After a long cold day of clouds and threatening rain, we were rewarded, just before sunset, with this incredible rainbow over the Masai Mara in Kenya. It was truly magical, and we watched in awe as it began to appear, and then darken. It was beautiful, but there wasn't much light, so we just watched. Then, like magic, The sun peeked down on the planet through the tiny window of clouds for all of 3 or 4 minutes before it sank. A truly magical moment, not just for us, but for the Defassa Waterbuck and the Impala also caught in the light.
In the Serena Valley of the Serengeti in Tanzania, we came upon these two Defassa Waterbucks at war. The sound was impressive, and the fight was brutal. The fight had started before we spotted their horns far off in the high grass. We parked on the road fairly far from them, and watched in awe as they came closer and closer to our vehicle. We watched the fight for a full 5 minutes as it crossed 2 roads and meandered across huge tracts of plains. The animal on the left, the darker one, eventually won out, and the lighter colored one took off as fast as he could run. We followed them for about 1/2 a mile before we lost them in a wooded area far from any roads. The sounds of their horns clashing and their heavy breathing and grunting will stay with me for a long time.
Towards the end of a long day driving from the Serena Valley, in the Serengeti, to Lake Ndutu, we came upon this Jackal trotting quickly through the plains. As he got closer, he suddenly lay down to get a better look at our vehicle. It was just a moment as he readjusted his snack, but in that moment, with his curious face and his folded ear, he looked more like a puppy with a toy than a wild predator.