21 September 2006
The northern area of the Serengeti is very green and the sporadic, heavy showers continue. This means that the general game viewing is very good at the moment, as many of the green areas also have short grass from the earlier burns. Food is plentiful, as is water and the animals are healthy and unstressed.
The Migration herds are still spread out across the northern zone and in large numbers but there are noticeably less crossings than one would normally expect at this time. Food and water are two of the main reasons why the herds cross and head north and if there is plenty of both, the urge is much less.
6 September 2006
The unsettled weather patterns are still continuing. The general temperatures appear much cooler than we would normally expect at this time of year. Even though showers are expected in the northern Serengeti throughout this time, the showers seem heavier and more frequent.
The grass is still green, especially over the newly burnt areas, though on the Eastern end of the Park and into Loliondo, it is beginning to dry off.
As a consequence, the Migration herds are still spread out right across the Northern Serengeti area and into the Maasai Mara. There have been crossings of the Mara River for the patient, and the resident game throughout the area is very good.
9 August 2006
The weather is still rather unpredictable for the time of the year. After the large amounts of burning in the western and northern Serengeti over the last month, there have been quite substantial rain falls in the last three weeks which have encouraged fresh grass in the burnt areas. This will be of huge benefit to the resident game of those areas as well as the migrating herds.
The wildebeest are all across the northern Serengeti area, still very spread out and some have gone as far as the Maasai Mara. Large herds of zebra graze across these areas too and, in some places, outnumber the herds of wildebeest, no doubt due to their wide dispersal area this year.
There have already been several crossings of the Mara and Bolagonja rivers and we would expect this to carry on throughout the dry season, with the herds criss-crossing the whole area.