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Serara Lodge…Part 1

I am officially over the jet lag and back to full speed. That said, work keeps getting in the way of editing images.

When I looked back at the blog, I realized I didn’t say anything about Serara Lodge. This was the second place we stayed and it was very different then all the others. First it was at about 7000 feet above sea level and heavily vegetated which made it harder to see the animals. But it was not supposed to be. Before we got there, they had record rains and everything greened up to a level that had not been seen in the last 15 years. But then, after we left Amboseli, everywhere we went had early and heavy rains.

The area we were in is inhabited by the Samburu tribe who also own the lodge. The Samburu speak the same basic language as the Maasai and dress and live in similar houses. Both tribes originally came from Sudan some 600 years ago, but the Samburu had less interaction with the British during the colonial period and they are trying to keep their nomadic culture pure so while we were able to visit a village, I was not allowed to take pictures. Like the Maasai, they build a circular enclosure of thorn branches to contain cows, sheep and goats and build twig huts covered with dung to live in. The roof line is only about 5 feet high and the doors are lower. There are no windows and there are only 3 small rooms. Each married woman has her own house and her own gate through the fence. The whole place stunk of manure and overall, it was depressing.

Now on to more positive things. Serara Lodge is a permanent lodge with concrete slabs under the tents. The tents had king size beds, easy chairs and a desk in the tent, as well as an outdoor patio with table and chairs overlooking the watering hole. It was the most luxurious camp we stayed in, but the service could not compare with Amboseli. In addition to an indoor bathroom, each tent had a shower that was outdoors and up a short stair from the tents. There was a half wall around it and it was totally private, but you showered overlooking the watering hole. That led to an interesting situation for Craig on the first day as he was showering the afternoon we arrived and an elephant walked passed his shower.

These images are of our tent and the pool at the lounge/dining hall. More on Serara tomorrow.

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