16 February 2006
The last few days has seen some rain showers in the Ndutu area and heavier rainfall around Naabi and west of there. The satellite pictures show the possibility of more showers in the Southern Serengeti over the next two days, though these will probably still be light.
The Migration had been pulling back to the Seronera area as the plains dried out but they are currently heading again to the short grass plains areas that have received rainfall recently.
The wind and dust have been a feature of safaris in the last week or so, but the general game viewing in the southern Loliondo, Southern Serengeti and Ndutu areas has been very good. The drier than normal conditions seem set to continue for a bit longer.
4 February 2006
The heavy rains of mid January fell over much of Tanzania for a few days and brought temporary relief from the drought that has affected the north half of the country. For the Wildebeest, this meant that the rich, nutritious grasses of the plains were now ready for grazing and they moved in huge numbers to southern Loliondo and the Gol Mountain areas. Major significant herds are also to be seen around the south western Serengeti and Ndutu, Naabi areas. Last week saw the first new born wildies staggering to their feet and we would expect many more over the next few weeks, if conditions remain favourable. However, there have only been a few light showers since the heavy rain, and with the onset of clear skies and strong easterly winds, the fragile plains have started drying up. If the dry carries on, the herds could well be on the move again, concentrating on the areas where there are permanent of long lasting water supplies.
18 January 2006
Last week saw the beginning of rain in the Serengeti with light scattered showers in most of the southern Serengeti area. This prompted the herds to start moving towards the short grass plains from the north and western corridor and sizeable numbers were seen coming through the Mbalageti valley and Seronera areas. The last three days have seen much heavier rain over most of the Serengeti. The wildies are very much on their way now and the first of the herds are already in the S Loliondo/Ndutu/Gol area with the grass growing back fast and plenty of standing water. The rain may not stay around towards the end of the week, but certainly it is enough for the time being.