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Sep 2nd, 2005, 07:53 AM
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Janet,

In July/August the migration is mainly in the Mara Triangle, about 50 km west of the Cottar's location. This year the herds took a more unusual route entering Masai Mara at the Sand River, still west of Cottar's. That doesn't mean that you won't see herds of animals in Cottar's area, however, at this time of the year the camp is definitely not located in the migration path.

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Sep 2nd, 2005, 10:56 AM
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Hi Janet

In the Mara during migration I enjoy having the action to come to me (instead of me looking for it as is common elsewhere).

I pack a brunch box and head out early in the morning from Little Govs or nearby camps. I then find a hill top in the midst of the herds, park the car and wait with cameras ready! Very soon a jackal, or hyena or cheetah or even lion will appear within the 360 degree view and then the excitement begins! The good thing is that one can see for miles!

While waiting, we listen in on the radios in case a river crossing happens - 'normally' during the warmer parts of the day. Then we rush down to the river to hopefully see the crocs in action. It is amazing to watch how the zebra actually fight back - biting and kicking and they often win!

Cottars is outside the park at the opposite side away from the popular crossing areas. It think it is also a bit too far from the cat areas - the Big Cat Diaries TV team sets up camp near Govs camp for good reason!

Here are some pics that confirms the posting from Mitch:

In July, you can see the spread near the Sand River

http://www.atta.co.uk/heritage/Migra...0Issue%204.jpg

In August, the movement is clearly to the west of the Sand river.

http://www.atta.co.uk/heritage/Migra...0Issue%207.jpg

Cottars is at the bottom right just outside the park. In Jul/Aug it is not in a prime position for the migration.
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 11:01 AM
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climbhigh,
While you're online: have you ever done/what is your opinion of Nomad tented camping in the Serengeti? We are considering it for next June.

Sorry Voramar, for momentarily hijacking your thread.
And I hope you enjoy the Mara!
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 11:24 AM
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Hi Leely

No, I have no personal experience with Nomad camps (yet). But I can tell you that they are highly respected by all I know in the upscale mobile safari world!
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 01:18 PM
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climbhigh,
Thank you. As a decidedly downscale traveller, I guess I'll enjoy the change.
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 02:01 PM
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No preferred hotels/lodges/camps.

We visited Cottar's in the beginning of June when it was practically empty, except for one family of four, the first nite only. So we didn't see any red (or any other color) carpet. Sorry, unless you consider green - lots of green lawn, trees, bushes. I guess the only preference received was the "potty" provided for our long road transfer clear over to the opposite end of the Mara - from SW to NE.

I cannot say whether Calvin Cottar is always at the Camp - probably not. Most host/owners also have a residence in Nairobi and with young children who are probably schooled in NBO, I'm sure any father would like to be called "dad" rather then "uncle daddy."

As to a guest wishing to have Calvin Cottar as their guide, it only makes sense that such request be put in ahead of time, not at the last minute.

It's most unfortunate that Canechick had the experiences she did, but I'm sure that since this issue has been brought to Mr. Cottar's attention, it will be acted upon.
 
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 02:40 PM
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Eben,

Do you have GPS coordinates of camps in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro?

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Sep 2nd, 2005, 02:53 PM
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Hi Mitch

Yes, I do - including the camp sites! I am actually in the process of loading them into Google Earth/map to post somewhere. Are you looking for one in particular?
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 03:35 PM
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Eben,

Apparently we have similar thoughts. Could you please contact me at http://www.bwanamitch.net/About/Contact.e.html

and please, give me some time to answer - currently I'm not at a location where I have access to my personal mail.

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