Another 5.30 am alarm call with coffee to our tent/room in time for a 6am start. The plan today was to find the black rhino.
We headed south as the sun came up. It was another chilly morning and it took a while to warm up as the sun rose. As yesterday, we could see the balloon safaris beginning to rise as the sun came up.
We drove for almost an hour, spotting some of the more common animals as we went. As we approached the border with Tanzania, we came across another huge congregation of zebra and wildebeest, stretching as far as the eye could see.
We moved on towards the boarder and saw the Sandy River which serves as an informal border between the countries. The actual border is a straight line, no doubt conceived by some British colonist years ago and is marked by a line of trig points spaced out along the length of the border. This meant that we spent some time driving in Tanzania as the Google map shows!
We stopped at one of the trig points and had the obligatory photograph with a leg in each country. No border guards or officials to stamp our passport here. We turned back north towards the camp and continued to look out for rhino as we went. We saw some more animals that we hadn’t seen before along with some more of the usual suspects. However, despite Samson’s best efforts, we didn’t actually see any black rhino.
We arrived back at camp at around 9 am in tone for a final breakfast in Mara along with Steve and Debbie. After finishing our packing we checked out and were driven the very short distance to the airstrip. We waited in the land rover until our aircraft arrived at 11am. Just before some arrivals landed, the runway guard got rid of the wildebeest on the runway!
The flight back to Nairobi was on a much larger aircraft with 4 rather than one engine. However, we still made two more stops at airstrips in the Mara before finally turning towards Nairobi.
- Wart hog
- Sausage tree
- Banded mongoose
- Black backed jackal
We were met at the domestic airport and taken to a hotel where we had a day room ahead of our flight just after midnight.
Not much to say about the rest of the day. Spent it relaxing at the hotel before being collected at 8.30 for our flight just after midnight. Nairobi airport has nothing to recommend it really… No cafe, bar or restaurant.
We waited in departures for a couple of hours and our flight took off and arrived on time. We were home by 9.30am!
Another fantastic holiday with some amazing sights. Time to start planning the next one! 😁