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    Default Serengeti to Mara

    Is there a border crossing between these two or do you have to go back to Arusha and head in to Kenya that way??

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    The Sand River/Bologonja border between the Serengeti and the Mara has been closed to almost all traffic (and certainly foreign tourists) for some time. It is a source of constant aggro between the Tanzanian and Kenyan tourism industries each of which seem to see an open border as a threat to their revenue.

    In the last few years they have been letting locals use it on an exceptional basis. Apparently there is a renowned healer on one side or the other and they were under pressure to allow locals to visit them via the shortest route. Unfortunately this resulted in speeding matatus and more than a few animal casualties.

    It's a shame because it's a long way round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumba2 View Post
    Is there a border crossing between these two or do you have to go back to Arusha and head in to Kenya that way??
    Quickest route between the two is to exit Serengeti via the Fort Ikoma gate and head west to Musoma, then through the border at Isebania (spelt Isabania on some maps), and 20km on at Suna, take the track that heads down the Soit Ololol escarpment to Lolgorien, entering the Mara in the west near Governor's Camp.
    Don't try this route if there has been rain - there's a lot of cotton soil on the escarpment road.
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    Sand River border crossing is closed - cannot be done, you will have to drive around. The route Tony gives is the best one. Or from Isebania you go as far as Sotik then turn on to the Trans Mara road (was a lovely piece of tarmac last i was on it) that will take you to Narok and then you can head down to the top park of the park - roads can be nasty if wet though.

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    We took the same route Tony describes,
    they had road works when you come down from escarpment
    at Emurutoto Village and suddenly we were in the parks border.
    Luckily no one was controlling the tickets.

    Lamadi to Aruba Mara Camp at Talek was 360 km and
    it took us 9,5 hrs to go there,
    so the next time I surely would camp at Oloololo Gate.

    No matter what side of the Mara, be carefull
    if you reach the borders, they try to get the entrance fees
    from you and don't have clear markings were the parks begin.

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