Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

Wildy news and some post-rains updates on the North

by Nomad Tanzania

5 June 2013

Our guides are back out in the field after the low season and so the firsthand updates are coming in thick and fast.

It seems that the beasties are moving up early this year. There are big herds between Seronera, Retima Hippo Pool, Banagi area and on the Musabi plains, but some are already moving towards Ikoma, Mbuzi Mawe and towards the North.  There are still big herds of zebra and also smaller wildebeest groups in the Moru area and the plains south of Seronera and towards Hidden Valley.

And other points of interest vis a vis the northern circuit:

It's worth knowing that the roads in Tarangire are in a bit of a state due to flooding during the rainy season, and driving can be longer and bumpier than expected, so be prepared.

Also, just to let you know that the visitors and information centre in Manyara was destroyed during the floods, so there's nothing there for the time being.

The NCAA ascent road is still closed and we are eagerly waiting for an update from NCAA as we're expecting them to announce opening soon.

Find out when and where to go to see the best of the migration.

"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!