Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

Migration Update - July 24th 2008

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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.

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Migration Update - 10th July 2008

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10 July 2008

The dry in the Serengeti has meant a quick change in the Wildebeest movements over the last week or so. Seven days ago, there were still substantial numbers in the Western corridor while the front runners had moved off. Suddenly, within a couple of days, the Corridor emptied and the mass of herds moved out. They are now spread out on the northern Serengeti area, along the border area, with some of the herds already crossed into Kenya.

There has been some rain up in the northern area, unlike further south, so it is a bit early to tell where the majority of the herds will spend the dry season. Obviously their priority is the best type of grazing and standing water to drink.
The Western corridor is dry but there is still excellent action to be seen. A pride of lion stalked a giraffe yesterday and would have achieved their kill had it not been for a herd of elephants that chased them away.

Sadly there are still many fires throughout the park, which is a cause for concern in a drought where all grazing is precious. Some areas are so dry that they are now burning very hot and do not leave much edible grass behind.

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Migration Update - 1st July 2008

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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.

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