We had another great sleep last night! Today we headed off to the Serengeti! It took about 5.5 hours but we had some great stops in between. Our first stop was to a Masai Village, in the middle of nowhere. Ok so this was incredible; picture an African village from like the National Geographic and that's what it was. The tribe people were wearing colourful robes, with tonnes of beaded jewelery, massive earrings making huge holes in their ears and holding long sticks. They did a tribal dance for us and then showed us around the village. The village has huts in a circle...maybe around 30 of them. Real huts, made of cow dung and hay with the area in the centre to keep the cows at night. We went inside one and they were very small, approx 4 metres in diameter, and you had to crouch. There were literally dirt for floors, straw walls, cow hyde for beds, I can't even describe how out of this world it was. As we sat in there I was wondering what sort of disease I could be breathing (TB maybe?) The Masai people choose to live this way far from the towns; there is one chief who can have like 25 wives (and lots of kids). The boys get circumcised at approx 15 years of age and then have to live away from the village for 3 months to learn how to be warriors. You can see them walking around with black robes and there faces painted white...its really creepyand basically you can see the rest of the young boys walk with the cows all day. We saw the school which was also made of straw with the little kids and tiny little chalkboard tablets to write on, one boy counted to 15 for us..so cute I have this and their dance on video. They basically ask for donations by buying some of their bead necklaces in response for them letting us to come to their village. So yes Tyler and I did walk away with some bling that we will never probably wear again but we're ok with that because we were told they use the money very responsibly (to get a water truck to bring them water and fix the straw school). Our next stop was to a gorge which is an archaeological site where they found the skulls of humans from millions of years ago. The skulls show the progression from ape to human spanning millions of years, pretty cool. Tanzania is thought to be the birthplace of the human, so technically we're all from here! The 5.5 hour drive was incredily bumpy, now I know why the guide books say to bring a sports bra. We then made our way to the Serengeti and although we got there in the late afternoon we were not disappointed! First off, our lunch box not only had a piece of chicken, but also a vegetable samosa! Again the landscape is so different compared to the other two. It is flat plains, long grasses with very little trees (kind of like the praries) which makes it easier to find the animals ! The Serengeti is 14000 sq km and has over 2 million animals. We saw our first male lion and a leopard really close up (number 4 of the big five), its spots are beautiful. We also saw a female lion walking right past our jeep with 5 cubs following. When Tyler made a kissing sound the cubs laid down so we got some good shots! As for other new animals, we ended the day with seeing crocodiles, gazelles, a jackal and the ugly hyenas. Our camp tonight is literally in the middle of the Serengeti. We have a very big tent with a king sized bed and the bathroom amenities are very interesting. The sink is attached to a bucket, so all your water goes into the bucket. If you want to take a hot shower, you have to tell the workers 10 minutes before and they heat up the water and come to your tent, pour it into a bucket that is attached to your shower head and there you go, you have a shower. I know it sounds bad, but it's kinda cool how they can do this, not to mention dinner was delicious too! At every other lodge the safari guides are ushered into another area but here they eat with you which is nice. We really like our tour guide, his name is Hassim and he has been doing this for 17 years so he knows the parks like the back of his hand, knows all about animals and drives the jeep like crazy. During our walk back to our tent after dinner we spotted some hyenas, so I have a feeling it'll be a sleepless night.