Nomad Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Report

Migration of wildebeest (not reindeer) back on schedule in the southern plains in time for Christmas

by Nomad Tanzania

23 December 2013

Just in time for Christmas it seems the beasts have finally arrived where they should be! Ndutu boasts the majority of the Zebras, and there are big herds of the migration in Gol Kopjes through Naabi Hill, Hidden Valley and the northern parts of Ndutu. There are wildebeest all the way from Golini to Nduara Loliondo, everything is lush and green! You might also be interested to know that three days ago, Serengeti Balloon Safaris conducted their first flight of the season over the southern plains and reported that 90% of the flight was over vast herds of wildebeest.  Apart from the countless migrating wildebeest and zebra, other sightings from the balloon were lions, cheetah, hyena, buffalo and Grant’s gazelles...great photo from them on our Serengeti Migration blog

Happy Christmas everyone!


Wildebeest on a southerly course

by Nomad Tanzania

11 December 2013

Wildebeest are arriving in Moru!!

They are slowly filing down from Western Corridor/Seronera/Rongai past Magadi and into Moru.

Our guides at Lamai Serengeti said they have only seen the back side of them lately, and most of have left Kogatende now.

There has been rain in the crater area towards Endulen, Central Serengeti, some in Ndutu and even in Loliondo so we are hoping for the plains to be green soon and the movement to proceed southwards, and by the time Christmas comes they should hopefully all be where they should be.

Rains in the south ring the changes for the beasts

by Nomad Tanzania

2 December 2013

In response to articles speculating whether the "migration will actually happen this year" due to the dry weather in the Serengeti, we've contacted our eyes and ears on the ground to get a sitrep.  Of course, the migration is a year round phenomenon but the movements of the wildebeest are largely influenced by weather patterns and consequent availability of food. While there are still some wildebeest that seem to be lingering in the north, our guides in the area report that all crossings taking place at the moment are of beasts returning to Tanzania.  There are also herds filing southwards around Migration Camp and Lobo areas (seen by one of our guides last week there) and there are also big numbersin the western corridor.  Zebras are congregating in their thousands around Seronera.

Rains are getting heavier in the southern areas and forecast to continue, so we would expect the beasts to proceed further south…watch this space.

This is a useful weather forecast if you want to keep abreast of the clouds that those wildebeest tend to chase: