De Great Migration in de Serengeti en de Masai Mara.
Update from our guides in the Serengeti.
august 12, 2015
It is excitement central up in the northern Serengeti, with guests from Lamai and from our Serengeti Safari Camp being treated to phenomenal game viewing and river crossings as the wildebeest thunder their way across the Mara and Sand Rivers and into the Masai Mara.
One very lucky group of guests had this to say about their experiences from Lamai…”we will never forget the best crossing of all, as after 8 hours of tracking the herd on the opposite side of the Mara, with several false-alert crossings, and with each passing hour the herd increasing in size, until it likely reached 250,000 in number, we were then treated at the end of the day by the most spectacular crossing imaginable, absolutely stunning, and even highly experienced guides said they had never seen such a spectacle.”
july 20, 2015
Our Serengeti Safari Camp has just packed up and left the Western Corridor, following our bellowing friends north as they make their way towards the Mara. Our last guests in the Western corridor sites were truly spoilt! Wildebeest surrounded the camp for most of the last week and they gave a fantastic send off concert all through the last nights that the camp was in Musabi. Not much sleep, but no one was complaining.
At the moment there are big herds further north in the Nyamalumba and Sand River areas and our camps Â are witnessing some exciting crossings over the Sand River.
As if that werenâ€™t enough, we are getting reports of plenty of cats and also rhino on game drives â€“ oh, to be right in the thick of the action. Suppose someone has to do itâ€¦
june 19, 2015
The majority of our favourite migrating beasts are still around the Seronera area in central Serengeti, mainly concentrated around theÂ Maasai Kopjes and the Gol Mountains.
There is movement in the air though and a few groups have started heading up North and have been spotted around Bologonja.
april 16, 2015
The beasts are keeping us all on their toes this year. Â While we had guides getting stuck in the dust only 2 weeks ago on the way to Piyaya, it seems that after the big rains started, there has been a huge U-turn of the main herds, and Golini/Naabi and the plains are pumping with animals and the dust has finally turned to mud and eventually lovely green shoots.
They stretch all the way from the Ndutu triangle, Naabi, Gol Kopjes and all the way down to Piyaya. There are still some zebra around Moru but the majority has gone from there, and sadly the Western Corridor is once again very empty. There are some splinter herds already up near Lobo and even Kogatende, but they are in smaller numbers. Some reports in Kenya claim that they first crossings happened in the Mara but we doubt these are true migrants. Will keep you posted on further movements.
march 24, 2015
The herd our guide was watching was heading west towards Grumeti. Â He reports that the bulk of the migration is all around Musabi in the Western Corridor and our Serengeti Safari Camp.
february 25, 2015
The calving started early this year in mid January after the rains came in big and beautiful over Christmas and the first half of January. Â It then dried up quickly, and large herds moved to Kusini/Maswa and even further.
It has now started raining again and the wildebeest are pouring back into Ndutu in their thousands, our camp in Moru had wildebeest passing right through camp for 3 days solid – all are on the move towards Ndutu! Â A lot of them are also coming back from the Kusini/Maswa area. Â So Ndutu is pumping with Migration right now, and will be more so as they all arrive over the next days.
October 10, 2014
Big rains in the north over the last week and there have been lots of crossings from the Kenya side to the Tanzania side of the Mara River over the last weeks with a few smaller crossings still over the last few days. There are big herds on the plains near Bologonja which makes for beautiful photographs. There have also been some big storms in the southern parts of the Serengeti so some of the herds have made an appearance as far away as Seronera.
August 12. 2014
Basically there are plenty of herds up in the northern Serengeti busy criss-crossing the Mara River. There are also great cat sightings: cheetah, lion and leopard, and many of our guests also spot rhino
July 12, 2014
The western corridor emptied a couple of weeks back, and the herds are now well entrenched in the north. We have seen river crossings every day, some of them very big herds moving northwards, crossing over the Mara and Sandriver, and the whole of Lamai and Kogatende areas are heaving with beasties. There is still some Tanapa-controlled burning going on in patches around this area, but this will all turn to lovely green grass soon.
Jun 11, 2014
Currently the herds are quite spread out. There are good concentrations between Seronera and into the Western Corridor, but a lot of the big herds have already moved on, and are now on the way north, all spread out throughout from Ikoma, Lobo, Nyamalumbwa and Kogatende areas, and some really fast ones have already crossed over into the Mara and there have been sightings of big crossings at the Talek River already. There is still rain in Moru and the Western Corridor, so we expect those in the central and western areas to stick around for a while, but the northern herds are well on their way.
May 26, 2014
The migration has moved to the western corridor quite early this year, concentrated along the Grumeti River and all the way up towards Kirawira.
May 13, 2014
The wildebeest are concentrated in the central Serengeti at the moment, around Seronera and Moru areas, and some have slowly started moving towards the western corridor, with the first pioneers having reached as far as Kirawira already.
The big herds are still in Moru and the surrounding area with lots of predator action reported by our guides in the field!
March 18, 2014
After a short dry spell beginning of March, the wildebeest retreated to greener pastures within the Hidden Valley and near Maswa, and Ndutu was basically left without the migration for several days.
Ndutu has recently had some very heavy localized rains over the last 4-5 days, which set the whole migration back into motion towards Ndutu plains and woodlands once more!
The entire area that was void of wildebeest for about a week has now filled up and is pumping with game.
The herds are spread out between Barafu Kopjes, all the way across the plains towards Ndutu and way beyond towards Hidden Valley and Kusini.
February 20, 2014
The Migration is now moving further South into the short grass plains in search of the mineral-rich grass after the big rains that the whole area experienced in the past 2 weeks.
There are big herds passing through the Ndutu woodlands southwards towards Endulen and our Serengeti mobile camp is surrounded by the sounds of the wildebeest.
Plenty of calves have been born, and the predators are spoilt for choice.
Towards Gol Mountains it is less dense and we have seen lots of Thompson’s Gazelle and Eland, and even had some fantastic sightings of the wild dogs.
December 23, 2013
Just in time for Christmas it seems the beasts have finally arrived where they should be! Ndutu boasts the majority of the Zebras, and there are big herds of the migration in Gol Kopjes through Naabi Hill, Hidden Valley and the northern parts of Ndutu. There are wildebeest all the way from Golini to Nduara Loliondo, everything is lush and green! You might also be interested to know that three days ago, Serengeti Balloon Safaris conducted their first flight of the season over the southern plains and reported that 90% of the flight was over vast herds of wildebeest. Apart from the countless migrating wildebeest and zebra, other sightings from the balloon were lions, cheetah, hyena, buffalo and Grantâ€™s gazelles
November 19, 2013
A quick update for everybody since the migration is doing some unexpected things at the moment.
