Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

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.

 

Crossings at Kogatende

by Nomad Tanzania

23 October 2012

Great images just in from Lamai Serengeti where the wildebeest have been milling around, crossing and re-crossing for the last few weeks around the Kogatende area.  It's a great time to be in the northern Serengeti!