December 20 Martin rambled in vast wet grounds near Niger river (Mali territory). Neither Kristyna or Jakub was located by the satellites. It seemed their transmitters had broken down. Problems like these had not been ever encountered in the African Odyssey project. However, such things happened to several wintering birds tracking projects in 1997. Thus, returning of the storks home remained unclear. Martin was the only exception at the moment.
December 29 Martin stayed in Mali within Niger river delta. Neither Kristyna nor Jakub was located.