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07 August 2017

Migration in the North

Our Serengeti Nomad has been busy keeping track of the migration and updating us with all the latest news on the ground from the Serengeti plains. Direct from our Nomad Northern Guide, Nathan, he is hot on the trail of the herds as they make their annual trek across the Serengeti, and has put together a report of the migration movements so far this month.   Early July: The wildebeest and zebra arrived in large groups around the Lamai Wedge on the other side of the Mara River. Following some ver…

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31 July 2017

2017 Migration in Mara

The Maasai Mara has been a beehive of activity over the last two weeks as the migration season has started early this year. The migratory herds from the Serengeti have started crossing Sand River into the Mara while other herds are coming through the Roan hills. Between Lookout hill and Olmisigiyioi at Meta Plains there are big herds of the migratory wildebeest coming to Olkeju Rongai. We anticipate that in a few days’ time they will be making their way into Possee Plains and cross Talek Rive…

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31 July 2017

GRVL Fun Facts

Trees/shrub   Common Name: Broad-leaved Croton   Swahili Name: Mfurufuru   Usage and treatment   Part used: Leaves, fruits, seeds and stem  Attractive tree often planted to provide shade in plantations  Stabilizes and enriches the soil  Seeds are used as a fish poison  A vegetable salt is prepared from the ashes of the burnt leaves  Most parts of the plant are used to treat various conditions  The juice from the leaves is used as an anthelmintic to rid the body of parasites and toxins …

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31 July 2017

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA

Why the single visa? The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. This visa is the result of a joint initiative made by the Heads of States of the respective partner countries to boost regional travel and create opportunities for tourists to explore the diversity of East Africa. Who is eligible? A foreigner who wants to visit simultaneously the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda for tourism. The visa…

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31 July 2017

First animal sightings in Mara 2017

Weather Very hot during the day with clear skies. Chilly in the early mornings and at night. Sunrise: 6:50am Sunset: 6:55pm As usual both are spectacular and best time for photography. Temperatures 180c morning 300c at midday 270c after sunset Wildlife Early morning and late evening game drives have been spectacular with lots of plains game concentrated by the rivers, especially the Talek and Olare Orok. These rivers still have some pools of water though they are stagnant. We have som…

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31 January 2017

Wildlife sightings in Samburu

Samburu National Reserve is famous for its stunning landscape and spectacular wildlife that include the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah - and the Samburu ‘Big 5’ – Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk. On the early morning game drive before breakfast, we encountered this leopard that put a smile on everyone’s face – and all you could hear was a continuous click of cameras. The big cats are active in the morning and we continued with the game driv…

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27 January 2017

Rain on the dry plains.

Good news today, we just had contact from our guides in Ndutu and they say it rained last night! Looking at the forecasts this should last for a while, so fingers crossed. Currently the migration is very scattered, while Ndutu woodlands are relatively green and there are some smaller herds, a lot of them are on the plains towards Kusini and Maswa, some even reaching North towards Moru, but with a couple of more showers they should all move back towards Ndutu in the next couple of days.

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18 August 2016

Masai Mara - Season of Plenty!

WEATHER The weather has been cold and dry most of the month with some overcast days. Most of the mornings were quite chilly but warming up soon after the sun came up. We have been experiencing amazing sunrises for most of the days. Water levels have gone down in both the Talek and the Olare Orok rivers, making all the major crossing points in these two rivers less perilous. The grasslands have turned to brown in most of the reserve as we did not get any rains. Temperatures 12ºC morning 25…

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20 July 2016

Tsavo West Sightings

The week of 11th July 2016 was interesting and seeing a lot of wildlife coming closer to the camp.This is due to the drought season. Elephants started coming earlier than expected to the river and spend the whole night feeding on reeds.    The Impalas arrives in the camp as early as 6 pm. Our guests enjoy watching them in between the tents. Impalas decrease their chances of attack when living in herds. They leap and scatter in all directions when being attacked to confuse the predator. T…

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29 June 2016

The Great Migration Is On!

