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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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Wed, Dec 11, 2013

Wildebeest on a southerly course

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

Rains in the south ring the changes for the migration

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

Today’s collective noun: a “confusion” of wildebeest

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.

BUT:

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

The wildebeest know not what they do

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

Big herds in Kogatende and crossings a-plenty

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!


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