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30 July 2004

Mara:Friday 30th 2004

MIGRATION 2004 UPDATE: 30.07.04 A great deal has happened since our update last week concerning the wildebeest migration. The Central and Burrungat plains where the wildebeests first settled after coming from the Serengeti, is almost empty save for a few stragglers. The herd as they left this area took three different directions, the majority crossed into the Mara conservancy. A massive crossing occurred near Look Out hill with most of wildebeest moving into the Mara triangle in anticipa…

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23 July 2004

Mara:Friday 23rd July 2004

MIGRATION 2004 UPDATE July 23rd 2004 The wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara seems to be taking on a dramatically different shape every few days. Since last week’s update, light rains drifting across the Possee and Burrungat plains and into the Mara Conservancy have caused the herds to move in three different directions. River crossings are continuing at four different places as herds continue to pour into the Conservancy. Another herd heading due north towards Mara Intrepids and Explor…

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21 July 2004

15 July 2004

The world’s greatest wildlife spectacle arrived in force in the Maasai Mara this week, as a light rain sweeping across the reserve’s central and southern plains triggered a mass movement of wildebeest and zebra from the northern Serengeti. The single day’s rain marked an almost instant change in the migration, which has been threatening to spill over the Tanzanian border for the past three weeks. Since the beginning of the week, the Central, Burrungat and Meta plains have been teeming with an…

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19 July 2004

Monday !9th July 2004

 The world’s greatest wildlife spectacle arrived in force in the Maasai Mara this week, as a light rain sweeping across the reserve’s central and southern plains triggered a mass movement of wildebeest and zebra from the northern Serengeti. The single day’s rain marked an almost instant change in the migration, which has been threatening to spill over the Tanzanian border for the past three weeks.Since the beginning of the week, the Central, Burrungat and Meta plains have been teeming with an e…

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12 July 2004

Mara:Monday 12 July 2004

MAASAI MARA MIGRATION UPDATE July 12th 2004 Although the main body of the southern migration is yet to arrive en masse in the Mara, the past week has brought a tantalising taste of things to come. Driven by the hot weather that has intensified competition for water outside the reserve, thousands of zebra and wildebeest have been moving into the Mara Conservancy from the Loita Hills and congregating on the fertile plains around the Enkoikwaatet salt lick. Thousands of wildebeest from both t…

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07 July 2004

Mara: Monday 5th July 2004

Since our report last week on the early progress of the wildebeest migration, small broken herds of wildebeest have continued crossing the Tanzanian border into the Maasai Mara. Herds continue to amass around the Sand River Gate and the area beneath the Naimalumbwa Hills, drawn by sporadic rainfall - and the promise of young grass beginning to shoot - along the Serengeti border. Although this rainfall has had the effect of slowing down the progress of the main migration, it is anticipated tha…

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07 July 2004

Mara: Sunday 27th June 2004

Small broken herds of wildebeest have crossed into the Mara, there are still herds around Sand river gate and towards Naimalumbwa hills, a few kilometers into the Northern Serengeti. After our fact finding trip last week, we had some rain along the border of the Mara and the Serengeti on a large patch of burnt grasslands on the Serengeti side. The wildebeest are usually attracted to such places after the rains because of anticipation of new growth of grass. On visiting sand river, we noted th…

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07 July 2004

Mara: Friday 18th June 2004

All indications now suggest that the annual Maasai Mara migration is about to begin in earnest. Large herds of zebras from the loita have moved into the park from the east about a week ago. They are currently to the east of Musiara gate and Mara Intrepids. This usually precedes the main migration from the south. Two weeks ago, one could not easily see a zebra in the park, and their arrival really is a good sign of things to come. A fact finding trip to the border of the Mara and Serengeti, a…

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