26 November 2007
The main herds still seem to be straddling the border, the perfect ambassadors for the East African Community. Many are in the Lemai Wedge, north of the Mara River, where the grazing is still good. The floods of late Sept/early Oct in Kenya have completely receded and the level of the river is again low.
There have been light showers in the north West area of the Serengeti, though little elsewhere in the eco-system and therefore it seems unlikely that they will head south for a bit. While the Wildebeest often start moving off before we realise there is a hint of the rains coming, they won’t go until they are sure they will get enough sustenance. In the last few years, the date of their return to the rich southern short grass plains has varied from mid November to the end of January. Though in almost all years, by mid Dec, they are in the central plains of the Serengeti, if not further towards Ndutu.
The other game across the Northern Serengeti remains excellent.
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.