6 September 2006
The unsettled weather patterns are still continuing. The general temperatures appear much cooler than we would normally expect at this time of year. Even though showers are expected in the northern Serengeti throughout this time, the showers seem heavier and more frequent.
The grass is still green, especially over the newly burnt areas, though on the Eastern end of the Park and into Loliondo, it is beginning to dry off.
As a consequence, the Migration herds are still spread out right across the Northern Serengeti area and into the Maasai Mara. There have been crossings of the Mara River for the patient, and the resident game throughout the area is very good.
9 August 2006
The weather is still rather unpredictable for the time of the year. After the large amounts of burning in the western and northern Serengeti over the last month, there have been quite substantial rain falls in the last three weeks which have encouraged fresh grass in the burnt areas. This will be of huge benefit to the resident game of those areas as well as the migrating herds.
The wildebeest are all across the northern Serengeti area, still very spread out and some have gone as far as the Maasai Mara. Large herds of zebra graze across these areas too and, in some places, outnumber the herds of wildebeest, no doubt due to their wide dispersal area this year.
There have already been several crossings of the Mara and Bolagonja rivers and we would expect this to carry on throughout the dry season, with the herds criss-crossing the whole area.
14 July 2006
The Migration has now definitely moved on to the more rewarding pastures of the northern Serengeti. There are some tail-enders still in the Western corridor, and the good resident game is much in evidence, but the main bulk of the wildies have left as the water & fodder which support them is no longer sufficient. The seasonal Grumeti River dried out to pools quickly this year, and the annual fires, some precautionary burns and some poachers fires gone out of control, have reduced the amount of grass available to sustain the large herds.
However, they are still spread out and we have received good game viewing reports from all areas of the northern Serengeti eco system.