17 April 2007
The rains that have been falling in the Arusha Region over the last week have not really started in the Serengeti. There have been several scattered heavy showers but the general picture has been one of drying up. The Wildebeest are therefore quite spread out with substantial herds in southern Loliondo, Kakesio and the Kusini planes. Heavier rain is predicited in the coming week and if that materialises, the herds will head back to the short grass plains as soon as grazing improves.
28 March 2007
Over the last three weeks, we have only had sporadic and patchy showers in the general short grass plain area. This means that some areas have started to dry out whilst others remain green. The Ndutu area seems to be dryer than most, and so the main concentration of the herd that were south of Ndutu have moved westwards, and are on the medium grass plans between Ndutu and Kusini.
There are still scattered, but decent numbers over the whole short grass plains area, and all other game sightings remain excellent. The weather forecast for the next week predicts more of the same. We would expect the migration to stay in this general area for a few more weeks to come.
8 March 2007
The rains have eased off in the last two weeks and the plains have been drying out. Consequently, the herds are moving off the shortest grass, which dries up the first, and into the mid length grass towards mti mitatu/Naabi/Kusini plains. There are still sizeable numbers in the Makao area.
The calving is in full swing, as per our last report, and the carnivores are in attendance licking their lips. It looks as if the calving will continue for a couple more weeks and then the numbers should trail off.
The weather charts show showers for the weekend and onwards. The rains may bring them back onto the short grass plains if they are heavier enough to refresh the grass.