The camp I stayed at for four nights in Northern Serengeti is the Sayari Camp, part of the Asilia group of camps and lodges. Lying across the border of Kenya by the famed Mara River, this is where the migratory herds of wildebeest brave the crocodile-infested waters of Mara River to reach the grasslands of the south this time of the year. Sayari Camp is comprised of 15 tents spaced 20 to 25 meters from one another. There is a main camp with a lounge and dining room where it opens up to a pool overlooking the game-rich plains. The game…
Circle of Life
In full view in Serengeti in Tanzania, is the inter-connectedness of each living animal. From birth, to full life, and into death – either due to kill or sickness.
The Great Migration
The main reason I went to the Serengeti National Park is to witness what has been dubbed as the “greatest show on earth” – the annual migration of the hoofed animals. Of course, I wish to spot the Big 5 game animals as well, namely, the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and the black rhinoceros, but that was not my main purpose. This time of the year, the herds are to be spotted in Northern Serengeti close to the Maasai Mara (by the Kenyan border), as they head south in anticipation of the rains. The hillier and heavily vegetated area in this northern…
The 90 minute bush flight from Arusha takes me to the Kogatende airstrip — to my final destination in Tanzania — the northern section of Serengeti National Park. This 14,763 sq. km. wilderness park is where Africa’s mystery, rawness and power surrounds you. Meaning “Endless Plain” in Maasai, Serengeti was named a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1978 and an international Biosphere Reserve in 1981. The ecosystem here supports some of the most plentiful mammal populations left anywhere on earth. The sense of vastness and expanse of short-grass plains is broken by occasional rocky outcrops or elegant solitary acacia trees — that would remind one of giant bonsais….
Jambo (hello)! After a 10-hour flight from Toronto and an 8 hour stopover in Istanbul, I board another flight — this time for another 6.5 hours to bring me to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. And no, I am not here to hike the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. Arriving at 1:20 am local time, I am driven for an hour to the city of Arusha for a short shut eye before I catch a bush flight to my final destination in Tanzania. Arusha is a cool, lush and green town near the foot of Mount Meru and fringed by coffee, wheat and maize estates. So it is no wonder that…