Tanzania: Serenegeti NP – Three Cheetah Brothers

In Serengeti, you can spot a cheetah often on top of a grassy mound surveying the surrounding plains in search of prey. Then they launch into the chase at full speed – a spectacle beyond description. Cheetahs are usually seen either as a female with cubs, a group of 3-5 males, or solitary. This was a group of three male brothers on a hunt – first they stood on a mount, then dispersed in different directions in tall grass, regrouped again and took another survey, and continued like this, until the cross the road right next to us (paying zero attention to us), and moving on across savanna on the other side. There were no antelope visible anywhere, otherwise we would have see a hunt. By the way, cheetahs are twice as fast as the top sprinter in the Olympics. The authorities at the National Geographic Wildlife determined that Usain Bolt would need a 40m gain to beat the cheetah. In short, Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter, will never outrun a cheetah, the fastest animal in the world!