"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." (Mark Twain : The Innocents Abroad, 1869)

Friday, 12 March 2010

Our First Decision

We've taken our first decision - that is apart from deciding to go to Kenya and hiring a 4x4 - but the rest is still up in the air !

However, we are all sure we wish to visit the Massai Mara (to see where David Attenbourgh has spent much of his life) and, whilst we are there, that it would be good to have a real Africa experience.

So we are combining the two and have booked a few days at one of the Mara Triangle's Private Campsites.  After a bit of research - on the interweb and exchanging e'mails with Alex at Serian - we've booked the Kiboko Campsite.

The camp is situated in the Southern portion of the Triange about 4.5 miles as the vulture flies North of the Tanzanian border. For those who want to look it up on Google Maps and see how remote it is, its co-ordinates = S1°29'29.88" E 35° 2'9.99".

Located on the West bank of the Mara River, I think we can guess who will be close neighbours as Kiboko is Swahili for Hippo !  However, as the camp is unfenced it is probable that other neighbours will also pay us a visit at some stage.  Others, using similar sites, have had quite exciting visitors as they have recorded in their own blog.

It is a campsite in its strictest sense as there are no facilities - not even a long-drop toilet - and we will have to carry-in all our own food, drink and fuel.  However, it is in the middle of the Mara and nature has provided lots of trees under which we can find shady pitches for our tents.

There are a few restrictions :
    - no bathing in the river (Crocodiles !);
    - no feeding the animals (they may take more than you are offering);
    - don't stray more than 25 metres from the camp (no matter how fast you think you can run); and
    - no loud music (the animals aren't into discos and complain).

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