Serengeti Migration Update – 23rd October 2012
Game viewing has been fantastic this week. Migration is still in the North, lots of big herds are seen everywhere. Lots of wildebeest crossing, all big cats has be en seen several times as well as hyenas.
A leopard with 2 cubs, lions and a female cheetah has been spotted. Black rhinos moved back to the Bolongonja area. A Leopard and a pride of 8 lio ns with cubs have been spotted as well as e lephants, impalas, buffalo, giraffe and Thomson Gazelles.
The big herds of the migration are all around the Bolon gonja area, around Sayari Camp, Olakira Camp as well as Rekero Camp. Lots of happy guests were able to witness the river crossings.
The Loita migration herds are in the verge of meeting the main herds as the later crosses the Talek heading for north Mara. This sets up the area between Rekero and Naboisho to be the main playground for the coming month.
In Tarangire National Park there are lots of wildebeest and zebras around the northern parts of the park near Tarangire Safari Lodge.
In our Serengeti Safari Camp, guests have had great rhino sightings already (rhino are only found in this part of the Serengeti, so it’s always a treat) – a mother and little one. And those lions have been hanging around camp keeping people up! It’s all action.
The first arrivals make their way into the Mara by mid -June, signalling the start of the surge. But not this time. By mid – month, the herds were staying put in the central Serengeti, which is becoming very dry.
Why are they being slow to move this year? Theories abound, but no one can be sure. One certainty exists, though. The herds will always move on.
Interestingly, a large group of zebra has gathered in the central area at Seronera, accompanied by a smaller scattering of wildebeest. Usually the zebras are the trail -blazers, but for reasons unknown they are hanging back.
The main collection of animals is still in central Serengeti to the north east of D unia with no real shift northwards. The rain continues to be heavy right across the eco system which may well have an effect on how quickly they advance towards the Mara in the coming month.
In the last days the majority of the migration was back in the Ndutu area with their calves. Thousands of wildebeest and zebra are also around Ubuntu South. Olakira guests are perfectly placed driving towards Ubuntu location (Ubuntu closed for the season this week) .
Naboisho Camp in Kenya reported thousands of wildebeest (image) and zebra arriving from the Loita Plains, filling the grassland plains and providing guests with perfect migration images. These herds do not normally reach the Reserve and are confined to conservancies to north of the Mara .
Well, just to prove that nature calls the shots, the wildebeest migration seems to be getting more intriguing and unpredictable by the day. The rains that promote the green flush that proves so irresistible to every gnu seem to be coming in dribs and drabs. Our guides, roaming the plains in search of the action, report that there hasn’t been much rain around Ndutu and the wildebeest seem to be moving towards the central Serengeti. However, fresh showers in the last few days might induce a change of plan’¦watch th is space.Serengeti Migration Update – 30th January 2012
Rains in the southern Serengeti have been very patchy, so the migration is currently quite spread out. We’ve seen some herds around Masek, some around Kusini and larger herds moving towards Hidden Va lley. Generally the landscape is very arid and dry and we’re all looking forward to the rains!