Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

Migration Update - 15th December 2008

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15 December 2008

There is now plenty of game around the Naabi/Ndutu/Gol areas after the recent rains, though there has not been any major showers in the last week. Lakes Ndutu and Masek have lots of water and there is grazing. The weather forecast shows the potential for light showers in the following week, and hopefully that will be enough to keep the area green or the herds will move off again until there is a proper downfall to entice them back in.

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Migration Update - 3rd December 2008

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3 December 2008

The unusual rain pattern has continued throughout November, though it is still patchy. Northern, Central and Western Serengeti have received plenty of rain and this has led to the familiar problems of flooded roads and black cotton fun and frolics. The short grass plains in East and South have had more patchy rainfall but it seems there is more about.

The Migration is now well south and east around Ndutu and Naabi with more flowing in each day. The next phase to look o
ut for is the calving. This may happen earlier on than usual if the rains keep up (starting late Dec/early Jan). It is anyones guess as to how the green season will progress from here. It is not an official El Nino year so these early heavy rains are for some other reason. It may be that they carry on as per usual with dry periods and wetter periods until May or it could signal a more extreme wet/dry cycle for these months.

Despite our fears from the very dry April and May, this year has been a good dry season with rain most months that kept many wildebeest south of the border and provided plenty of fodder and water for all the other animals in
volved in the circle of the Serengeti eco-system.


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Migration Update - 7th November 2008

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7 November 2008

The northern and central areas of the Serengeti received some very heavy showers and storms in the last couple of weeks — to the extent that vehicles were getting stuck in the mud. Not surprisingly, the grazing has improved further south and the herds have followed their noses to search for the rich new growth. The herds now stretch from Lobo through the Tagora plains area to central Seronera area and down almost to Naabi Hill. And then at Naabi hill, you meet up with the more traditional dry season vista on the short grass plains: lots of dust and dry.

We often get patches of wet weather towards the end of the dry season in October, so the rain may just be this and not the early onset of the short rains. If this is the case, it will dry out rapidly and the wildebeest will head back north until they feel the real rains are upon us.

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