SSC is surrounded by huge herds of zebras, as are the whole Moru and Hidden Valley area.
Currently there are numerous crossings of the Mara River, of the wildebeest going BACK TO KENYA!! Not just hundreds, but thousands..!
Lucky for the people in Lamai and in the Mara, as this fantastic viewing in total privacy without the crowds, and am sure the animals are just as chuffed.
Big herds are also around Kirawira, Grumeti Reserves and along the Western Corridor and some all the way down near Seronera.
Over the next few days the weather forecasts predict some rains in Northern Tanzania, so letâ€™s hope that they will turn around on their usual path soon!
September 6, 2013
There have been rains on both sides of the Mara River in the northern Serengeti, so the migration is sticking around, and are crossing both north and south at the moment. While we have big herds in the Kogatende area and around Lamai Serengeti, there are also many in Kenya along the Mara River. We are enjoying fantastic cat sightings in Kogatende at the moment!
July 19, 2013
After their very early arrival in the North, the migration is now well spread out across the Northern Serengeti with plenty of animals in the Mara River and Sand River areas, a few towards Kichwa Tembo Rd and again big herds on the Bologonja side and on the Kogatende side. Some great crossings are being seen by our guides and guests on the Mara River, but also on the Sand River side. It’s a good time to be at Lamai Serengeti & Serengeti Safari Camp.
June 20, 2013
The beasts are still running fast….
Currently Olobaye is pretty empty, but still and always good game in the nearby Moru area. There are big concentrations on the Musabi plains and all along the Grumeti River.
But nonetheless some of them canâ€™t wait and have already reached Lobo, Togoro Plains and even near Bolagonja so we are definitely on for an early year. Letâ€™s see when the first ones reach Lamai Serengeti!
Febrauary 22, 2013
During the dry spell of the last one or two weeks, the animals were quite dispersed and had moved towards the Serengeti and Kusini area, and the triangle towards Naabi Hill. However, big rains in the last two days has seen the usual dramatic turnaround. The herds will probably start to move back more onto the Ngorongoro Conservation Area side now and search for the fresh short grass. There are already a lot of little wildie babies in evidence which makes for great viewing.
The rain has wreaked a small amount of havoc on the roads, and those wanting to cross small Olduvai had to wait for a few hours while the water subsided yesterday. The bridge over the main arm of the gorge meant there were no issues there. Today, after two days of heavy rain, some of the roads in the south are challenging, and in true safari style, the odd vehicle is getting stuck…all part of the fun!
8th January 2013
The migration is spread all over the plains, from Makao all the way to the kusini woodlands, from Endulen all the way to our current Serengeti Safari Camp site, and well scattered all the way from Ndutu to Loliondo. Some of our Nomad guides saw the wild dogs near Kusini on the edge of the woodlands, and on the plains to Makao recently. Itâ€™s a pack of around 11, and 3 appeared to have collars so are being monitored. Nomad guide, Richard Knocker also saw a zorilla during his safari in December in Piyaya, southern Loliondo, and a few lucky folk have spotted (â€˜scuse the pun) cheetahâ€¦so itâ€™s not all about the wildebeest.
12 October 2012
The large migratory herds are somewhat scattered at the moment, with the mega-herd still concentrated around Kogatende . The majority of the animals that had gathered in the Lobo region a week ago have now been seen heading north towards the Bologonja plains.
With so many wildebeest still happily grazing near the Mara River, guests continue to witness the exciting river crossings. Guests are also enjoying full-day game drives to the border to witness the Mara River action.
Further north, there are also large herds congregating on the open grassland savanna of the Mara Triangle, heading towards Oloololo gate
05 October 2012
The migratory herds are dotted across the Mara plains, from east to west, and still, the dramatic river crossings continue. Guests there are also witnessing the brave (and seemingly never-ending) crossings as some of the herds are lured back to the Serengeti by the spectacular thundershowers and fresh new grass.
26 September 2012
The mega-herd is still grazing the verdant plains of the Masai Mara, but it seems to have divided into two massive sub-herds (weâ€™re talking wildebeest in the tens of thousands!). One herd is situated on the southwestern side of the Mara Triangle, while the other has gathered in the northern/central part of the greater Mara. Just days ago, no less than 2,000 wildebeest were seen crossing the Mara River into the Mara Triangle. An unbelievable sight to behold! G
18 September 2012
The mega-herd has gathered on the marsh just south of the Mara River on the Tanzanian side. The exciting Mara River crossings continue, and just yesterday, a massive herd (a few thousand strong) of feisty wildebeest pushed its way courageously through the deep crocodile-infested water. Guests are still witnessing the gruelling crossings on a daily basis, sometimes en route from the airstrip before they even reach the camp!
10 August 2012
The massive migratory herds are now spread out from the Serengeti all the way up to the Masai Mara, with the vast majority still grazing in Tanzania. There have been almost daily Grumeti and Mara River crossings, which has been exciting for our guests.
Watch this space as the action continues!
27 July 2012
There are still lots of wildebeest hanging around the Western Corridor and so the river crossings continue. Guests who have been able to witness the migrating herbivores come head-to-head with the notoriously large (and hungry) crocodiles. Although there is still a large herd of wildebeest near Grumeti, the mega-herd has now moved north to the Kogatende region.
The bonus to having so many â€œlawnmowersâ€ moving through is that the grass plains around Grumeti are now short and for the next few months guests will enjoy excellent game viewing as the abundant year-round plains game fill the savanna.
16 July 2012
The vast majority of the Grumeti River crossings have now come and gone and the mega herd is starting to move northward, out of the Grumeti region.
06 July 2012
If you follow our updates on Facebook, you will already know that the eagerly anticipated Grumeti River crossings have begun! The hair-raising crossings are now happening daily and the circle of life continues, as the predators catch an easy meal. T
25 June 2012
Itâ€™s time! The massive herds continue to make their way northwest and theyâ€™re now a mere 15 km from the banks of the Grumeti River. As the herds gather to increase their numbers, it will be just a matter of time before they make the highly anticipated annual Grumeti River crossing.
13 June 2012
The vast majority of the herds are still gathered around the Mbuzi Mawe and Seronera regions, where the grass remains lush and green. Our rangers continue to monitor the migratory herds daily, and the first signs of movement have been seen. Some wildebeest and zebra have taken the lead and have been spotted making their way northwest towards Grumeti. This is a good sign that the herds are starting to move and the highly anticipated Grumeti River crossings are drawing near.
