Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

Wildies, Westward-ho!

by eliza@nomad.co.tz

13 May 2014

The wildebeest are concentrated in the central Serengeti at the moment, around Seronera and Moru areas, and some have slowly started moving towards the western corridor, with the first pioneers having reached as far as Kirawira already. The big herds are still in Moru and the surrounding areas and around our Serengeti Safari Camp, with lots of predator action reported by our guides in the field!

Wall-to-wall wildebeest in Loliondo

by Nomad Tanzania

31 March 2014

Having just returned from our camp, Nduara Loliondo, I can safely say I've never seen a migration spectacle like it.  For over three hours we drove cross country across the endless green grassy plains of Loliondo uttering frequent exclamations as, over each successive ridge, the herds got denser.  Standing on the roof of the vehicle and spinning 360 degrees, the plains and distant ridges were speckled with the dark spots of wildebeest - as though someone had thrown handfuls of peppercorns on green baize.

As you drive through, the herds part and then close behind you.  The scene is peaceful, majestic and breath-taking in its magnitude.  When you stop the car, your senses are over-whelmed by the low grunts, the chomping of grass and the smell of fresh dung.  You start to run out of superlatives and are reduced to simply sitting in silence and trying to take it all in.

Possibly the best part of all was that we spent an entire morning as the sole witnesses to this great event; there was not a single other car in view.  How special is that?

Have a quick look at this 2min movie I filmed on my iPhone on Saturday (apologies for the lack of editing prowess!)

At the moment, the herds very spread out over the plains from Ndutu, Naabi, towards Gol and Barafu kopjes, and all the way to Gol Mountains and Piyaya.

Amanda, Nomad Marketing Manager


Wildebeest turn on a dime as rain sets in again....

by Nomad Tanzania

18 March 2014

After a short dry spell beginning of March, the wildebeest retreated to greener pastures within the Hidden Valley and near Maswa, and Ndutu was basically left without the migration for several days.

Ndutu has recently had some very heavy localized rains over the last 4-5 days, which set the whole migration back into motion towards Ndutu plains and woodlands once more!

The entire area that was void of wildebeest for about a week has now filled up and is pumping with game.

The herds are spread out between Barafu Kopjes, all the way across the plains towards Ndutu and way beyond towards Hidden Valley and Kusini.

Our Serengeti Safari Camp is surrounded by Wildebeast and Zebras again.  Don’t they just love the rain!