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Sep 21st, 2009, 05:31 PM
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Looking forward to more photos! I don't think I've checked your blog for a week so thank you for letting "us" know here when you've added stuff.

The drought is creating a very grim situation. I have been doing my rain dance steadily.
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Sep 23rd, 2009, 02:05 PM
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Mara highlights now added started on page 22. Here is the link again. Enjoy! Robin

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Sep 23rd, 2009, 02:57 PM
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You did a great job posting the pictures.

Iam not much of a picture poster but I rather send pictures to friends that request to see some.

I still have mine in the Camera Memory Card , this way I can hook the camera to the TV and watch them .

On the map you have a red dotted line from Nairobi to Serian , so I am assumg you flew this segment.

The sold red line you drove( right !?) but what is that dotted part from Aruha back to Nairobi !

Thanks for all the lovely pictures
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Sep 23rd, 2009, 03:20 PM
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Percy, I hope you have downloaded and backed up your photos. Those memory cards are notoriously unreliable over the long term.
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Sep 23rd, 2009, 05:08 PM
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Hi Percy!
We flew from Nairobi to Serian (1st dotted line) and then took a shuttle bus (Impala) from Arusha to Nairobi (2nd dotted line) - the latter was a huge mistake - longest 6 hours of my life - back row of a stuffy/hot and cramped bus along very dusty and rough roads. Never again! The rest of the route we self-drove. Robin
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Sep 23rd, 2009, 07:54 PM
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twaffle yes I have download them onto my computer.

I always have wiped out the memory card after I have down loaded the pictures onto my computer(from previous trips)....but this time I also took some short movies with my Canon ( Phd ) camera.

It is easier to watch the movies off the memory card when I attach the camera to the computer.

But yes as time goes bye I will format the card again.,for the next trip

The movies are all short and nothing longer than 2 minutes.

I tried to attach the movie icon in an e-mail to a friend so that he could see the Migration over the Mara River...

but it would not go...and almost shut down my computer Hmmm.

After I label the pictures ( I took 388 pictures )so you see I am not one of those that just clicks away !!!

For example.....I got four nice pictures of a Leopard....I felt I did not need 8 !!

My friend Randy took 642 pictures and filled up six disks on his Sony Camcorder ....which is good because he will then make DVD's for me.


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Boy can I identifiy with that ride you took from Arusha to Nairobi.

I had a double whammy..it was the same going to Amboslei and then I had to get from Amboseli to Nairobi Airport for my flight to Zanzibar..... I don't think there was a mile of road that was not under construction !!

Hey, but we survived we are back home ,in one piece and healthy ( still!)

Goodnight twaffle and canadian_robin
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Sep 23rd, 2009, 08:53 PM
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Thanks Percy, and good night to you as well.

Robin, I loved your Mara section of photos and report, especially the bits about the South West wilderness area. Managing to escape the crowds was well done.

The lions in the Mara, are of course, very well mannered and would never eat a self driving tourists!
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Sep 24th, 2009, 07:33 AM
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canadian_robin

Since you have watched the movie "Out of Africa" perhaps you might want to see (again) the John wayne movie title
"Hatari"

Hatari means Danger.

It was filmed in Arusha National Park and the Rhino scenes were filmed in Ngorongoro Crater.

When I was in Arusha and visted the Heritage Culture Centre, I bought a DVD entitled "Africa, The Serengeti" narrated by James Earl Jones..
the DVD
also has the John Wayne movie on it.

I saw Hatari many years ago but now it will have a different meaning and interest!

twaffle ...you watch the movie also !!!!
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Sep 24th, 2009, 08:43 AM
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Thanks Percy! I hadn't heard of Hatari - I will have a look for it. Robin
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Sep 24th, 2009, 04:20 PM
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I'm caught up again, so ready for more! Great photos. I'll need to look at a map with the special/private campsites in Serengeti to orient myself. There are a few Turners, aren't there? (Sorry, haven't been to TZ in 3+ years.)

I took the Nairobi-Arusha shuttle and didn't find it bad at all. Hmm, maybe I am tougher than I think I am.
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Sep 24th, 2009, 05:17 PM
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Thanks Percy, I have both the Hatari and Out of Africa DVDs and watch them often, although I get tired of the melancholy feeling I get with OOA.
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Yes it is rather sad to watch the Out of Africa movie.

Especially the way things turned out in the end.

Her home museum in Nairobi is a nice place to visit, more so if one knows some history about her.

The grounds are very nice and very spacious both in the front ,back and sides.

I thought to myself, "Boy this must have been quite the place in the 1920's "

Back in Copenhagen she has (had) a lovely huge home , white with a red roof.

Her grave site is at the back of the home .

(If you want to see a picture(s) of her home and gravesite email me at
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I have to watch Hatari againI have not even unwrapped the plastic wrapper on the DVD !..maybe this weekend !
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How odd to read "Hatari." A couple hours ago my husband called me to the computer to see the Elephant Walk clip on Youtube that he found. We didn't know what movie it was from but a little searching produced "Hatari."