28 May 2012
The massive migratory herds are now grazing around Naabi Hill and the Seronera region and are slowly heading northwest. The first large herds of zebra (they typically precede the wildebeest) have been spotted on the Musabi plains, which is roughly half way between Seronera and Grumeti .This is a good indicator that the herds are moving towards the Western Corridor. The Seronera region is still lush and green, meaning that the herds are in no big rush to leave, but we anticipate them to get to the central Serengeti within the next 12 days or so. Guests 20 minutes west of the Seronera site, have witnessed great sightings of the extraordinary herds.
Watch this space for more updates!
10 April 2012
The massive herds of the Great Migration chose the perfect location to spend their Easter weekend â€” a scenic spot called Eden Valley, in between Ndutu and Naabi Hill. They were still grazing there this morning, and we donâ€™t anticipate much movement as it has been raining in the area for the past few days.
02 April 2012
Despite the fact that the rains stopped about two weeks ago, the mega-herd continues to graze the Ndutu plains. The grass is lush and green and the marsh areas are still wet, enticing the wildebeest and zebra to stick around. As the migratory herds passed through the Lake Ndutu region, many predators were seen following the cloud of dust in search of weak prey.Â In approximately two weeksâ€™ time, the Great Migration should make its way towards the central Seronera and Western Corridor. Although the weather has been very unpredictable this year, with sporadic rains in the northern Serengeti that has altered the animalsâ€™ routing. Stay tuned to see what happens!
2012 1 st March
February has been very dry in the Serengeti, with just a few showers that have not stimulated that much needed green flush of grass in the Ndutu short grass plains. As a result, the herds have been very dispersed; some heading into the Central Serengeti while others have disappeared into the Hidden Valley and Maswa. Visitors to the park have often had to drive out all day in search of the herds and some have very sadly been disappointed, although that said, the cats around the Ndutu area have been out in force and we’ve had some great cheetah and lion sightings, so it’s by no means all bad “gnus”. It really is a reminder that there is no sure thing in nature. The good news is that the rains are falling again around Ndutu and up in the Lamai area. Our guides tell us that the wildebeest are trickling in and starting to re-group. Fingers crossed they now follow their well-trodden routes so we can be there with front row seats!
2012 24th january
The bulk of the herds are spread out between Kusini and Hidden Valley, with more of them seen towards the Serengeti Side; looks like they are moving away from the NCAA plains and around Ndutu. However, rains today towards Naabi could see them changing direction again, we’ll keep you posted.
2011 26th december
There is a big concentration of about a million wildebeest around Ndutu, towards Makao, Endulen and Naibartat. Also smaller herds seen all over the plains but mostly concentrated around the Ngorongoro side. Patchy rain but seems to be drying up generally.
2011 5th december
The migration can currently be found from Kusini down towards Ndutu and in the NCAA; herds even seen moving towards Kakesio near Maswa. There is still widespread, and heavy, rains in the central Serengeti.
Our guides have just called in to say he’s seen a wildebeest herd of over a million strong between Naabi, Gol Kopjes and Golini.
2011 23rd november
Nomad guides also report seeing some smaller herds down in the central Serengeti area, groups spread out between the Moru and Maasai Kopjes. Good rains in the area means there is plenty of grazing around.
2011 29th september
There are still big herds crossing and recrossing the Mara river in the northern Serengeti and there has been a lot of rain around Nyamalumbwa and Kogatende which provides them with good grazing. Our guides have seen rhinos with calves and quite a few cheetah chasing down young wildebeest.
The large herds of the Great Migration are now gathering in the southeastern corner of the greater Masai Mara and just southwest of the Mara Triangle. The river crossings near the south Mara bridge continue and our guests have witnessed some truly exciting moments.
There are still streams of wildebeest and zebra arriving from the northern Serengeti, so the Mara crossings will carry on for a while. In a few weeksâ€™ time, our rangers anticipate that the mega-herd will be grazing in the northern Mara plains.
The Great Migration is now gathered on the northwestern plains: some are grazing at Wogakuria, while the mega-herd is stationed in the Bologonja region. The majority of the wildebeest are now headed for the ever-daunting Mara River crossing. This yearâ€™s constant weather changes have affected the Migration routing, and the herbivores have done a lot of moving back and forth.
The Great Migration has now entered Kenyaâ€™s Masai Mara. Some of the smaller herds that are just a few steps ahead of the mega herd have now crossed into the Mara Triangle. The mega herd is grazing at Ngiroare, on the border between Tanzania and Kenya (within close proximity of Game Rangers Post) and is slowly moving north.
The mega herd is fast approaching the Masai Mara. The mass of herbivores is currently grazing along the Sand River, near Mara South bridge. Half a million wildebeest and zebra were spotted yesterday at Kogatende, and many smaller herds are nearing the Mara/Serengeti border (on the Mara Triangle side).
The Western Corridor now faces a drought which has forced the herds to scatter in different directions in search of better grazing. There hasn’t been a water shortage in the area for the last four years, so the migratory herds are confused: some headed north towards Lobo and Klein’s; while others carried on through Fort Ikoma Gate and onto Wogakuria and the northern plains.
Guests have been witnessing the large herds that are gathered on the eastern side of the Mbalageti plains. The game drives remain fantastic, the predators are on alert, and there are still hundreds of zebra grazing near Seronera and heading west.
The mega herd has now gathered in the central Seronera region and Moru Kopjes, with smaller herds joining up with them daily. The rains continue and the vegetation is lush as far as the eye can see. As the clouds start moving west, this will entice the great migratory herds to soon commence their journey towards the western plains.
The mega herd has left Ndutu and is now grazing the woodlands of Moru Kopjes and Simiyu, while other smaller herds continue to move back and forth with the heavy rains. The lush green grass stretches as far as the eye can see, so food is in abundance for these migratory herbivores.
Although the herds were quite scattered around the Ndutu region last week, this week there is a massive concentration of wildebeest and zebra at Ndutu enjoying the new grass. The herds appear to be slowly moving back to Kusini.
23rd March 2011
Monday morning, this week, we watched the first of the migratory herds arriving back into the Ndutu area after several days of heavy rain. They had started to go north-west towards Moru and Maswa, as the southern grass plains were drying up. Now, with all this rain and the area greeing up nicely, they are heading back. By Tuesday morning the plains were filling up: lots of wildebeest and zebra and plenty of cats.
