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Long lines of dust heading towards Maswa

29 Jan 2015 from Nomad Tanzania

Hi there Carel,

Nomad guide Ian Kiwelu has been out for a full day today and has seen big herds heading towards Maswa. He says there’s no sign of rain and it’s pretty dusty around there at the moment.

More to come later,
Amanda

Plains are drying out, herds on the move

Good Morning Carel,

There has been no rain here for nearly three weeks now so most of the migration has moved off towards Maswa, Makao direction. Reports indicate that there are a lot of wildies still out on the Makao plains, with a lot of cheetah sightings and action out there, and also long lines heading into Maswa.

Here at Ndutu we still have pockets of wildebeest with their calves, in the woodlands but nothing of any significance.

All the best,
Ainslie

Don’t be alarmed, there’s still some good numbers at Ndutu

28 Jan 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

I have a report from our camp manager at Lemala Ndutu saying that there are big numbers around Ndutu area at the moment which the guests are enjoying. They are also witnessing a number of births and many calves are being seen. 

Here are a few photos which he has sent to me.

Best wishes, 
Tom
 

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Wildebeest in Ndutu - Image by Tom Yule
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Wildebeest at a waterhole in Ndutu - Image by Tom Yule
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There are still big wildebeest numbers in Ndutu - Image by Tom Yule

It’s all happening at Kusini towards the west and Alamana to the east

27 Jan 2015 from Wildlife Explorer

Hi Carel

Just to let you know there is a lot of birthing going on around our camp at The Alamana, the little ones are getting mobile. These photos just in. 

The bulk of the herds are towards Kusini and Maswa though. Hope you also got the photos from Gary, taken at our Kusini camp?

Regards,
Sean

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Last year's wildebeest calves - Image by Lois Blalock
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Migration on the move - Image by Lois Blalock
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Things are drying out in the Serengeti - Image by Lois Blalock
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Migration heading west soon - Image by Lois Blalock
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Newborn wildebeest calves - Image by Lois Blalock
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Wildebeest calf takes its first steps - Image by Lois Blalock
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Survived my first day in the Serengeti - Image by Lois Blalock
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Wildebeest migration close to Alamana - Image by Lois Blalock

It is drying out and the herds are moving west towards the Maswa treeline

27 Jan 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Morning Carel,

Just a quick update, dry days, some good numbers heading west into Maswa and the area south west of Kusini. Will try and keep in touch.

Alex

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Wildebeest migration heading west - Image by Alex Walker
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Wildebeest herds on the move - Image by Alex Walker

Some big numbers at Kusini and some more rain

23 Jan 2015 from Wildlife Explorer

Hi Carel,

Yesterday we had a super-herd file into the area in front of the Dulana Serengeti Camp staying for the whole day, evening and moving out east during the night time rain.

This morning we are left with a few thousand enjoying the refreshed grass in front of camp, whilst the main grouping is massed a kilometre away mostly on the Serengeti side of the boundary between the Ndutu woodlands and Kusini.

Its worth noting that a large calving group has been in residence at The Alamana in the Loliondo Game Conservancy Area for the past two weeks and have been consistently dropping calves as large build ups of rain have been consistent. Cumulus, blue skies and great game viewing!

Gary
Wildlife Explorer

- Image by Gary Strand

The first few almost steps of our 2015 new arrivals

22 Jan 2015 from Lemala Camps

Morning Carel,

Some good numbers around the Ndutu marshes and Hidden Valley with some of the bigger herds having moved towards the south-west of Ndutu.

Some sunshine over the last week or so, plenty of new arrivals and very good predator interaction on the plains. Enjoy the snippet of the first few almost steps of a new wildebeest calf.

Keep well,
Veronica 

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The bigger herds have moved towards the south-west of Ndutu - Image by Veronica Otter
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Good numbers around the Ndutu marshes - Image by Veronica Otter
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Wildebeest calf walking for the first time - Video by Veronica Otter

Wildebeest moved towards Kusini south west of Ndutu with zebra close to the lakes

Hello Carel,

Although most of the large numbers of wildebeest seem to be out Makao direction, there are still good numbers around the woodlands of Ndutu, mixed in with good numbers of zebra.

Our resident leopards are seen most days at the moment, and lots of cheetah with cubs and the large herd of elephant are at the gravel pond most afternoons for a swim. Last night we had a small amount of rain, much needed, and will hopefully develop into more.

All the best,
Ainslie

- Video by Ainslie Wilson Ndutu Safari Lodge
- Video by Ainslie Wilson Ndutu Safari Lodge

Very good numbers south west of Ndutu towards Kimuma Hill

20 Jan 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Morning Carel,

Nice big herds all south west of Ndutu Makau road. Babies galore, lots of cheetah action on the plains. 

The largest concentrations are here around Serengeti South and Kimuma hill. Probably amounting to a hundred thousand. Images to follow.  

Keep well,
Alex

Calving season in full swing

19 Jan 2015 from Carel Verhoef

It seems that we are having a wonderful calving season at Ndutu and the surrounding plains, all the way from Kusini through to Ndutu and Masek, to Olduvai and beyond to Piyaya and Gol Kopjes. 

With enough rain and good new grass do we expect the herds to be stationary for the next month or so with little movement other than the odd new born stretching their new legs. Cheetah, lion and a like are all having a feast of a time and most people would have timed their visit to the southern plains well with a few departures into late March probably a little late this year.

Wonderful video shared by Alex Walker and his team. Thanks Alex!

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Art Wolfe East Africa Daily Journal 3: The Serengeti - Video by Art Wolfe

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