Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

Migration Report - 26th June 2007

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26 June 2007

The rains that started in the beginning of June in some areas of the Serengeti intensified though June. Northern Serengeti, Seronera, Moru and Olubaye area and parts of the Western Corridor received considerably amounts of rain. There were showers in the short grass plains area around Ndutu and north of there, but they were definitely showers as opposed to rain.

As we indicated, the Migration herds did come back down south with the new sources or water and the fresh grass but they became very spread out throughout the southern and central Serengeti area. There has not been any major rain for the last week or so, and when it dries up the herds will start moving northwards. However, it is now a much more regular timetable than before.

There are big herds to be seen in central Serengeti/Moru/Mbalageti and Western corridor.

There are also herds of zebra quite far north around Lobo and Tagora, they move in before the wildebeest do, and this may be an indication the wildies are about to follow. However, we suspect that the herds will stay wide spread throughout the region as they move up north over the next 3 weeks or so.


Migration Update - 21st May 2007

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21 May 2007

Despite the heavy rains early on in the Green season, the southern plains have dried out quickly over recent weeks. Until the last few days, there had been no substantial rainfall in the area and the grasses and temporary water holes had started to dry out. The Park Authority had started its early burn policy to try and reduce the danger of full scale bush fires later on. The heavy rains meant that the ground cover is unusually thick.

Consequently, the migration went on the move early that normal and were already in the Seronera area from late April and early May.

In the last few days has seen been some decent rainfall West of Seronera and the Western corridor. East of this area has only received light and scattered showers. The next week looks to be more of the same.

If the rains continue, then the herds should stay in the Moru/Seronera/Western Corridor area for a bit. If not we may find that the herds move up north earlier than usual


Migration Update - 17th April 2007

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17 April 2007

The rains that have been falling in the Arusha Region over the last week have not really started in the Serengeti. There have been several scattered heavy showers but the general picture has been one of drying up. The Wildebeest are therefore quite spread out with substantial herds in southern Loliondo, Kakesio and the Kusini planes. Heavier rain is predicited in the coming week and if that materialises, the herds will head back to the short grass plains as soon as grazing improves.