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30 November 2006

Migration Update - 30th November 2006

Heavy rains throughout many areas of Tanzania have made access quite tricky for game viewing. The Serengeti, in particular, has had more than a week of very heavy rains, mostly falling in the north, west and central areas of the park. The rain shadow of Ngorongoro had kept the Ndutu area and south Loliondo free of some of this rain, but the last couple of days have seen major rainfall in these areas as well.The Western Corridor road has been impassable on several occasions due to the rivers (O…

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27 November 2006

Big Cat Update, Masai Mara, Kenya, Friday 24th November 2006

LionsLion sightings have reached a record high around Mara Intrepids and Explorer over the past month. The Ridge Pride, which has settled near our camps, has been giving guests thrilling daily sightings, with its 10 cubs - eight females and two males - regularly out and about. Over the past few weeks, the pride's territory appears to have expanded from around the Maternity Area south of Rhino Ridge towards the Talek River east of our two camps. This has brought them into occasional conflict wit…

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27 November 2006

News from the Maasai Mara, Kenya Friday 24th November 2006

With one of the longest wildebeest migrations on record, it’s appropriate that 2006 was the year in which U.S. television giants ABC chose to name the Maasai Mara as one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Now well into the latter half of November, there are still thousands of wildebeest on the central and southern Mara plains, from where they are gradually ”“ if belatedly ”“ making their way back to the Serengeti Reserve.The drawn-out nature of this year's migration has been largely due…

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24 November 2006

Migration Update - 24th November 2006

All of the Serengeti has been subject to substantial rain over the last couple of days. This has ranged from a few days of almost solid rain in the north, to a light drizzle around Ndutu. From the weather charts, it looks as if the wet period will be with us for a while, so we can expect it to have substantial impact on the location of the Migration.While the rains will promote the new rich grass growth, it will be a week or two before the areas that had no cover at the end of the dry season ga…

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13 November 2006

Migration Report - 12th November 2006

The rains that have been falling in many areas of Tanzania havefinally made it to the Serengeti. Many areas have received decentshowers in the last few days and so the Migration itself is on themove again. Whether this is a temporary diversion or something morepermanent, only time will tell as the Wildies will need much more rainto persuade them to leave the north for the short grass plains.Currently the herds are spread with decent numbers still in Kenya andcrossing the Mara River, the advance…

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04 November 2006

News from the Maasai Mara, Kenya Wednesday 31st October 2006

The wildebeest have made a really dramatic come back. In a confounding marvel of nature, we are now experiencing a similar scenario like last year where we witnessed a 'second migration'! In just a week, herds in the plains south of the Mara have swelled enormously. In a repeat of the July entry, the herds have been split into two groups, one heading north into the Mara Triangle, and the other southwards to the northern Serengeti before crossing the Sand River Gate - back into the Mara. From th…

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01 November 2006

Migration Report - 1st November 2006

While large areas of Tanzania has been receiving heavy downpours over the last two weeks, the Serengeti has yet to receive much of this. The Eastern side of the Park is quite dry now, though there is still plenty of grass around the whole northern sector.The Migration herds are even more spread out than before, with substantial groups still north of the Mara River but sizeable numbers around Bolagonja, Tabora and Grumeti. If the rains hold off, the wildies will not move to central Serengeti to…

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