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!
Wed, Dec 11, 2013
Wildebeest are arriving in Moru!!
They are slowly filing down from Western Corridor/Seronera/Rongai past Magadi and into Moru.
Our guides at Lamai Serengeti said they have only seen the back side of them lately, and most of have left Kogatende now.
There has been rain in the crater area towards Endulen, Central Serengeti, some in Ndutu and even in Loliondo so we are hoping for the plains to be green soon and the movement to proceed southwards, and by the time Christmas comes they should hopefully all be where they should be.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013
In response to articles speculating whether the "migration will actually happen this year" due to the dry weather in the Serengeti, we've contacted our eyes and ears on the ground to get a sitrep. Of course, the migration is a year round phenomenon but the movements of the wildebeest are largely influenced by weather patterns and consequent availability of food. While there are still some wildebeest that seem to be lingering in the north, our guides in the area report that all crossings taking place at the moment are of beasts returning to Tanzania. There are also herds filing southwards around Migration Camp and Lobo areas (seen by one of our guides last week there) and there are also big numbers in the western corridor. Zebras are congregating in their thousands around Seronera.
Rains are getting heavier in the southern areas and forecast to continue, so we would expect the beasts to proceed further south…watch this space.
This is a useful weather forecast if you want to keep abreast of the clouds that those wildebeest tend to chase: http://www.wxmaps.org/pix/prec10.html
Tue, Nov 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 let’s hope that they will turn around on their usual path soon! We'll keep you posted.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013
Migration update to make one chuckle, seems to be a confusing year for the beasts!
The area around Lamai and Nyamalumbwa was rather devoid of wildebeests about 3 weeks ago, but we have now seen some herds again around the Kogatende area and even some more crossings over the last couple of days.
Generally the herds are moving towards the South already, and the big herds are currently around Grumeti Game Reserve, and generally the Western Corridor all the way up to Kirawira, while the zebras have already reached as far south as Seronera, Makoma and even some all the way to the Hidden Valley and Naabi.
Fri, Sep 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!
Fri, Jul 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.
Thu, Jun 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 can’t wait and have already reached Lobo, Togoro Plains and even near Bolagonja so we are definitely on for an early year. Let’s see when the first ones reach Lamai Serengeti!
Wed, Jun 5, 2013
Our guides are back out in the field after the low season and so the firsthand updates are coming in thick and fast.
It seems that the beasties are moving up early this year. There are big herds between Seronera, Retima Hippo Pool, Banagi area and on the Musabi plains, but some are already moving towards Ikoma, Mbuzi Mawe and towards the North. There are still big herds of zebra and also smaller wildebeest groups in the Moru area and the plains south of Seronera and towards Hidden Valley.
We're looking forward to a vibrant dry season in the Serengeti!
Fri, Feb 22, 2013
While I am writing this, the guests of Serengeti Safari Camp are sitting in the mess tent watching a big male lion having his wildebeest breakfast not more than 150m away.... It's still amazing that we have the opportunity to witness such things...
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!
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