I don’t know how to describe where we are staying in Serengeti National Park-kind of like a lodge that serves 3 meals and kind of like camping. This is a temporary camp, currently at S02 25.02 E034 53.59, that moves around every few months (think M*A*S*H) in order to minimize environmental impact and to stay out of the way of migrating animals. Our tent is large, with a queen sized bed and other furnishings. It has a bathroom complete with wash basin, toilet, and shower, despite the fact that there is no running water here. It’s the closest thing to a normal bathroom you can have in a tent that moves every few months.There is no electricity, per se, but we do have solar and battery-powered LED lights-essentially flashlights. We also have a charging station in the bar. Yes, there is a bar here, with couches and coffee tables, serving chilled drinks. We were served dinner with normal plates and flatware, and yet there was a campfire tonight.
One of the staff came by our tent this evening and said there was a buffalo nearby behind the tent, so we shouldn’t walk around back there. Meanwhile, a staff person put warm water in a bag hanging behind the tent that fed my evening’s shower. Apparently concern about the buffalo didn’t extend to concern for staff safety.
The weather continues to be overcast with temps in the mid-to-upper 60s, warming to mid 80s during the day. The clouds did break up a bit tonight, providing partial visibility of the stars. Then later there was a light rain shower, the first precipitation more than mist we have experienced in Tanzania since we arrived almost 2 weeks ago.