We spent a good hour with a small pride, a beautiful dark-maned lion and his three lionesses; fat and happy after a recent wildebeest kill. The next morning, our guide Jacob, out even earlier than us, saw three cheetah take down an adult wildebeest. By the time we got there, the cheetah were sprawled in the mud (had been very rainy Monday night) next to the kill. Fantastic to see the southern grass plains teeming with activity.
9th March 2011
Serengeti Migration Update: there have been very good rains around Ndutu and the wildbeest are heading south from the Moru area, loads of calves with them and the usual bunch of cats following looking for an easy dinner!
28th February 2011
The wildebeest are concentrating around the Hidden Valley & Miti Mitatu area with some headed to Kusini due to lack of rains this past week around Ndutu.Â Â One of the guidesÂ has been seeing cats everywhere and a leopard that walked right in front of his car, stopping right on cue to pose for happy photographers in the vehicle, before climbing up a nearby tree. He said it was one of the best close-up sightings he’d ever seen. Halifa has been seeing lots of newborn wildebeest and even a wildebeest giving birth. The guests with him, first-timers on safari, were suitably awed by it all.
14th February 2011
The wildebeest had started to divide up, some in the Hidden Valley area and then some starting to heads towards Maswa and the central Serengeti. However recent heavy rains in the Ndutu area, and the prospect of more rain coming, is expected to bring them all right back down again.
27th January 2011
Migration Update: big herds seen around Kusini & towards Maswa. Ndutu is currently dry and windy and generally there isnâ€™t much rain around. All the guides report seeing stacks of cats and elephants whilst theyâ€™re out amongst the herds.
17th January 2011
Good rains in the southern Serengeti (around Ndutu especially) has meant that the migration is well scattered â€“ Nomad safari guides reporting seeing big herds around Ndutu, Moru, Kusini and some in Piyaya. Our guide Halifa has had the most exciting week of all; seeing a buffalo giving birth and then fighting off a hyena, and a herd of wildebeest crossing Lake Ndutu. Rowland saw a honey badger and kept his distance!
24th December 2010
The migration is scattered, many herds still seen around Moru, but many on their way down to Ndutu, in the Naabi Hill and some have gone across to the Gol Kopjes.
Rains in Ndutu and surrounds have meant lots of green grass and good grazing.
14th December 2010
Guides are reporting seeing the migration stretched between Naabi, Moru and down to Ndutu. There has been some rain so the whole area has greened up nicely, especially around Ndutu where there has been quite a bit of rain. Lions are definitely on the viewing menu, as well as elephants and some great bird sightings.
25th November 2010
The wildebeest herds are scattered in rather fragmented herds between Lobo and Seronera; this isnâ€™t unusual for this time of year, and the lack of heavy rains has meant they are more spread out and in smaller groups.
8th November 2010
There are still some crossings being seen at the Mara River, our guideÂ witnessed a very exciting crossing yesterday with guests, but the herds are also seen further south around Lobo as well. The rains have been light this past week, but everywhere is still green and lush. Our guides have seen good elephant, lion and plains game sightings; they saw a baboon kill a baby bushbuck.
26th October 2010
There are big herds around Bologonja, heading down towards Lobo. There have been plenty of rain in the last couple weeks, so there is lots of good grazing for the wildees.Â Customers are still seeing good crossings, Chediel saw a herd of elephants crossing as well as the wildebeest and zebra. As always the cats are plentiful with lion everywhere and some spectacular cheetah sightings.
13th October 2010
The wildebeest are still lining both sides of the Mara River, crossing and re-crossing. Rains up in the northern Serengeti has meant that everything is greening up and there is plenty of good grazing. General game in the area is also good, withÂ guides reporting good sightings of cats, plus good numbers of rhino around Kogatende and our new Lamai Serengeti site
4th October 2010
The wildebeest are stretched along the Mara River in large numbers with crossings happening most days during this last week. We followed one herd, on the opposite bank, that expanded in numbers until it was about 5000 strong. They headed east passing several possible crossings en route. It was like watching a tornado build up and build up, but one that youâ€™re never sure where itâ€™s going to actually touch down. They passed crossing points that were easy, shallow entries with fewer rocks but they kept going; the wind seemed to make them jumpy and restless and the slightest thing would set them off again. Nomad guide Emmanuel kept us on the trail of them all dayâ€¦watching them from the opposite bank. Weâ€™d headed back to Serengeti Safari Camp at the end of the day so left them there in their numbers. The following morning they still hadnâ€™t crossed over, but were now scattered in every direction. Rains in the north have kept a lot of the herds on the TZ side with good numbers crossing but then crossing back over again. We also saw lots of elephants, the resident cheetah brothers hunting (right alongside our car) and heard plenty of lion calling at night.
20th September 2010
OurÂ guides are still seeing big herds of wildees between Wogakuria and Kogatende in the northern Serengeti.Â â€œwonderful game with lots of cat in Bologonja and rhino sightings in Kogatendeâ€.Â â€œawesome crossingsâ€ at the Mara River with his guests; long lines of wildebeest that seem to go on for ever, all chancing their luck crossing the croc-infested river.Â They’re all reporting rain – heavy at times – but say it’s cooling things down during the heat of the day.
3rd September 2010
Rain in the northern Serengeti has seen the previously burned areas greening up nicely.Â Guides are reporting that there are still huge herds on the Tanzania side of the Mara River â€“ between Kogatende and Bologonja.Â Theyâ€™d been seeing lots and lots of cats; leopards hunting, leopards mating, cheetah and babies hunting. All the guides say the area is particularly beautiful at the moment, due to the green shoots everywhere, and the views are spectacular.
14th August 2010
Large numbers over wildebeests have crossed over the border but there are still mega herds milling around the Daraja Mbili area of the Lamai Wedge (northern Serengeti). Spectacular river crossings have been seen all last week, with herds going north and south and plenty of smaller herds still south of the Mara river. The weather has been hot during the day with some rain, nights are cool and windy. GuestsÂ have been seeing dramatic river crossings with many crocodiles pursuing the herds through the water; also lots of leopard sightings around camp, as well as black rhino.
4th August 2010
Guides are seeing large herds of wildebeest in the Wogakuria area, and around the Mara River. Guests in the north Serengeti are in the perfect place for some exciting river crossings, they sat and watched as crocodiles attacked one long line of wildebeest desperately trying to cross. This last week they’ve also seen a Rhino with her young calf chasing off a puff adder; a side striped jackal, lots of cats following the migration and plenty of elephants. It’s cold at night and warm clothes are definitely needed for those early morning game drives, but the days are still warm and sunny.
