We live in Uganda and have enjoyed a camping trip to the Mara Triangle before. This time we plan to drive all the way to Karatu on the south Eastern side of the Serengeti, and near Ngorongoro Crater NP. Does anyone know:
1. Why the B144 border crossing at "Sand River" between the two parks has been closed?
2. Are the northern Serengeti Gates of Lamai, Tabora or Ikoma open for us to enter/exit from?
3. Is the Isibania - Nyamwega road bia Borega to the north of Nyamongo Rd a faster route? Google Maps keeps telling me that is the route to take yet it doesn't show up as a B road on the Google map. The turn off to this Northern road from the B6 is at the "Sirari roman Catholic Church" according to Google Maps and follows the border between the two countries via Borega where it turns South ward. Google maps also showed you can follow the road south from a major intersection, to joins up with the Nyamongo Rd. (a shorter route) to reach Nyamwaga. I could not get Google Maps to even choose the Nyamongo Rd as a route. Does anyone know why not? From there the road looks well travelled and leads to the three gates mentioned above.
4. Here are the instructions from TANAPA office, of how to travel between the Mara Triangle and The Serengeti, with no contact details attached! Just his name, Sawe. "You will use tarmac road that goes to Mwanza past Bunda you will find Ndabaka entrance gate. From this gate you will drive 150km to Seronera that takes 2-2:30 DRIVE.Sreonera –Naabi Ihr drive unless there is something interesting on the way.Likewise Naabi to Loduware gate is 104km.". I looked up all these, and compared to my preference for entering via one of the Northern Gates, it is about 150km longer. I seriously doubt we would make it in one day given that from our experience, you have to double the times given by Google Maps.
4. Have the roads either side of the Isibania border crossing been improved in the last few years since the posts I read from 2010??
5. This is the most helpful map site for the National Parks here in the wonderful continent of Africa: africasafarimaps.com/2012/03/tanzania-sereng…
I use it in conjunction with Google Maps to get an idea of distances, times and exact locations.
Hopefully one of the "experts" has been here recently and can answer since TANAPA has been virtually impossible to contact. At least I am sure to be an expert after this trip!