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Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park Camp near Arusha . Saturday 11 July. Week 12, Day 91.

 

“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You're on your own.

And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss.

 

Meserani is serving its purpose well as a refuge for my recuperation. Although simple, it has adequate and convenient facilities and with satellite TV and we will be able to watch some sport this afternoon. Yesterday the campsite was chockablock with over 100 overlanders but even this was a pleasant diversion as it was nice to have young people around and to watch them setting up their tents. Many were still in the early stages of their travels so there was plenty of amusement. It is just as well that there is a weekend in the way to force me to spend a little longer convalescing.

At present the plan is to go to Tanapa bookings on Monday morning and book 6 days in Serengeti, the first 3 in a special campsite around the Seronera area. The herds are no longer here but all have advised that this is a great area for predators. Then will follow 2 nights at Lobo Public Campsite, the advice being that this site is seldom crowded and a special camp is not needed and should give us excellent access to the herds in the northeast. Then on the way out 3 nights in a special campsite in the western corridor to spend some time with the more westerly arm of the migration. By all accounts we have struck some luck with our timing and may see some crossings along the Grumeti (which although narrow, is apparently fuller than usual) or Mara Rivers . We shall see!

Prior to entering Serengeti we have also decided to spend 2 days in the Ngorogoro Conservation area, overnighting on the rim and entering the crater early the next morning and paying the ridiculous US$200 each crater entry fee, overnighting again on the rim, before driving leisurely to Naabi Hill Gate. We have been advised that this stretch of road remains terribly corrugated and we will then be able to take it very slowly. This will give us ample time to explore the Masai Village and Olduvai Gorge before entering Serengeti. For this second day we will not have to pay the crater entry fee, only that for NCA entry and vehicle fee. If we are staying in the western corridor we should have ample time to exit Ndabaka Gate before our permit expires.

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