26th July 2010
The bulk of the migration is now in the northern Serengeti – between Wogakuria and Bologonja – with just some stragglers left coming up from the Grumeti area. Guests out with ourÂ guides last week saw fantastic wildebeest crossings at the Mara River – also plenty of cats: lionesses taking down a wildebeest at Woga, a family of cheetah sitting surveying a long line of wildebeests, from their high vantage point atop a termite mound, and a leopard killing a young gazelle right in front of the car. They also saw a rhinoceros and a youngster near Nyamalumbwa, Bologonja.
5th July 2010
As per the last posting, the migratory herds are still split with one lot still in the Western Corridor/Grumeti area (mostly north of the river) and the other now in Bologonja in the northern Serengeti. We will be shortly moving up to Bologonja as the herds start to head north (we’re anticipating towards the end of the month). Rains have ceased, and the nights are getting cooler as we head into winter. Lion and cheetah have been seen by most guests this last week too.
The Greatest Show on Earth
The massive mega herd is gathering in the Western Corridor, while some smaller herds are already heading north towards the Lobo region and Klein’s wilderness concession. The rains have temporarily stopped, although we anticipate from the heavy clouds in the distance that there will be some rain over the next few days, which (we think) will be followed by the highly anticipated Grumeti River crossing – the Greatest Show on Earth. The sunsets over Lake Victoria have been truly breathtaking, and the sightings have been exciting.
Guides are reporting seeing large herds heading back down from Lobo and into the Western Corridor area, with smaller numbers remaining in the northern Serengeti around Bologonja. The unseasonal rains we’ve had recently have meant the migratory patterns are not as normal. At this time of year we would expect to find the bulk of the migration in the Moru Kopjes area (of the mid-Western Serengeti), heading into the Western Corridor. The fact that some front-runners went straight to the north, is a result of the unusual rains. However, they are now reverting back to more of what we’d expect at this time of year.
Let the Games Begin (Almost)
As all of the football teams gather in South Africa, up in Tanzania, it’s a different story altogether! The herds are everywhere! As the mega-herd gradually makes its way north towards Lobo, other wildebeest herds are favouring the route towards Ikoma, while zebra in their hundreds are still grazing the Seronera plains.Â Stay tuned as the herds eventually decide to gather for the highly-anticipated Grumeti Crossing (maybe it will coincide with the celebrations in South Africa?!). Only Mother Nature can tell…
Gearing up for Grumeti
The Greatest Show on Earth is still mesmerising guests in the Serengeti! Over one million wildebeest and zebra are peacefully grazing the central Serengeti plains and Seronera region. The rains have stopped and we are witnessing the most breathtaking sunrises – what a truly unforgettable sight to see the sun rise over the vast herds of the Great Migration. The young wildebeest calves are now four months old and are coping well, slowly learning how to fend for themselves. The tail end of the Migration seems to be taking the â€˜scenic’ route and has yet to arrive in the central plains. A few herds were briefly seen approximately two hours away from Grumeti, however, these herds, being as elusive as they are, had disappeared the next day! Meanwhile other herds are slowly taking the North Route and are grazing near Mbuzi Mawe. Stay tuned for the highly anticipated Grumeti crossing.
It’s almost time!
The beautiful rains continue to keep the central Serengeti plains lush and green, and this is where the vast majority of the herds are currently grazing. Some are slowly headed towards the Ngare Nanyuki, while others have moved to the Barafu Kopjes. We predict that they will all depart for the Western Corridor in the next two to three weeks, where they will gather for the world-famous Grumeti River crossing (but with Mother Nature, who really knows exactly
All stations go! (â€¦soon)
The epic adventure continues in the southern Serengeti. The mega-herd has hardly moved â€“ the wildebeest and zebra are still happily grazing the Ndutu plains, while others are favouring the Olduvai and Bulbul plains. In fact, for the past four years in a row, the southern Serengeti has received just enough rain to keep these migratory herds stationary for longer than usual. The young wildebeest calves are healthy and preparing to move on with the herds when the time comes.Â The predators continue to put on a show by day, and at night, guests have enjoyed hearing the mighty roars in the distance.
Timing is Everything
It has been seven weeks since the mega-herd arrived in the Southern Serengeti, and the action just hasnâ€™t stopped. By day, guests watch in amazement as the wildebeest give birth to their young on the lush, green grasslands, and the nights are just as active, with the most incredible thundershowers (with thunder and lightning so spectacular, one would think the heavens were opening). The game drives continue to delight, with predators around every corner waiting to pounce. And as you drive from the Ngorongoro Crater towards the southern Serengeti plains, the views are unforgettable â€“ literally a sea of wildebeest and zebra.
The Circle of Life
The mega-herd continues to graze the lush emerald green pastures of the southern Serengeti plains, all the way out to the Olduvai plains. There has been plenty of glorious rain, and Lake Ndutu is still full. The two main rivers that flow out towards the Ngorongoro Crater were recently flooded, making vehicle crossings an adventure! The wildebeest and zebra calving season is in full swing, providing guestsÂ with unforgettable sightings of the little ones as they find their legs. The predators have been on high alert, often (sadly) taking advantage of the weaker ones, some only a few hours old. The circle of life continues in the Serengeti.
29th December 2009
Heavy rains in the southern Serengeti are making the going quite tough if you’re driving. However, the bulk of the migration is all around and there are great wildebeest sightings throughout Ndutu as well as good herds going through the Gol Mountains area. Ndutu is always a great place to see cats and all the other scavengers that follow the migration. Everything is greening up, the flowers are coming and with them the migratory birdlife is starting to arrive.
18th December 2009
We are seeing big numbers of wildebeest in the Ndutu area and on the Kusini Plains. There are also some in scattered groups around Olduvai and in the Marsh area. There has been good rains, and the area is looking very green with good grazing.
22nd November 2009
There are heavy rains in the western Serengeti which are moving eastwards. The migration has left the north, heading to the short grass plains where the rich nutrients are. Currently the bulk of the herds are between Naabi and Simba Kopjes, with other smaller herds spread in the western corridor and the Loliondo area.
All Over the Show
The herds are everywhere! The northwestern plains and the Wogakuria region are still experiencing heavy rains, so inevitably, there are still some herds grazing this lush green grass. There is a large herd of wildebeest on the Kenyan side of the Mara River, some have settled temporarily in the western Grumeti region as they head south, while other herds are heading to Lobo kopjes as they too trek south.
