31 October 2007
The focus of the main migration herds is still up in the North Western Serengeti, along the Mara River and the grazing grounds in the area. The heavier than expected showers of a few weeks ago mean that there is plenty of grazing around much of the northern Serengeti and general game remains very good as well. There has been no rain recently but there are indications that it might be building up.
As there have been no major large bush fires this year, and the grass remains nutritious and plentiful, both game and Maasai cattle are doing well compared to this time last year, when the country was still struggling with bad drought conditions.
Last month for a few days, the heavy rains in the Mau Hills and the headwaters of the Mara River flooded many areas in southern Kenya. The impact was felt by the younger yearlings who struggled to cross the rapid flowing waters during this period. There were many more drownings reported than usual at this specific time.
28 September 2007
The northern Serengeti is still the place to be for the Migration, currently. Over the last couple of weeks there have been some heavy rainfalls in the whole area, which has refreshed the grass. The wildebeest are therefore quite spread out over and very large concentrations are unusual at the moment. There are some herds unusually far south for this time of the year, with some reaching below Lobo.
The Mara River, which flows through the Northern Serengeti on its way to Lake Victoria, continues to be a focal point with large herds on each side crossing both North to South and South to North.
The resident game continues to be excellent.
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