After yesterday excitement we had a bit of a lie in, then down the lake and got some nice pictures of flamingos
and a line of wildebeest crossing the lake. Next we drove up to the
Naabi Hill checkpoint to find out where our next camp site was (no
joy) but in doing so we found a list which showed that many of the
special camp sites had had name changes, all the maps and signposts are in the old version. Last night
Omaha had taken us to the right place, if we had seen this table, or
Safari Drive had told us we could have found it ourselves!
the road from Naabi Hill there were 10 safari vehicles all looking at
one cheetah. He was right next to the road, perhaps he knows he will
attract attention but in turn that will blind his prey, they don't
associate cars with danger. We
took a couple of pictures and then drove on to find our camp site.
We were there by 12.30, unfortunately so were a gang of workers
putting up a tented village. It looks like we are double booked.
to the Ranger Post which is nothing of the sort, it is three bedrooms
where rangers sleep.
The ranger I found was not very helpful and
just gave me the number of the office to ring. There is no mobile
phone signal in this part of the Serengeti. I was beginning to have
one of my turns so we tried calling Liz in Arusha on the satellite
phone, no answer, so I called their office in the UK. Ollie said he
would get back to me. He rang back 10 minutes later to say the
person who does the booking had spoken to the rangers by radio and I
should go and see them. Back to see the rangers, no message
received. On the phone to Ollie again, told him to chase the man
again and to get a positive reply before calling me back again. 20
minutes later he called to say it should be OK, spoke to another
ranger – no message has come through but he took it on himself to
do some chasing.
about half an hour of radio chatter he and a ranger called Ronald
decided to set us up in a “special” special campsite, all sorted
by 3pm but another frustrating afternoon. Ollies only contribution
was to suggest we go to Moru 4 which were originally booked into. I
pointed out we were moved for a reason so presumably even if it was
empty now the chances are before nightfall someone else would turn up
and quite rightly expect to be able to camp there – so a completely
daft and unhelpful suggestion. Later
we met two couples in a Safari Drive Land Rover, they seemed to not
be having the same troubles as us. Our
new “Special” special campsite was fine, it was a little windy
but we got a good nights sleep and if any animals passed in the night
we didn't hear them.