Heading South (almost)
There has finally been some rain in the Masai Mara and the Mara River is overflowing, ever so slightly. The northwestern plains of the Serengeti are lush and green, making for some spectacular views. The mega-herd remains on the Kenyan side of the River, although some herds are headed towards the Lobo region, while others are moving west to Grumeti. This is an indication that the mega-herd will soon commence its journey to the southern Serengeti plains. The central Seronera region has also received some rains and heavy clouds were seen towards the south.
â€œThings we will never forget: watching the sunrise from our bed, elephants crossing the Mara River, and being able to hear lions at night!â€™â€™
The Circle of Life
The mega-herd continues to graze happily in the Lamai Triangle and Wogakuria plains in the northern Serengeti, near the Kenyan border. The rest of the herds are scattered on both sides of the Mara River, some in the Masai Mara, others in the Serengeti. Despite the Riverâ€™s unusually low water levels, guestsÂ have all mentioned the river crossings as the main highlight of their safari.
Back & Forth ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The indecisive mega-herd has once again crossed the Mara River, re-entering the Serengeti National Park, and is now grazing peacefully some 12 km from the River. Meanwhile, other herds are settled in the Wogakuria area and the Lamai Triangle. The River levels remain low, due to the limited rainfall received this year, however short showers have kept the area lush and green. The lower water levels have enabled ourÂ guests to easily cross the River, back and forth, to view the massive herds.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The recent rains have enticed the mega-herd back to the Serengeti side of the Mara River, where the grass is lush and green. Other herds have been slowly making their way across the River, which is still experiencing much lower water levels than usual. While the land-based predators have been feasting, the crocodiles have not been as lucky, having to wait for the young or weak wildebeest to approach the riverbanks.
Migration Moves up to the Mara
Right on schedule, the mega-herd has now vacated the Western Corridor leaving the resident herds behind. The action is now centred around the northwestern plains and the Mara Triangle, where the vast herds of wildebeest and zebra are grazing happily. Although the current water levels of the Mara River are rather disappointing, this has made the world-famous river crossing a lot less daunting. The herds continue to cross back and forth, as heavy rain clouds gather on either side of the Mara River.
Let the Grumeti Games Begin!
The mega-herd is now happily grazing the Grumeti plains and guests are in for a real treat as the herds approach the dramatic Grumeti River crossing. The northwestern journey towards the Masai Mara Game Reserve has also begun, with a few smaller herds spotted heading north over the last few days. This is a promising sign for the upcoming Mara River crossing.Â Our guests have enjoyed some unforgettable game drives, watching in amazement as the herds risk their lives as they bravely cross the Grumeti River.
Approaching Grumeti ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The epic journey never ends, as the grazing herbivores continue their year-round trek across the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Last Friday,Â the mega-herd on the Musabi plains, making its way to the Simiti and Mbalageti plains, just 40 km from the Grumeti region.
Drama to Come ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Now in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park, the mega herds are grazing at Belabela plains, making their way to Musabi and Mbalageti Plains, while the stragglers are still browsing at Seronera in the central Serengeti. Following the heavy rains that are pouring throughout the entire Western Corridor, signs of flooding have already been spotted at the Grumeti River and the Grumeti crossing promises to be a phenomenal sight this year.
The Heart of the Serengeti ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The northward journey is complete, and the mega-herd has just arrived in the central Serengeti. With the recent heavy rains in the Grumeti region, a few smaller herds are already making their way to the Western Corridor. Over the weekend, rangers Daniel and Paul ensured their guests witnessed this amazing sight, and many predators were spotted in the distance eyeing their next meal.
Moving Northâ€¦ ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The migratory herds remain in the southern Serengeti, approximately 5 km from Naabi Gate, and are slowly making their way back towards the central Serengeti. The heavy rains continue, and the herds are enjoying the excellent grazing conditions. Predator sightings have been exciting, and ranger Frank Kivuyoâ€™s guests have gone home with memories to last a lifetime.
The Return of the Herds
As anticipated, the drought in the Southern Serengeti is over, and the Ndutu region has once again been blessed with heavy rains. The herds that had moved slightly southwest have now made their way back to the plentiful Ndutu plains. Serengeti Under Canvas guests and their ranger Paul Panga witnessed Lake Ndutu being restored to its natural state, after a month-long drought that had caused the water levels to decline drastically.
In Search of Greener Pastures
The rain shortage in the Southern Serengeti has forced the mega-herd to gravitate towards the Matiti Hills area, close to the Maswa Game Reserve border. The water levels of Lake Ndutu dropped slightly, due the dependence of the great herds, prompting the wildebeest and their newborn calves to move in pursuit of heavier rain clouds in the distance. The Ndutu region has received 40 ml of rain over the last three days, and we anticipate that with the oncoming heavy rains, it will entice the herds to return to complete their calving season. This ongoing cycle, driven by Mother Nature, continues to draw guests from around the world.
Unforgettable ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
This week, the summer rains have not been as consistent; however, the light rains received in the Southern Serengeti (Ndudu region) have been enough to keep the mega-herd happy and healthy. From Ndutu, all the way up to Oldupai and the Bulbul depression, the plains are teeming with wildebeest and zebra as far as the eye can see. Predators continue to prey on the weaker ones, creating a spectacle for our guests.
The First Babies of 2009 ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The mega-herd continues to graze the Ndutu plains, which are green as far as the eye can see.Â Yesterday, ranger Cyst took his guests out to witness the arrival of the first four wildebeest calves. Everyone sat in amazement as the little ones struggled to stand on shaky legs. Sadly, the predators are lurking nearby, their mouths watering at the sight of this abundant food that they have been awaiting for some time. Mother Nature runs its courseâ€¦
Water, Wind & Wildebeestâ€¦ ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Heavy rains continue in the Ndutu region, as well as Kusini, Mlima Matiti and Miti Mitatu, bringing new life and lustre to the surrounding vegetation. Lake Ndutu is once again full, and the mega-herd is grazing approximately 20 km from the Ndutu airstrip. If the rains continue, we anticipate the herds to soon gather around Lake Ndutu. Serengeti Under Canvas guide, Mohamed, made sure his guests saw the enormous mega-herd as it moved south, and they were lucky enough to see some exciting predator action as well. They also witnessed a fascinating wind storm as it passed through the Ndutu plains and toward the woodland.
