Nomad Tanzania was one of the first companies to offer mobile safaris in the Serengeti for those intrepid travellers who wanted as guaranteed chance of being as close to the wildebeest migration as possible. Years later, we're still out there doing it every day. Our Nomad Guides, many of who have been with us since the very beginning, are in the midst of the Serengeti action every day, and here are some of their reports hot off the press!
Mon, Mar 31, 2014
Having just returned from our camp, Nduara Loliondo, I can safely say I've never seen a migration spectacle like it. For over three hours we drove cross country across the endless green grassy plains of Loliondo uttering frequent exclamations as, over each successive ridge, the herds got denser. Standing on the roof of the vehicle and spinning 360 degrees, the plains and distant ridges were speckled with the dark spots of wildebeest - as though someone had thrown handfuls of peppercorns on green baize.
As you drive through, the herds part and then close behind you. The scene is peaceful, majestic and breath-taking in its magnitude. When you stop the car, your senses are over-whelmed by the low grunts, the chomping of grass and the smell of fresh dung. You start to run out of superlatives and are reduced to simply sitting in silence and trying to take it all in.
Possibly the best part of all was that we spent an entire morning as the sole witnesses to this great event; there was not a single other car in view. How special is that?
Have a quick look at this 2min movie I filmed on my iPhone on Saturday (apologies for the lack of editing prowess!)
At the moment, the herds very spread out over the plains from Ndutu, Naabi, towards Gol and Barafu kopjes, and all the way to Gol Mountains and Piyaya.
Amanda, Nomad Marketing Manager
at 9:08 am Mon, Mar 31, 2014
Tue, Mar 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.
Our Serengeti Safari Camp is surrounded by Wildebeast and Zebras again. Don’t they just love the rain!
Wed, Mar 12, 2014
The heavy rains have eased up and the ground is drying up quickly, (even getting dusty in some areas already!), but the plains are green all over and the wildebeest are spreading out from Olduvai, across the plains towards Endulen, Maswa, Kusini and also in the Ndutu woodlands. The plains are teeming with calves and the predators are having an easy time. Some have moved further north already and have been seen near Olobaye.
We will need some fresh rains to keep them on the plains as they have already started to disperse into smaller scattered groups spreading out.
We've also been seeing wild dog in Piyaya so even more reason to combine Nduara Loliondo with Serengeti Safari Camp between December and March.
Thu, Feb 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.
Fri, Feb 7, 2014
The plains all the way from Ngorongoro to Seronera have received some heavy rains in the last couple of days, and we would expect the calving to get into full swing brought on by the burst of fresh grass which is about to come out after those rains. The big herds are spread out between Kusini, over the plains do Ndutu and the woodlands, Hidden Valley and some are reaching as far over as the Gol Mountains.
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