Seronera is the only public airstrip in and around the Serengeti, and it is a memorable experience not to be forgotten. Our first trip in many years ago, it was still just a grass covered “path” with a guard hut at one end and a water buffalo napping to the side. Over the years its “expanded” – ie. there’s now a thatched hut and a couple public “potty” spots, not really bathrooms, but they’ll do in a pinch and a parking area for the line up of safari trucks dropping off and picking up passengers. This is about as rustic as it’s going to get in terms of having that Out Of Africa experience. Your bags are all piled in the dirt, you bid farewell to your guides and driver and wait for your flight. The prop planes come in and take off in big clouds of dust, it’s dirty it’s a little frightening. Getting on to our last flight out, after the pilot made some seat assignments based on passenger weight etc, she jumped into the cockpit, and said, something to the effect of, “This is Regional Air flight… to Arusha, I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be bumpy”. Adventure at its finest.
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