24 July 2008
The Migration herds are all in the Northern Serengeti area but still spread out, from Ikorongo area through to Bolagonja. Clients started seeing the first crossings of the Mara River about a week ago. While some of the wildebeest will head into the Maasai Mara for the dry season, others will equally stay on the Tanzanian side of the border and others will cross back and forth. The wildebeest are not interested in the politics but just where the grazing and water are. Again this has started early this year as we would normally expect the crossings from early August but this is a good three weeks early repeating the pattern of the season.
1 July 2008
Following on from the very sparse rains in the Serengeti over the last few months, the park is drying up fast. At the end of June, we would expect the Grumeti River to be flowing still but the pools are already forming. For the last two weeks there has been plenty of migration activity throughout the Western corridor area, but there are real signs now that they are moving northwards, earlier than usual, which means heading up through Western Serengeti and Ikorongo and moving across up towards Lobo and Bolagonja. The front runners are already in the Tagora Plains area.
The game is still good in the Western/Central part of the park and the northern areas have received more rain than further south.