30 June 2006
The Grumeti River is now drying out and we are left with the individual pools that provide focus points for the game. The last green flushes of in the grass have gone now and the National Parks have already started their precautionary burning of wilderness areas. Where there is sufficient moisture left in the ground, the grass will grow back quickly, providing additional nutrients for the game.
The Wildebeest herds are still in good concentrations within areas of the western corridor, though they are definitely on the move and heading north, where many have already arrived. By mid July we would expect to see substantial herds in the northern areas of the parks.
16 June 2006
Despite the late good rains that were experienced in much of Tanzania which might have slowed down the timetable for the wildebeest, the Migration is already well on the move. The grass is beginning to dry out though there is still a green flush thanks to the late rains. The standing water sources that help to keep the herds in the southern Serengeti, are drying out fast and will not last much longer.
In the second half of May, the wildebeest were already leaving the Ndutu/Loliondo area and crossing westwards through central Serengeti. By early June, substantial herds were all around Moru and the Mbalageti areas. As we approach the second half of the month, the large numbers of wildebeest are moving into the Western corridor and Banagi area. Since the herds do not move as one group, there will be other concentrations searching out better water supplies in different areas, through Loliondo and the eastern border of the Serengeti.
1 May 2006
The long rains over much of Tanzania have been heavier than expected, though the distribution is still patchy. This has brought welcome relief from the long, harsh drought of the last few months and also broken the cycle of rather meagre long rains for the last two to three years.
The Serengeti is very green, with plenty of grazing and standing water. The Migration has been settled in the Ndutu/Naabi/Gol area for some time now, and spread over a relatively large area. Access to some locations has become quite tricky due to the sheer amount of rain that has fallen.
The Migration would normally stay in this area as long as the conditions are good and as they are now, we may find the wildebeest delay moving off to central Serengeti and the Western Corridor for a while.
Traditionally, the rain eases off considerably in the Serengeti during the month of May and the herds often start moving quite early on in the month. However, without trying to second guess the weatherman, this year could be different.