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Serengeti Migration

The Serengeti Migration Blog

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!

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Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Thousands of wildebeest around Lamai

This came in from Clyde, our Manager at Lamai Serengeti, over the weekend.  "We have around 20,000 beasts in the Lamai area.... give or take a few thousand.  TANAPA and the Kenyan conservation authorities have burned quite extensively, which has affected the migration.  Most of the beasts are between our kopje and Mama Kent river moving towards Mara River; some have crossed the Mara but many have chosen not to as the other side is burnt and food is available around Lamai and surrounding areas.  Large numbers of beasts are migrating up from Central Serengeti and we expect their numbers to increase over the coming months.  Guests are fortunate to witness river crossing almost on a daily basis, however they haven't reached National Geographic scale - this is still to come (although this crossing photographed by Nomad guide Nathan Losaru was pretty impressive).  It's rained a bit recently and as the grass begins to shoot I expect the beasts will start to move again."


Thu, Jun 23, 2016

The early show…

They have arrived! Reports just in from Nomad guide Nathan that the herds are up in the northern Serengeti and our guests from Lamai Serengeti have already caught the first river crossings. The migration is up north early this year so we are all very interested to see how the season progresses - we will keep you posted. Big thanks to Nathan for the pics. 


Fri, Mar 11, 2016

A March Marsh Stampede

Hello all
We  had a quiet morning drive towards Big Marsh, but suddenly I heard the stampede and I thought it was wind.  From Miti Mitatu, when I looked through my binoculars, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes - a large herd of wildebeest and zebras coming rom the direction of Olbaye toward the open woodland that goes to  the Marsh.  We spend the whole morning with them.  They are moving to the marsh woodland very fast in their hundreds of thousands.  This follows the heavy rain from yesterday arround Ndutu especially the area surrounding the lakes.
Nathan Losaru, Nomad Guide


Fri, Feb 5, 2016

The baby boom begins

Migration viewing in the southern Serengeti has been pretty special this past couple of weeks as the wildebeest have started to drop their calves. What is truly amazing is the fact that this is triggered by the onset of almost daily rainfall over the short grass plains. Mother nature knows best, and this is when the new youngsters can make the most of the mineral rich grass to give them the very best start in life. 

Our guides are reporting that the herds are seriously impressive in their density between Naabi and Ndutu, and that they are covering the plains and stretching beyond towards the South and Olduvai. We will keep you posted as no doubt there will be plenty of predator action close behind these new youngsters. Big thanks to Nomad guide Ian Kiwelu for these wonderful pics. 


Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Rain on the plains

The New Year started for our grunting gnu's with a rather prolonged dry spell which persisted through most of January, and that meant that the bulk of the migration herds moved towards Kusini and Maswa. However, reports from our guides in the Serengeti is that it has now started raining again, and the southern plains are full of wildebeest. The herds are spreading from Piyaya, Barafu, Golini and over the triangle between Naabi and Ndutu, through to the Ndutu marsh, Matiti and all the way out towards Kusini. It really is an incredible scene out there, check out these pics taken by our guide Ian Kiwelu. 



It is raining almost daily at the moment, which does make game drives in some areas a little interesting, but it has brought the wildebeest back to where they should be - happy days. 


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