Saturday, 17 September 2016

Serengeti NP: Finally back again after a 2 year absence

Kili and us back in the Serengeti after 2 years
It had been almost 2 years since we’d last been to the Serengeti.  Problems with our car had forced us to change our plans in December 2015, ending up in Tarangire instead.  This time we were determined to get to the Serengeti, although we were pretty worried about Kili (the car) as we’d suffered a broken timing belt and never-ending problems with the fuel pump over the last year and a half.  

But now all was fixed, and we were just hoping that Kili would survive the road from hell (a 100km stretch from the NCA gate to Serengeti gate) in one piece.
Vijiji Centre - pretty nice place to stopover on the way to Serengeti
Leaving at 6.30am from Dar es Salaam on Saturday morning, we had a few stops on the way to Usa River before getting there at around 5pm (yes, it takes us the whole day to do the 600km journey).  We had a bit of confusion trying to find our place to stay in the evening – Vijiji’s Centre – before pulling in there just before 6pm.  But soon we were relaxing with a beer and catching a couple of birds, like the Variable Sunbird and a couple of white-eyes.

Chill out in the garden to toast getting to Usa River
Dinner was a good local buffet before we caught up on some sleep after stressing to the receptionist that we wanted to make an early start.  They made good on their promise to have breakfast ready by 6.30 am and by 7 am we were heading into Arusha and onwards towards to the NCA gate.

Last night in a room with hot water before 5 nights of camping!

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