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Don’t Go To These Camps/Lodges

During our trip to the Maasai Mara, we unfortunately witnessed a lot of humans behaving badly. This was during our view of the river crossing of the Great Migration. We were on the Mara Triangle side, the western part of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The terrible people were on the other side of the Mara River, on the eastern part of the Reserve. While we, and the other vehicles on the Triangle side stayed at an appropriate distance and made sure to not obstruct the animals, on the other side of the river the cars and trucks were ghastly. Not only did they block the entry to the parts of the river where the animals could cross, but they moved constantly. As soon as some wildebeest would find an area, a dozen cars would rush to that spot and wind up blocking the path. Part of the problem is that many people suck. The other part of the problem is that the Narok County Council, which manages the eastern part of the park, doesn’t …

The Great Migration

Not to be confused with the people migration that happens in Nairobi every year, this is the real Great Migration. We got to experience it on our trip to the Mara. So, what is it? The Great Migration is the mass migration of wildebeest, zebra, and other animals such as gazelle and impala. The animals move, sort of following the rains, to get to better pastures and drinking water. They move between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Of course, animals don’t care about political borders and the Serengeti and Mara are the same stretch of land. So, it’s a mass migration across this vast area. Timing varies depending on the rains but usually peak time is in August. (I don’t recommend going in August as the park will be teeming with obnoxious tourists. More on that in a future post.) We got to see it in mid-July this year as the herds crossed from the Mara to the Serengeti. We got to view the crossing of the …

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Home Leave

We spent much of August in the U.S. I’ll be honest, the trip was a mixed bag. I’ll start at the beginning. While still on the plane at JFK, we tried to use the Mobile Pass app. At first, we thought it didn’t work because it seemed to not go through. We got an error that our pass couldn’t be generated at that time. Actually the app did work, but I’ll get to that a little later. We got off the plane and then headed to immigration, where we scanned our passports. Both J. and I had a giant X printed on our resulting tickets. We were then shoved into a special line. No one would tell us what the X meant. No one would tell us about the line. In fact, the immigration people yelled at us. So, we stopped asking. There we were, standing in an incredibly slow moving line. We talked to our fellow line people. All of us had been flagged. We each had a ticket with either an X or …