Still heading south ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The mega-herd spent the holidays on the Ndutu plains. The southern Serengeti is lush and green following the rains that were received almost daily over the festive season. Rain has now eluded the Ndutu area, where a few small herds remain, however the majority of the zebra and wildebeest are currently grazing in the Kusini and Naabi Hill area on the border between the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
5th January 2009
There has been little rain in the last two weeks in much of the Southern Serengeti and the Migration herds have travelled west to the longer grass plains around Hidden Valley and Moru. The game was still good around Ndutu. It was drying up fast north of the Naabi road remained very dry with game spread out, mostly to be found in the woodland areas and not in the open. In the last two days, there have been some heavy showers around the whole short grass plain area, including southern Loliondo, with some more possible showers predicted for the next two days. So long as these are generous enough, the green grass will come through with amazing rapidity and the herds will be backÂ as quickly as their hooves can carry them.
The short grass plain with its nutrient rich grass is where they need and want to be throughout this period of calving and beyond. The onset of the green season in Serengeti is often unpredictable with dry spells after the initial rain. It is too early to tell what kind of green season we will have. But after the generous rains we have had this last year. it does seem as if it will be drier this time around.
15th December 2008
There is now plenty of game around the Naabi/Ndutu/Gol areas after the recent rains, though there has not been any major showers in the last week. Lakes Ndutu and Masek have lots of water and there is grazing. The weather forecast shows the potential for light showers in the following week, and hopefully that will be enough to keep the area green or the herds will move off again until there is a proper downfall to entice them back in.
Completing the Cycle… ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The mega-herd has completed its annual migratory cycle â€“ once again returning to the lush plains of the southern Serengeti. The wildebeest and zebra herds have started arriving at Ndutu, an area that is renowned for the wildebeest calving at the beginning of the year. After the recent heavy rains, fresh new grass has sprouted in the Ndutu region and everything is green and beautiful, and the plains are teeming with grazing herbivores and hungry predators. Ever following in the footsteps of the Great Migration. There are still many large herds grazing in and around the Seronera area, and by mid-December, we anticipate they will all arrive at Ndutu, Oldupai and the Olbalbal Depression where they will await the calving season.
Heading South – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The mega-herd is making its way south to the Central Serengeti plains, where there has been plenty of rain for the last two weeks, and the grasses are now lush and green.Â Sightings of resident game remain fantastic, with many predators still lurking, and on Wednesday guests watched as a herd of 200 wildebeest attempted to cross the Mara River. They only made it half way and then turned back, as the River is so flooded and the crossing became too much of a challenge.
More Rain, More Movement…~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
There is still plenty of action centred around the Mara River. Yesterday morning,Â ranger Medison Samwel and his guests watched as a herd of 500Â wildebeest trundled past. They are headed towards the Lamai Triangle to join other herds for another memorable Mara crossing. Heavy rains are expected to continue in the Wogakuria area, resulting in lush new grass that will continue to entice the herds.Â As guests departed for their morning game drive this morning, a pride of lions were found a mere 500Â m from camp, feasting on the unlucky wildebeest that they took down last night.
North or South? ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Early rains in the Serengeti have confused the migratory herds yet again. Although there is still a huge herd of wildebeest grazing in the northern Serengeti, some of the animals have already moved south to the central Serengeti plains (near the Seronera area). It is raining around Kogatende; however, further south the plains remain very dry. We anticipate that this will drive the herds back to the north. Game drives in the Kogatende area have been exciting, and guests are still enjoying daily Mara River crossings. The predators, of course, are still cashing in.
An Impressive Sight ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The mega-herd is gathered on the Masai Mara plains, but there is still plenty of action in the Serengeti as well. Approximately 200Â 000Â wildebeest are roaming Klein’s Camp concession, and another 500Â 000Â are enjoying the grasses of the northwestern Serengeti. There is a huge herd in the Bologonja/Sand River area. There are still some herds crossing from the southern bank of the Mara River to the northern bank. The resident cats are enjoying this time of plenty. Yesterday guests witnessed a large male leopard high up in an acacia tree with a baby wildebeest kill on the branch next to him. Just a few kilometres away, they watched as the Wogakuria lion pride fought fiercely for a morsel of their wildebeest kill, which sadly was not enough to feed the entire pride.
Endless Obstacles ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
There have been scattered showers in the Masai Mara, as well as some rains in the northern Serengeti, resulting in general confusion among the migratory herds. There has been a bit of back and forth movement, with many animals moving from the northern part of the Mara River, down to the southern part. On Saturday guests were taken to the Mara Bologonja junction, where they witnessed thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River. Three unlucky wildebeest were easily snapped up by the Nile crocodiles. Once across the River, the mega-herd was still not out of harm’s way – as a mother and baby wildebeest were then hunted by the Wogakuria pride of 32 lions. It’s not easy being a wildebeest!
Steady Stream – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The year-round cycle continues, and the sightings rarely disappoint! On Wednesday, ranger Medison drove his guests to the banks of the Mara River where they watched a 45-minute steady stream of wildebeest and zebra crossing the River. The northern Serengeti is still receiving some rain, and so, while the majority of the herds have crossed into the Masai Mara, there are still some confused herds crossing back to the Tanzanian side. The northern Serengeti plains remain lush and green, enticing many herbivores back. Several herds have settled in the Lamai Triangle.
To cross or not to cross… – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The mega-herd has gathered in the Mara Triangle, while some smaller, straggling herds remain in the northern Serengeti, waiting for the water levels of the Mara River to subside before attempting the fearsome crossing. Recent rains flooded the River and temporarily halted the herds’ movements. The rains continue, but only in the form of evening showers. Fortunately, in the last four days, the currents have slackened, allowing some of the herds to manage the crossing.
Waiting Game ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
There has been plenty of rain in the Wagakuria region and the southern Masai Mara plains, which has flooded the Mara River and placed the Mara crossings temporarily on hold. The herds have gathered near the River and are waiting for the water levels to go down before the exciting crossings continue.
Back and Forth…~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The action is still focused around the Mara River, with constant sightings on both sides of the river, as well as the Mara Triangle. The weather continues to confuse the herds, and there is plenty of back and forth movement between the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve. Ranger Mohamed ensured his recent guests witnessed several crossings during their safari, as well as some exciting predator action.
And still … the crossings continue! ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Grazing conditions on either side of the Mara River continue to be favourable, and guests in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara are still enjoying exciting river crossings almost every second day!
The Spectacle Continues 2008 ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The mega-herd has crossed the Mara River towards the Mara Triangle, yet there are still huge herds in the northern Serengeti, and the Mara River crossings continue! There are large concentrations of wildebeest and zebra in both the Masai Mara and Serengeti, and the sight of it is truly spectacular.
