4 February 2006
The heavy rains of mid January fell over much of Tanzania for a few days and brought temporary relief from the drought that has affected the north half of the country. For the Wildebeest, this meant that the rich, nutritious grasses of the plains were now ready for grazing and they moved in huge numbers to southern Loliondo and the Gol Mountain areas. Major significant herds are also to be seen around the south western Serengeti and Ndutu, Naabi areas. Last week saw the first new born wildies staggering to their feet and we would expect many more over the next few weeks, if conditions remain favourable. However, there have only been a few light showers since the heavy rain, and with the onset of clear skies and strong easterly winds, the fragile plains have started drying up. If the dry carries on, the herds could well be on the move again, concentrating on the areas where there are permanent of long lasting water supplies.