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24 September 2004

Mara: Monday 1st November 2004

The great wildebeest migration proved its capacity for constant surprises this week, when ”“ a week after they appeared to be leaving Kenya for good ”“ tens of thousands of wildebeest decided to remain behind in the Maasai Mara. Throughout the Mara, the wildebeest began moving against the flow of their usual migratory patterns, with some herds heading north inside the Mara Conservancy and east at the Paradise crossing point, while others congregated to the south of the Conservancy Headquarte…

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24 September 2004

Mara: Tuesday 5th October 2004

October 4th 2004 Subtle signs in the patterns of wildebeest movements across the Mara confirm that the exodus back to the Serengeti has now begun in earnest. After weeks of crossing the Mara River in an easterly direction, the herds have at last begun to head back en masse into the Mara Conservancy. At the southern end of the Conservancy, the herds that have been congregating here have now begun to drift further south towards the Tanzanian border. Despite these early signs of a mass souther…

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24 September 2004

Mara: Monday 18th October 2004

The wildebeest herds have continued their southbound trek over the past week, leaving only isolated clusters on the Mara plains. There have been almost constant westward crossings at the Paradise crossing point and Lookout Hill, while long lines of wildebeest continue to snake south across the plains. Most of the Loita herds, meanwhile, continue to remain in the reserve, as they often tend to do. The common plains game that often accompany the wildebeest herds ”“ Topi, Thomson’s gaz…

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24 September 2004

Mara: Friday 8th October 2004

October 8th 2004 True to our reports last week, the mass exodus of wildebeest from the Maasai Mara has finally begun in earnest. A rare scattering of rain in the southern Mara last week may have signalled to the herds that their departure is now overdue. It continues to be a busy time at the Paradise crossing point, with most wildebeest crossing over to the Mara Conservancy before heading south towards the Serengeti. Those from Rhino Ridge and Bila Shaka continue to cross the Talek River ne…

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24 September 2004

Mara: Wednesday 29th September 2004

The ‘Second Migration’ currently blessing the Maasai Mara has moved into a spectacular new phase, as the wildebeest herds abandon the overgrazed central plains for greener and lusher pastures on the edge of the reserve. Most of the herds that had congregated on the Central and Burrungat plains have now moved northwards across the Talek River to graze on the Paradise Plains, the areas around Musiara Gate, and the villages beyond the reserve border. However, there remain large herds on the Cen…

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24 September 2004

Mara: Tuesday 26th October 2004

With the continuing failure of the short rains in the northern Serengeti, the wildebeest herds have temporarily abandoned their mass southbound movement ”“ giving Kenyan visitors the unexpected treat of wildebeest on the Mara plains in late October. Those herds still in the Mara can be seen mainly around Rhino Ridge, the Bila Shaka area, Engoikwaatet salt lick in the Mara Triangle, and the central plains around Mara Intrepids and Explorer camps. The herds are now concentrating in the areas th…

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14 September 2004

Mara: Saturday 18th September 2004

September 17th 2004 The rains that pounded the Maasai Mara last week continued to dictate the patterns of our surprise ‘second migration’ this week. Most of the wildebeest continued to congregate in the short grass areas on the central plains, which were recently burned to promote their growth. There were also active river crossings of herds moving into the Mara Conservancy by Lookout Hill, as well as others crossing the Talek River near Mara Intrepids on their way north to Rhino Ridge. Mean…

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14 September 2004

Mara: Tuesday 14th September 2004

September 13th 2004 With the return of a ‘second migration’ from the northern Serengeti over the past fortnight, guests in the Maasai Mara have been treated to a host of wild experiences usually reserved for the busier months of July and August. Besides the denser wildebeest herds on the Central, Meta and Burrrungat plains, it has been a busy couple of weeks on the Mara River, with hundreds of animals still crossing into the Mara Conservancy close to Lookout Hill. In the middle of last week, …

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06 September 2004

Mara: Monday 6th September 2004

September 4th 2004 The concentration of wildebeest in the Maasai Mara has intensified considerably over the past week, with continuing showers on the Central and Burrungat plains leading to an unexpected ‘second migration’. Despite predictions of an early exodus of the Serengeti herds, the wildebeest have once again confounded scientific wisdom by moving north to stay with the greener pastures on the Kenyan side of the border. During the past few days, our surveys have shown that most of the…

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