Where the Action is… ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The Mara River is where the action is! The Migration can be seen from both sides of the River – in the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve. Massive herds of wildebeest continue to make their way across the Mara River, and the Mara plains are now full of life, from grazing herbivores to many satisfied predators.
Mega-Herd Takes the Plunge ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Weather conditions in northern Serengeti National Park have caused confusion for those migratory herds that were grazing the northern plains. They are now headed northwest, while the tail end of the Migration is still scattered along the Western Corridor and Grumeti Reserve. The mega-herd has commenced the challenging Mara Crossing, much to the delight of the hungry crocodiles.
Migration Moves to the Mara ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The first of the migratory herds have arrived in the Masai Mara! Just weeks before the highly anticipated Mara River crossing, some of the smaller herds have already braved the frightful feat.Â Some herds have taken the route towards the Sand River on the border between Tanzania and Kenya – while others are slowly moving towards the Mara River.
Predator Action! – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The northward trek has commenced; however, some migratory herds still remain in the Western Corridor. Thousands of herbivores continue to slake their thirst along the Grumeti River, many of them becoming an easy meal for the high concentration of giant Nile crocodiles in the water and predators lining the riverbanks.
24th May 2008
The rains have been very unpredictable across the country. Some areas have been hit by serious flooding and crop damage while others look as if they might be heading for a drought.
The Crater Highlands are the balance in this weather pattern. East of the range there has been lots of rain but the Western side has not been so lucky. The Serengeti plains are drying out early and the Parks have started their early burning. However, in many places, the grass is already well dried.
The Wildebeest are likely to move off before the norm. Currently there are scattered groups across a wide area and even some still high up towards the crater where there is good grazing and water. However, they have all moved from the short grass plain areas and are focussed more on central Serengeti.
28th March 2008
Easter came early for many this year. The spring hares and African hares were plentiful and the weather decided to join in the fun. Over the last two weeks, there have been dramatic skies, thunder and lightening and heavy showers all over the northern circuit. For the last few years, the long rains at the end of the green season have not broken until mid-April but this year was different.
The rains were very welcome in the Serengeti where a long dry patch during late Feb and early March had meant that the wildebeest had dispersed and moved out of the short grass plains and south into the Macau, Maswa and Simyu areas. As soon as the heavens opened, the long lines of wildebeest headed straight back to the Ndutu area arriving in force over the Easter weekend.
The weather predications for the next week still indicate more rain to come but it might ease off in intensity towards the end of the coming week.
This rain is especially welcome as the general rainfall figures over the last 3 months have been low which can then cause a problem later on as the dry season sets in.
26th February 2008
The rains have carried on in their unenthusiastic way, this season. Some heavy showers but mostly localised and not sustained. Consequently the main Migration herds are quick to move where the best options for food and water are. In the last two weeks, they have spent time in the Loliondo, Gol and Sanjan area but as soon as it started drying up, they moved south and west, passing through Ndutu onto the mid grass plains the other side.
Since the Migration does not move as one, there are still pockets of wildebeest to be found all over this area but the main concentrations are in the south and west. The forecast shows light showers towards at the end of the week, though these are unpredictable. The calving season is also nearing an end with the majority of the babies already here. Despite this, the other game remains excellent throughout the whole south and eastern areas of the eco-system, with plenty of cheetah and lion sightings.
5th February 2008
Despite coming a little early this year, the rains in the Serengeti eco-system have been rather light so far, in fact, worryingly so. January was characterised by lots of dusty drives, as the plains dried out. There have been showers, and some quite heavy, dotted throughout this time but no real sustained period of rain. It is green across the short grass plains now and some more showers are predicted, so hopefully the grass will receive a prolonged boost.
The wildebeest calving season has started – in fact the first babies appeared around mid/late Jan and it is in full swing now. This is where we really hope for regular rainfall to keep enough nutritious grass for the babies to survive. The carnivore sightings are plenty, as they all crowd in for the fest and the terrain makes for good photo opportunities.
So long as the plains do not dry out, we would expect the herds to remain around the short grass and medium grass plain area from now till mid April.
5th January 2008
The first showers arrived in good time this year. They were neither early nor late, not too heavy nor light. In mid month, the plains started greening up so that for Christmas, there was a bright green down all across the short grass plains. The Wildebeest responded by moving en masse to the richer pastures. The first groups arrived in mid Dec and larger herds arriving in time for Christmas dinner and the New year Celebrations. The Migration viewing has been excellent all across the southern Serengeti from Moru & Kusini though to Ndutu & Naibardat area as well as north to Barafu and Gol.
With the Migration, comes the attendant predators, the Nomads and the residents. The Eurasian Migrant birds are also here in full force. Large flocks of Adimâ€™s storks were a feature of the month. With the short green grass, it is much easier to spot.
There has not been much more rain since the first showers, so even though it is green, the dust has made a quick reappearance. In order for the Migration to stay in this area and for the grass, we would like to see some more substantial showers. There has been some build up over this last week, and we hope there will be some showers coming up over the â€˜no moonâ€™ period.
26th November 2007
The main herds still seem to be straddling the border, the perfect ambassadors for the East African Community. Many are in the Lemai Wedge, north of the Mara River, where the grazing is still good. The floods of late Sept/early Oct in Kenya have completely receded and the level of the river is again low.
There have been light showers in the north West area of the Serengeti, though little elsewhere in the eco-system and therefore it seems unlikely that they will head south for a bit. While the Wildebeest often start moving off before we realise there is a hint of the rains coming, they wonâ€™t go until they are sure they will get enough sustenance. In the last few years, the date of their return to the rich southern short grass plains has varied from mid November to the end of January. Though in almost all years, by mid Dec, they are in the central plains of the Serengeti, if not further towards Ndutu.
Â 31st October 2007
The focus of the main migration herds is still up in the North Western Serengeti, along the Mara River and the grazing grounds in the area. The heavier than expected showers of a few weeks ago mean that there is plenty of grazing around much of the northern Serengeti and general game remains very good as well. There has been no rain recently but there are indications that it might be building up.
As there have been no major large bush fires this year, and the grass remains nutritious and plentiful, both game and Maasai cattle are doing well compared to this time last year, when the country was still struggling with bad drought conditions.
Last month for a few days, the heavy rains in the Mau Hills, and the headwaters of the Mara River flooded many areas in southern Kenya. The impact was felt by the younger yearlings who struggled to cross the rapid flowing waters during this period. There were many more drownings reported than usual at this specific time.