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, Jan 1, 2018

Ndutu rains are here

The rains are getting heavy and bringing in more of the wildebeest from the hidden valley to the big marsh. They are spread out feeding on the fresh grass in the area. 

Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Competition in Ndutu

Quick update with some action from the Serengeti. One of my fellow Northern Guides Ali Kea came across a rather unusual sight with some Nomad guests the other week in Ndutu. A leopard had killed a cheetah and pulled his kill up a tree. It was somewhat more unusual as this leopard typically only prey on cheetah in order to minimise the competition around, but in this particular incident the leopard was actually eating his cheetah kill.

Wed, Nov 15, 2017

The Hadzabe tribe

The Hadzabe people are an indigenous ethnic group living around Lake Eyasi, in the southern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 

There are estimated to only be around 1000  Hadzabe people living in Tanzania. This ethnic tribe are descendants of Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter gatherer populations, and still to this day rely on the land and their surroundings for survival. 

They hunt using bows and arrows, typically hunting baboons and other primates around. As well as the wild meat, the Hadzabe also survive on roots and tubers, and natural honey found in trees. 

They have their own method of harvesting honey, using a variety of mushroom called a ‘puff ball’ mushroom which when burnt lets off a smoke that has sedative effect on the bees.

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Beasties in Bologonja

Migration Movements.

From early September the wildebeest have moved away from Nyamalumbwa and headed towards Lobo through the woodlands. Very few crossings were happeninig at that time, but we predicted they would turn around as their destination, Togoro Plains, looked pretty dry.

Mid September saw large herds of wildebeest come into Bologonja and Lobo from the Nyamalumbwa Hills, and many zebras headed into Togoro plains via Mbuzi Mawe. The last couple of weeks has seen short rains in the evenings, driving the migration towards these greener spots. 

Most recently the migration have been moving towards Bologonja ranger post, and others following the woodland to Ndasiata circuit which has also benefited from the recent rains.

Mon, Aug 14, 2017

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

The crossings have begun.

The Mara River is split up into different crossing points, all numbered, helping our guides and our Serengeti Nomad keep track of where the latest crossing is going on. A few weeks back the wildebeest were found crossing in large numbers at crossing points number 3 & 4, and more recently they are around crossing points 7 & 10. 

The migration is unpredictable and the wildebeest can make the crossing several times, moving back and forth between the Maasai Mara and Serengeti before they move on. With some short bursts of rain last week, the herds have been doing just that, and have made the crossing numerous times looking for the greener grazing spots. 


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