To the left of the main road just before the bridge on the way to Lamai Triangle lies the Kogatende Ranger Post, approximately 100 metres South of the Mara River.
This station was built like an ancient fort intended to protect the Serengeti rangers involved in the fight against poaching.
This part of the Serengeti was heavily poached in the 1950s and 1960s by a neighbouring tribe called Wakuria; the Lamai Triangle was annexed to the Serengeti National Park in 1965, in order to preserve this beautiful area.

The Wakuria rioted when they discovered that they could no longer access their favourite hunting area.

At the post there are always some guard rangers and you can stop and get off to talk to them, provided they are not engaged in an emergency action.
It is very interesting to find out their mission in defense of the wonder that is the Serengeti National Park, and it is frightening and distressing to know that all this is at serious risk due to both economic interests and ancient beliefs.
Poaching is a very lucrative market and many criminal organizations, including terrorists, finance themselves by trading in this market; especially smuggle ivory and rhino horn are products coveted in Asia to be used in their traditional medicine, but also to express social status.
If these criminals are not stopped, we sadly bid farewell to the elephant and rhino in a few years because they will be extinct.
Not very far from Kogatenge Ranger Post, at the bridge crossing the Mara River, there are always many hippos who remain immersed in water in the African hot and sunny days, and come out to graze after sunset.

The areas of Northern Serengeti

  • Lobo Valley
  • Upper Grumeti Woodlands
  • Mara River
  • Kogatenge Ranger Post
  • Lamai Triangle
  • Wogakuria
  • Bologonja Springs