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31 July 2006

News from the Maasai Mara, Kenya Monday 31st July 2006

The concentration of wildebeest and zebra herds in the Maasai Mara has been building faster than expected over the past week. The light showers that swept across the southern and eastern Mara have accelerated the arrival of new herds from the northern Serengeti, where they had briefly settled on areas of recently burned grassland. The herds are now spread all over the Keekorok Plains and around Roan Hill, with several larger herds grazing on the Burrungat Plains south of the Talek River. There …

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17 July 2006

News from the Maasai Mara, Kenya Monday 17th July 2006

The concentration of wildebeest in the areas mentioned last week has increased quite dramatically over the past few days. Thousands of zebra and wildebeest have been massing around and to the north of the Sand River Gate this weekend. The first herds have pushed further west to Roan Hill and have been joined by another herd of about 2,000 wildebeest that crossed the Tanzanian border through the Naima Lumbwa Hills. This rapid build-up in numbers confirms our assertion that the world's greatest w…

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14 July 2006

Migration Update - 14th July 2006

The Migration has now definitely moved on to the more rewarding pastures of the northern Serengeti. There are some tail-enders still in the Western corridor, and the good resident game is much in evidence, but the main bulk of the wildies have left as the water & fodder which support them is no longer sufficient. The seasonal Grumeti River dried out to pools quickly this year, and the annual fires, some precautionary burns and some poachers fires gone out of control, have reduced the amount of …

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14 July 2006

News from the Maasai Mara, Kenya Wednesday 12th July 2006

Heritage Hotels’ guides can today officially confirm the beginning of the world’s greatest annual wildlife spectacle, with thousands of wildebeest massing around the traditional entry points near Sand River Gate. A herd of almost 5,000 animals has already crossed the border, and could be seen this morning moving in the direction of Roan Hill. Despite this early progress, however, the wildebeests’ movement is likely to be slower than usual this year because of the long grass that has sprouted on…

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