Weather Last two weeks: Chilly mornings and hot afternoons coupled with heavy rains - an average of 10mm per day. Most of the crossing points are quite impassable. The Olare Orok River crossing is ok because there isn’t much rain on the northern side of the park. The Mara River is higher than in previous years meaning there will be spectacular crossings of the wildebeest this year. Temperatures 130c morning 260c at midday 150c after sunset THE GREAT MIGRATION The migration is on. …

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29 June 2016

Samburu Safari Diary

ELEPHANT DUSTING At Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, elephants are often seen giving themselves a dust shower. Using their trunks, they inhale the dust and blow it out forcefully. It’s quite an amazing thing to see. The dust serves as a sunscreen, keeps the animal cool and insects at bay. Wild pigs also roll themselves in dust to protect themselves for the same purpose. Klipspringers Spotted Klipspringers spotted recently at Koitogo hill in Samburu National Reserve proved to b…

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29 June 2016

Masai Mara - Animal Sightings, May

Weather The weather has generally been very good with the mornings being a bit cold and the day time not as hot. Evening are generally cool and the rains seem to be subsiding now though we still are experiencing some occasional drizzles and light showers in the afternoons and in the night. As a result of the heavy downpours that we had in the past and the rivers flooding, we have had a lot of sand deposits in many of our crossing points eg  Muhindi crossing and Rekero crossing, both west of Mar…

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29 June 2016

Masai Mara - Early Migration Signs

Weather 18ºc morning 25ºc at midday  23ºc after sunset  The Domestic Migration of the Loita Wildebeest and Zebra to the Mara  The Loita wildebeest are between Double Crossing and Ntiakitiak River within easy reach of Mara Intrepids Camp. Some herds of wildebeest have already crossed the river and are heading back east towards Olare Orok and Motorogi conservancies. There are some large herds of resident zebras at the Topi Plains, north-west of the Camp. PREDATORS Lions The Ridge Pride T…

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11 March 2016

March Marsh Stampede

Hello all We  had a quiet morning drive towards Big Marsh, but suddenly I heard the stampede and I thought it was wind.  From Miti Mitatu, when I looked through my binoculars, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes - a large herd of wildebeest and zebras coming rom the direction of Olbaye toward the open woodland that goes to  the Marsh.  We spend the whole morning with them.  They are moving to the marsh woodland very fast in their hundreds of thousands.  This follows the heavy rain from yesterday …

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05 February 2016

The baby boom begins

Migration viewing in the southern Serengeti has been pretty special this past couple of weeks as the wildebeest have started to drop their calves. What is truly amazing is the fact that this is triggered by the onset of almost daily rainfall over the short grass plains. Mother Nature knows best, and this is when the new youngsters can make the most of the mineral rich grass which gives them the very best start in life.  Our Nomad guides are reporting that the herds are seriously impressive in …

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22 January 2016

Rain on the plains.

The New Year started for our grunting gnu's with a rather prolonged dry spell which persisted through most of January, and that meant that the bulk of the migration herds moved towards Kusini and Maswa. However, reports from our guides in the Serengeti is that it has now started raining again, and the southern plains are full of wildebeest. The herds are spreading from Piyaya, Barafu, Golini and over the triangle between Naabi and Ndutu, through to the Ndutu marsh, Matiti and all the way out to…

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09 December 2015

Wildebeest everywhere

It really is a superb time to be in the Southern Serengeti...there are wildebeest everywhere! The herds are stretching all the way from our Serengeti Safari Camp in Masek, throughout the Ndutu Marsh to the Gol Mountains and Naabi, all the way down to Kusini, Kakesio and the Hidden Valley.  0 0 1 62 355 Nomad Tanzania 2 1 416 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE …

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13 November 2015

On the mooooove.

Well, everyone is on the move, There are still the odd few stragglers making small crossings up in Kogatende but most of the herds are now down towards the Southern Serengeti. Our guides are seeing big groups of wildebeest around Seronera, Turner Springs and the plains around the kopjes near Ikoma. The Serengeti is looking beautiful and green and there have been substantial rains in Seronera over the last week. And, hot off the plains this morning is news that the first herds have just arrived…

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23 September 2015

All sorts of beasties

The migration is still in full swing up in the northern Serengeti, and there are plenty of wildebeest around Lamai, with big daily crossings happening at the moment and some local showers nearby keeping our friendly gnu's moving. But that is not all, we have also been graced by some very special resident mama's, with a beautiful leopard lady with her cub and a rhino with a calf in the area being seen by many of our lucky clients. And, if that wasn't quite enough, there have also been sightings …

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12 August 2015

It is all about the crossings

It is excitement central up in the northern Serengeti, with guests from Lamai and from our Serengeti Safari Camp being treated to phenomenal game viewing and river crossings as the wildebeest thunder their way across the Mara and Sand Rivers and into the Masai Mara.  One very lucky group of guests had this to say about their experiences from Lamai..."we will never forget the best crossing of all, as after 8 hours of tracking the herd on the opposite side of the Mara, with several false-alert cr…

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