26 January 2007
There were heavy rains in the Serengeti again last week, which brought more temporary discomfort and mud as well as refreshing the temporary water holes and the supporting the nutritious grasses. However, it did not approach the drenching of the three week holiday period and again, we are in a dry spell.
It looks as if the weather patterns have reverted to something much more normal for the time of year. The short term forecast is predicting heavier rain mid next week.
During the very wet times, the Migration tends to leave the wooded areas and the mid grass plains and head onto the classic short grass plains around the Naabi/Ndutu triangle and the adjacent areas as well as the Sanjan. As it dries out, they tend to spread further, moving back to the Woodland and outer plains that are no longer quite so boggy. This is the pattern that we are seeing at the moment and is reflected as each weather system comes and goes.
Seronera airstrip has now re-opened which solves the serious access, transfer and airstrip issues that have dogged travellers and operators since the 15th Dec
5 January 2007
The weather is indeed improving!
Over the last couple of days, the rains in the Serengeti have eased considerably and this has made access to airstrips and many game drive areas much easier. However, there are still areas in the Park where it is not possible to go due to excess rain and saturated soil.
The predictions for the next week show some moderate to light rain over the next couple of days followed by a few days of sporadic showers. This should make the going much more comfortable.
Seronera airstrip is still closed but the break in weather might make it possible for the Park Authorities to finish the upgrade. Ndutu, SGS, Fort Ikoma, Lobo airstrips are all operating, subject to any localised rain at the time of the flights which might close some for short periods or make access tricky.
The game situation remains as below: excellent on the short and medium grass plains of the south and central Serengeti and Loliondo
29 December 2006
The game situation has not changed from our last posting. The Migration and the game situation in general remains very good, especially in the southern Loliondo/Ndutu and the short grass plains area.
The heavy rains have continued over the holiday period making access to some areas very tricky, but the rain might be easing up as from today. A severe weather system centred over Madagascar that then moved onto the coast of Tanzania at the week end before dispersing, has been blamed for this.
The main disruption has been to flights and transfers, with Seronera still shut until the weather breaks and other Serengeti airstrips subject to closure in heavy rain.