Masai Mara OR Serengeti in July??

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Feb 11th, 2006, 05:29 AM
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Re a direct crossing between the Mara and Serengeti - there is none, except for private vehicles with permit - not for tourist vehicles.

I just looked at the site you show above. Their crossing is to the west of the Mara along Lake Victoria and onto the Central/Seronera area of the Serengeti. This is going to be a very very long day of driving on pretty lousy roads, except for the one along Lk. Victoria which is paved.

Once you cross the border you have about a 3-hr drive till turn-off into the Serengeti (entering in the West) and another 3-4 hours to Seronera. I have no idea how long the drive from where you depart on the Kenya side... probably a few hours. Most of the day will be driving from one place to your final destination in the Serengeti.

Visitors generally cross at Namanga which is east of the Mara and Serengeti or as Isebania to the west as the itinerary you reference. If driving, whichever you choose, is very long.

So it is not a direct crossing between the two.
 
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Feb 11th, 2006, 07:27 AM
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Aby & OnlyMeOirish,

Your chances of spotting the gorillas on a given day are virtually 100%. ORTPN is very well organized, and so are the gorillas, who generally don't move very far from one day to the next. Each morning gorillas are tracked from their night-nests, with location radioed to the guides at HQ. Radio contact is maintained until the guides and visitors RV with the trackers. Since location of the gorillas is known before you even leave HQ, there is very little chance of missing them.

Sometimes a gorilla group may be unreachable - one group moves across the border into Congo occasionally, and is therefore off limits. There could be other reasons why a particular group can't be visited, but that rarely happens. The only way you would miss seeing the gorillas and not get a refund or another chance to see them is if you had a cold, flu, or other communicable disease, and didn't report it to the rangers. If discovered, you would be turned back and lose your money. You would get a refund if you wre honest and reported your illness.

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Feb 13th, 2006, 06:35 AM
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Sandi - Thanks for clearing that up - I knew I had to be missing something.

Heimdall - I'll keep taking that vitamin C and hope to stay healthy between now and July!

I have gotten a price back from Mpata Safari Club - $400 for two people per night including 2 game drives per day. I have e-mailed them back to doubly confirm the rate. Has anyone stayed here??? Any opinions??
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