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26 July 2012

The Wildebeest Migration Is On!

  It’s cloudy with cold showers late in the evening. The grass is moist and relished by the elephants and buffalos. The Masai blankets are indispensible on the morning game drives. The impala males are rutting; the elephant females are in estrous and the hippos are mowing the grass along the Olare Orok River. It’s a very active season in the Mara.           WILDEBEEST MIGRATION The long awaited migration of the wildebeest is on. The plains are rich with zebras, gazelles and many s…

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23 July 2012

A trickle of wildebeest quickly turns into a flood (or is it a cascade?)

Exciting news came in from our guides in the Northern Serengeti on Friday - the first crossing of the season. Only 150 or so daring wildebeest took the plunge, but as we all know, the flood starts with a trickle. Herds are pouring into Nyamalumbwa, but there are still plenty of zebras and wildebeest around the Bolagonja area where the grass is high, the ground is wet, and there are one or two fires burning.  Just an hour away from Lamai Serengeti and heading in the direction of the camp, our …

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17 July 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Wildebeest Migration Has Begun

After lots of will-they won't-they, we are happy to report the head of the migration has finally entered the Masai Mara! These pictures were taken today in the afternoon.  The recon team checks out the area..  Hmm - looks good, lots of food. I think we can settle here for the next few months.. Setting up camp...  Everyone's finding a cosy spot... The head hostess is primed. Let the games begin! Heritage Hotels (Kenya) manages two luxury camps in the Masai Mara - Mara Explorer …

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17 July 2012

Prepping For The Migration

It’s getting hotter in the Mara hitting a high of 26ºC but the mornings are chilly with temperatures as low as 15ºC. The grass has changed from lush green to gold. It’s pure hay. The elephants and buffaloes are in the valleys and along the water courses where the vegetation is lush with plenty of fresh water available.            Wildebeest Migration The annual migration of the wildebeest from the Serengeti into the Mara is late. As we continue to focus our eyes down south hoping f…

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17 July 2012

A Topic For Co-evolution & Interesting Insects

At the Great Rift Valley lodge the Acacia drepanolobium is a common plant. Its thorn-filled branches have evolved over the millennia to avoid being browsed on by the giraffe which evolved to have prehensile tongues to be able to pick acacia leaves between the thorns. The A. drepanolobium, went one step further and evolved to have galls on the edge of the thorn. These galls provide shelter for the cocktail ants which return the favour by protecting the acacia from being browsed on by the giraff…

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17 July 2012

Great Rift Valley Lodge Goes Foal!

On the morning of 9th July 2012, by the second hole on the golf course a zebra foal was born. The zebras were introduced at the Great Rift Valley Lodge four months ago and now we have two mature females, one sub-adult male and one foal. Zebras have a long gestation period of one year which helps the young one to fully develop in the womb and be able to flee predators a few minutes after birth. The mother eats the afterbirth to avoid attracting predators. However there are no predato…

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17 July 2012

Mount Longonot

  The majestic mountain seen from the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort stands at 2,785m above sea level. It has one of the largest calderas in Kenya. The name Longonot is derived from the Maasai word Oloonong’ot meaning ‘’Mountain of many spurs’’ or ‘’steep ridges’’ created by rivers of molten lava. Longonot is a Stratovocano/composite volcano built up of many layers (strata) of hardened lava, tephra, pumice and volcano ash.         The excursion to Longonot from the lodge is a…

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17 July 2012

Cheetah Hunts Ostrich Chicks - Samburu

Samburu normally dry and arid is an oasis of lush green with the rains. The antelopes have started to migrate to the plains where there's an abundance of grasses to forage on. Recently, we ventured into the neighbouring Buffalo Springs National Reserve for an early morning game drive and a picnic breakfast. Enroute by the Gir Gir hills, we came upon a male cheetah. Previous to this, the last spotting of a cheetah in Samburu National Reserve was a fortnight ago. The male cheetah, looking very …

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