Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

Migration Update - 3rd February 2009

by nomad

3 February 2009

There have been heavy showers across the short and medium grass plains area over the last 10 days that have changed the Migration picture quite considerably. The weather forecast shows the rain easing off in the next three days but returning again at the weekend. It looks like the long drought period we have experienced since the unseasonal showers in Oct/Nov has now broken. This will provide much needed relief not just for the game but also for the communities surrounding the National Parks where competition for the small amount of grazing and water was intense. The Maasai have already lost many cattle in these months and will now be happy to move the herds back to their permanent homesteads near their villages

The game started moving back into the Ndutu/Gol/Loliondo areas with the first showers. It never takes long for the grass to green up and the first flush is very nutrient rich. The Migration has likewise moved back into its preferred short grass plain habitat. We would expect the Migration to stay around in this area until the next long dry spell

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Migration Update - 19th January 2009

by nomad

19 January 2009

The dry spell is continuing, though there are scattered, isolated showers in the
Ndutu area. This means the game is on the move continuously but it is still possible
to get excellent sightings, especially for cats. The bulk of the Migration is still in central southern Serengeti but is widely scattered. The open areas of the short grass plains are fairly dusty and windy but the woodland areas are still very rewarding.

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Migration Update - 5th Jan 2009

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5 January 2009

There has been little rain in the last two weeks in much of the Southern Serengeti and the Migration herds have travelled west to the longer grass plains around Hidden Valley and Moru. The game was still good around Ndutu. It was drying up fast north of the Naabi road remained very dry with game spread out, mostly to be found in the woodland areas and not in the open.

In the last two days, there have been some heavy showers around the whole short grass plain area, including southern Loliondo, with some more possible showers predicted for the next two days. So long as these are generous enough, the green grass will come through with amazing rapidity and the herds will be back as quickly as their hooves can carry them. The short grass plain with its nutrient rich grass is where they need and want to be throughout this period of calving and beyond.

The onset of the green season in Serengeti is often unpredictable with dry spells after the initial rain. It is too early to tell what kind of green season we will have. But after the generous rains we have had this last year. it does seem as if it will be drier this time around.

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