Crossing from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara


Jul 2nd, 2005, 10:01 PM
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Crossing from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara

I came across a posting from someone with a company that said and I quote:
If you have your own vehicle it is easy to cross at the Bologonja Border post between the Serengeti and the Mara.If you are part of a tour group, the tour company must have a letter (special permission) to cross, otherwise no go.

I thought this might be of interest to a few people, as the idea of a long days drive around is not appealing, the cost of flying and changing planes can be prohibitive. Not to say the time saved is significant. I personally am not sure about this, as it was technically illegal on the Kenya side a few years ago. The Tanzanian border officials even suggested that if I could not 'make a deal' they would allow reentry to tanzania.
But, if I was planning to see both the Serengeti and the Mara with a tour company, I would pursue this.

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Jul 3rd, 2005, 02:47 AM
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It was me!

We drove up to the border post on May 30 and I talked to the chief warden himself.

Since we were in a vehicle registered to a Tanzanian operator, he wanted to see a special permission letter to cross into the Mara. My outfitter did not have such a letter (we did not plan to cross anyway).

The warden then said if I had a private vehicle (registered to me or rented by me when I am the driver)there will be no problems to cross back and forth. In fact, a private vehicle with an overlanding family crossed before us with no apparant problems.

They simply don't want hordes of tourists crossing since the gate is manned by a skeleton crew.

If you've been through the crossing at Namanga (a confusing & bustling place) this policy makes sense!

Anyway, that's how it was on May 30. It is Africa! Who knows how it will be a few months from now!
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Jul 3rd, 2005, 05:43 PM
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Hi Eben
Having made the crossing in the past, it was never the Tanzanians that were the problem. It was the Kenyans that made it difficult. For myself and others I have talked to, the Kenyans always demanded a bribe in their offhand way. When I crossed, they didn't take the carnet or basically do anything like stamp the passport. That is why I was wondering what they are doing today at the Kenya side. People have paid as much as $100/person for them to look the other way. And they and the vehicle weren't legally in the country till going to a customs office, getting insurance, registering the carnet, ect.

To make a story short, I notice that all the reports are from Tanzania to Kenya.
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Jul 29th, 2005, 09:58 AM
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Does anyone have current info about crossing the other direction, from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti? I wonder if it's possible to cross into the Serengeti for the day from the Mara side.
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