|Tuesday 14th August - Kenya - Masai Mara
This morning we drove in convoy with Corinna and Joerg. From Narok the closest entry gate to the Masai Mara is about 1 hours drive away. Somehow we ended up bypassing that gate and entering the park via the more easterly gate. Within a short period of time in the park we saw zebras, warthogs and gazelles. We also came across a few wildebeests and in the distance we could see herds of wildebeests on the hillsides.
We drove through the park to the southerly Sandriver gate. This gate is right on the border between Kenya (Masai Mara) and Tanzania(Serengeti). We had hoped to get to a river by about 2pm as wed heard that the wildebeests cross the rivers about that time and river crossings are often the most dramatic things to witness in the migration. The river at Sandriver gate is fairly shallow and narrow, but still the animals speed up and race across the dip. As we arrived at the gate, the park official indicated for us to hurry. We jumped out of the cars and ran down to the river in time to see hundreds of wildebeests and zebras thundering past. Looking into the Serengeti we could see a long stream of animals winding its way towards us.
When things quietened down, we got back into the cars and drove westwards into the Masai Mara. This meant that we drove right through the herds that wed just watched. It was awesome to see so many wildebeests so close. There were thousands of them. We would drive for a bit and think wed reached the end of them, get to the top of a rise and look down to see thousands more ahead of us, like black flies covering the grass.
We drove on for a few hours towards Serena Lodge where there is a public campsite. We stopped to visit the hippo pools on the way so Alasdair could get his first glimpse of them. By this time it had started to rain and there were very dark, threatening clouds accompanied by flashes of lightning and rumbling thunder. Although it looked like we were in for a soaking, the clouds passed us by and we had a very pleasant evening around a campfire with Corinna and Joerg. The campsite was basically just a grassy space without any facilities.