Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

"A big male lion is having his wildebeest breakfast 150m away from the tent..."

by Nomad Tanzania

22 February 2013

During the dry spell of the last one or two weeks, the animals were quite dispersed and had moved towards the Serengeti and Kusini area, and the triangle towards Naabi Hill.  However, big rains in the last two days has seen the usual dramatic turnaround.  The herds will probably start to move back more onto the Ngorongoro Conservation Area side now and search for the fresh short grass.  There are already a lot of little wildie babies in evidence which makes for great viewing.  While I am writing this, the guests of Serengeti Safari Camp are sitting in the mess tent  watching a big male lion having his wildebeest breakfast not more than 150m away.... It's still amazing that we have the opportunity to witness such things...

The rain has wreaked a small amount of havoc on the roads, and those wanting to cross small Olduvai had to wait for a few hours while the water subsided yesterday.  The bridge over the main arm of the gorge meant there were no issues there.  Today, after two days of heavy rain, some of the roads in the south are challenging, and in true safari style, the odd vehicle is getting stuck...all part of the fun!

Find out more about the Serengeti Migration.

After a dry end to January, the rains are back, and so are the beasts...

by Nomad Tanzania

6 February 2013

Despite our frantic rain-dances, towards the end of January, the rains seemed to have dried up in the Serengeti and the wildebeest started to disperse and head south.

But that's all changed and its been raining - lots!  The beasts have turned around and have come all the way back into Ndutu and surrounding plains close to our Serengeti Safari Camp, and the first babies are being born. Lots of babies of everything: gazelle, wildies, zebra and even the cats.  Bigger cats are doing very well with all the easy prey around.  The plains around Gol and Nasera are green and have seen good rainfall, so we're also expecting big herds back soon, in addition to the plenty of gazelle that are still there.  A pack of 16 wild dogs has been seen on the main Loliondo track not far from Nduara Loliondo which is mighty exciting.

Keep rain-dancing!

How many wildebeest can you fit on an ark?

by Nomad Tanzania

8 January 2013

Quick update on the beasts…it’s raining buckets everywhere!

The migration is spread all over the plains, from Makao all the way to the kusini woodlands, from Endulen all the way to our current Serengeti Safari Camp site, and well scattered all the way from Ndutu to Loliondo.  Some of our Nomad guides saw the wild dogs near Kusini on the edge of the woodlands, and on the plains to Makao recently. It’s a pack of around 11, and 3 appeared to have collars so are being monitored.  Nomad guide, Richard Knocker also saw a zorilla during his safari in December in Piyaya, southern Loliondo, and a few lucky folk have spotted (‘scuse the pun) cheetah…so it’s not all about the wildebeest.

Happy New Year and hoping for some early calving to make for some very happy people…

For a reminder on where the migration is at different times of the year, and what to expect in terms of experience consult our very helpful Guide to the Migration.