Man oh man Serengeti is amazing. I have never ever seen so many zebras in one place. Maybe close on 500 to 600 in a herd. Buffalo in separate herds of a 1000 each and wildebeest even more. It is a phenomenon that is unique to Serengeti. Everywhere you look there are these animals and then of course with so much food around you have the hunters there too.
Today was meant to be a fairly simple day and ended up being another crash and burn. We had planned to travel to the north of the Serengeti and then pass through the border into Kenya and then on about another 200km and we would be at our planned overnight stop. You guessed it, it was not to be. We did travel north at a speed of around 30 – 40km/h as the roads were not nice. After travelling around 110 km we got to the border only to find there was no border and we could simply drive across into Kenya but without stamp in our passport or the Carnet stamped. We both felt like drug smugglers. So it was all the way back to where we had come from, Seronera, to go to another gate that was supposedly closer to our campsite, now 110km away. This Serengeti gate too, we found one could exit the park at, but was nowhere near to cross into Kenya and we had now to go a long way west to the closest border post, Isebania, to go through into Kenya. We checked out of Serengeti just after 13:00 and got to the border at around 15:30. We had planned to be at the border by latest midday. The touts were pushing us and just by ignoring them and being polite and smiling they back off 30cm. Asking the customs officials what to do you got clear answers and moved through fairly easily. The officials got all excited with Stefan and wanted to x-ray his gear so the first aid kit and his bag were duly schlepped to the x-ray unit and scanned. Nothing found of course. It was now getting late and I did not want to be travelling around at 8pm looking for a place to stay so we chose a small town, Kisii, that we believed we could reach it by 6pm and ended up arriving at 7pm.
Our delays on the way were the struggle to get a simcard., which we only got late the next day and thus the delay in our blog. Sorry. We lost an hour with one shop who eventually admitted defeat and gave up. Cash we had a little of and fuel we had filled up in Serengeti so it was not a problem. At Kisii the people were super friendly. We stopped at a petrol station to try and get beer and they led us to a backdoor shebeen that sold us 2 six packs. As it was late and we would not cook for ourselves, instead found a small restaurant where we could have some food before moving through to the campsite
Stefan looked up potential campsites in Kisii and found the 7th day Adventist Campsite. Off we went to the Adventist headquarters and where the campsite was meant to be. We arrived late and were met by one of the teachers there who said we should not stay in the campsite as it was dangerous and allowed us to set up our tent on her soccer field. Stefan was our ambassador as I did not feel like talking to anyone after the full days driving on difficult roads and with ridiculous drivers. Stefan was invited into the building to meet with the management team and ended up speaking with the Dean and Rector of the school, who explained that the next day was a special sports day and he was honored to allow us to stay in his ground till the next morning. Stefan gave a small sponsorship towards the sports day and offered to open his doors in Germany should they be passing through. By the time he got back the tent was set up and our bed was calling. It had been a long disappointing day apart for soooo much game in the early morning. What a sight.