Brad and I both commented on how much we'd like to stay longer. It is such a unique place and yet very welcoming and very peaceful.

So that last night I sat on the porch all alone. After finishing my cigar and nightcap I closed my eyes. It didn't take long for my mind to be filled with images of all I'd witnessed throughout the Serengeti during these last six days. The night air was alive with the voices of crickets and birds. Off in the distance there was the baying of a lone wildebeest calling to its herd. Then the howl of a hyena moving through the night in search of something to scavenge reached my ears. I could picture the hyena as it moved East to West. As the hyena's howling faded in the distance I heard the cry of a lion announcing to others to stay away from its territory. All of this was accompanied by the wind whistling through the trees and the deep grass surrounding the cabin. For more than an hour I remained absolutely still as I sat with my eyes closed listening and trying to commit all I was hearing to memory so that when I was home once again I could sit outside on a summer evening, close my eyes and hear it all again.

I am so grateful to have had this experience and can only wish all of you who are reading this could be here with me or some day experience this yourself. In my wildest dreams I couldn't have imagined that such a place exists. It will be very difficult to leave the Serengeti tomorrow but nothing I've witnessed here will ever fade from my memory.

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