Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

Migration Report - 21st August 2007

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21 August 2007

The northern Serengeti is now full of massed wildebeest. The grass is still plentiful and there is sufficient water with the local streams and, of course, the river to keep them fat and happy. Last week saw some quite heavy rainfall across the whole area which will refresh the new growth of grass that grew after the early burning.

There have been reports of quite a few crossings of large herds over the last three weeks. As per usual, these crossings have been happening in both directions, as the Migration patterns between now and November will circle around the general area on both sides of the Mara River.

The resident game is likewise very good in the whole northern half of the park, and there are still significant and worthwhile sightings to be had around the Western Corridor/Moru/Seronera and Ndutu even as they dry up

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Migration Report - 24th July 2007

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24 July 2007

The rains that we mentioned in our last report that so surprised us all, have now moved off and the whole area is beginning to dry out. While there are still some large herds of wildebeest to be seen in the Western Corridor, many have already moved north and are spread across the northern half of the Serengeti. The resident game is very good.

The Grumeti is still flowing (just) in the Western Corridor but it will soon settle down in to a few dry season pools. There are still patches of green grass amongst the brown grass there and the resident game is good.

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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.

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