The first place David took us was Amboseli National Park. We flew there in the morning and we were able to see Mount Kimimanjaro, which is the biggest mountain in Africa. There was a big herd of elephants there and one of them was named Echo. Echo is a famous elephant because somebody has been researching her for a long, long time and even made a movie about her. Echo is easy to pick out because she has really big tusks and one of them is crooked. She's the leader of a big herd and we got to see her and her family pass right by our jeep.
On one of the game drives, we saw a whole bunch of hyenas relaxing on some rocks by the water, so we called it "hyena beach." Later that day, we saw a really newborn wildebeest! We were all excited to see the baby get up and walk, but because it was so windy, it had a hard time. It takes humans about a year to walk, but this baby wildebeest walked after only 15 minutes. It was super duper cool to see. The next day when we were walking around our lodge we met some of the workers who were taking care of an orphaned wildebeest baby they found. It was really cute and they allowed us to pet it.
Another cool thing about Sweetwaters was the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The chimps were there, away from people who try to keep them as pets or tourist attractions, who don't treat them properly. There were also some chimps there that had been orphaned, so they couldn't live in the wild. When we were there, the chimps were making a lot of racket because they were fighting over these nuts they were being fed. I loved seeing the chimps! One cool thing about them is that they are like humans with fur. You can tell them apart because they all look different and have different skin colors. Also, chimps only use four fingers but they can use their thumb if they want to. They're really smart and they use tools. The chimps will put a stick in a termite mound and then put it in the hole to "fish" for termites that get trapped on the sticky saliva the chimps coat the stick with. Then, they get their yummy snack.
Our last stop with David was the Masai Mara, where at first we saw huge crocs and hippos. We had an all day game drive there and at the place where we stopped for a picnic lunch, there was a whole bunch of dried "dung" (animal poop) around. David gave me and Ty a flat stick and we started playing dung baseball. It might sound really gross that we were playing with poo, but all that dung was from zebras and wildebeest and was really just dried grass. I threw a piece of dung at Tyler and then all three of us ended up having a dung fight. It was like an African version of a snowball fight. We had such a blast.
On our very last game drive, another jeep saw a leopard kill an impala and they told us about it. We rushed to the leopard, but we were too late, a hyena had stolen the leopard's meal. The leopard came back while the hyena was still eating the impala and she sat there watching the hyena. Then, just when we thought the hyena was going to eat the whole thing like a hamburger, the hyena took a leg and left. Then, the leopard was free to eat. While we were watching, we noticed that the leopard had a cub and the cub was actually scaring some other hyenas away. What an exciting ending to all our safaris!
Now we're off to Egypt ...