Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

Migration Update - 21st May 2007

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21 May 2007

Despite the heavy rains early on in the Green season, the southern plains have dried out quickly over recent weeks. Until the last few days, there had been no substantial rainfall in the area and the grasses and temporary water holes had started to dry out. The Park Authority had started its early burn policy to try and reduce the danger of full scale bush fires later on. The heavy rains meant that the ground cover is unusually thick.

Consequently, the migration went on the move early that normal and were already in the Seronera area from late April and early May.

In the last few days has seen been some decent rainfall West of Seronera and the Western corridor. East of this area has only received light and scattered showers. The next week looks to be more of the same.

If the rains continue, then the herds should stay in the Moru/Seronera/Western Corridor area for a bit. If not we may find that the herds move up north earlier than usual

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Migration Update - 17th April 2007

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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.

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Migration Update - March 28th 2007

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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.

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