I see Mara highlights are up. Good.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 04:03 AM
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A really great read! Excellent pics!

I enjoy both tremendously!

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Sep 25th, 2009, 04:51 PM
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Percy - I wish we had had the time in Nairobi to go to the KB museum. Next time!
Thanks SV! Robin
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canadian_robin - what kind of GPS did you have? Your own or did the vehicle come with it? We ar going to buy one for the SA and Namibia portion of our trip next February.

Thanks! Too bad you can't attend the Toronto GTG tonight! Watch for pics on the Canada Board.
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Sep 26th, 2009, 07:08 AM
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Hi Elizabeth!
We used a Garmin 60Cx. We purchased it before our self-drive through Botswana in 2008. Safari Drive does provide a GPS with their vehicles, but we wanted to be well familiar with it before heading off into the bush. We also took a course at the university to ensure that we knew what we were doing.

Wish I could be at the GTG - I would have enjoyed meeting you. Robin
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Sep 26th, 2009, 10:11 PM
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Hi Robin & Robert!
Many thanks for such a wonderful trip report, very well written with amazing photos! And what an adventure! I really enjoyed reading/looking through your webpage!

We have a couple of questions regarding the Maji Ya Ndege campsite in the Mara (we`re thinking of staying there ourselves on our next Kenya self-drive trip). How did you like that campsite? Would you recommend it?
What about safety? Did you have an askari/guard at your campsite during the night? Were you the only ones staying there at the same time?
Do you think it would be advisable to get a GPS for the Mara Triangle in order to find one`s way around the reserve & campsite locations or is a detailed map enough for the Mara Triangle/Masai Mara?

Many thanks in advance & looking forward to continue reading about your East African adventure! /Danny
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Sep 27th, 2009, 08:01 AM
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Hi Danny!
The Maji Ya Ndege campsite was lovely but, if I were to go again, I would ask for the campsite about a kilometre south of there known as Ndovu. It is a fairly new campsite, so not marked on all of the maps. We ended up at Ndovu on the day we arrived in the Triangle, thinking it was Maji Ya Nedge. The sites are not marked in any way, so they are difficult to find even with a GPS. Fortunately, the site was occupied and the folks on it were able to tell us that we were too far south. Both campsites are on the (Mara) river, but the actual clearing for the tents is closer on Ndovu - on Maji Ya Ndege, we had to be a little further from the vehicle when we sat on the edge of the river - trees prevented us from moving the 4x4 closer to the water. At Ndovu, the tents were right on the river's edge, so they had a constant and wonderful view of the river. We always felt a bit vulnerable when we were amongst the trees next to the river in our chairs - it would have been easy for a predator to creep up on us without our seeing them.

We did not have a guard and it was just the two of us on the site. At the time, I did not feel in any way unsafe - but you should read about the incident at Entim that happened shortly after our stay at Maji Ya Ngege - it gave me pause for thought. In that incident, the bandits escaped across the river into the Triangle south of the Maji Ya Ndege campsite.

http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...mp-in-mara.cfm

Also, I assume you have read my description of our incident on a special campsite in the Serengeti - see above on this thread. I know guards are recommended in some parks, but I had read nothing to suggest that it would be necessary for any of the parks/reserves we were visiting (Triangle, Serengeti, Lake Mayara, Tarangire). I would hate the idea of someone having to sit up all night to keep me safe - time to go somewhere else!

The GPS saved us many times. We were able to find GPS points for most of the campsites we stayed at and it was hugely helpful. The tracks to the campsites off the roads are not marked in any way (in the Serengeti and Triangle - they were well marked in Tarangire and Lake Manyara), and the tracks are very difficult to see. We sat on the road next to the track to Maji Ya Ndege and wondered if it could possibly be the track to the campsite (even after we knew we were in the correct area thanks to the folks on Ndovu). Also, we never would have found our way to the Triangle through the North Mara Conservancy from Serian without the GPS - there are no road signs whatever and tracks crossing in every direction in the North Mara Conservancy - without the GPS we never would have known which track to follow. You could probably find your way around the Triangle without a GPS - we used our map most of the time and used the GPS only to confirm where we were. However, depending on how you would be getting to the Triangle, I would highly recommend a GPS. The best paper map was the Masai Mara Visitor Map Guide - see page 1 of my report for details. Also, the Track4Africa map of Kenya and Tanzania on our GPS was incredibly helpful.

We hope to repeat this trip in 2011 or 2012, when we will be back in southern Africa for a year - in the meantime, I will certainly be watching to see if there are more incidents like the one at Entim (and if that incident is reported on the Mara Conservancy website or kept quiet).

Glad you are enjoying the report - I should be adding our trip to the Serengeti this week.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 03:58 AM
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Robin, thank you so much for your very helpful reply and all your suggestions! We`re following your adventurous trip report with great interest!
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