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Update from the deep south, Kusini and wonderful images from Alex Walker

26 Feb 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Carel, hi there

Still some scattered herds here at Kakessio spread out accros the plains and headed west, the pans are drying out.  Nursery herds mainly and numbering upto 80 000. On the Kusini side, Michael just returned from that side and reported that lots have headed north from Kusini to Moru but they had big rain there last night so some will certainly turn around again.  

I send you more pictures and video soon!

Alex

Crater far away - Image by Alex Walker
Serengeti south - Image by Alex walker

The herds are back from Maswa and some movement up to Moru

26 Feb 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

‎Hi Carel
The migration is back in the Serengeti! Most of the herds are moving North and past Ndutu and Kusini. Plenty are scattered around the Moru plains. We got a couple of pics but I don't think they begin to doo justice to what it actually looks like on the ground. It still doesn't cease to amaze me.
Thanks and Regards,
Joel
 

- Image by Capt Joel
- Image by Capt Joel
- Image by Capt Joel
- Image by Capt Joel

Lions having a field day with the herds around Naabi and the Ndutu triangle

25 Feb 2015 from Mashine

Morning Carel, I passed Naabi and the Ndutu triangle on my way to Seronera where I picked up clients this morning and there are many wildebeest around Naabi hill and the Ndutu triangle.  I did bump into lots of Zebra around Seronera and they generally lead the way so it might be the first sign of movement back to the north if there is more rain in the south the herds might turn round again to Ndutu.  The video is of a younf lioness still out of breath after her kill.  

Thanks

Mashine

Watch this video clip just in from Mashine, Safari guide in the Serengeti, of the lioness on her wildebeest kill, dragging it off to safely a little further away from the main road. Serengeti Migration Safaris with HerdTracker - Video by Joseph "Mashine" Swai

Zebra at Seronera, herds move towards permanent water sources

24 Feb 2015 from Lemala Camps

Morning Carel,

We drove from Ewanjan to Ndutu and was surprised with the numbers around Seronera, it seems that some of the herds opted for the more permanent water supply of the Seronera river system, a surprise to have them up with us this time of year.

It seems that if we don't have significant rain down south that we might have a breakup of the herds in general with some moving back up to Seronera and or Lobo, some heading deep into Maswa and the Western Corridor, others staying around the Ndutu marshes and even towards Gol and Piyaya.

Keep well,
Veronica, from Wildwaters Uganda :-)

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Zebra in Seronera - Image by Lemala Camps
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The herds in Seronera and Lobo - Image by Lemala Camps
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Things are drying up in Seronera and Lobo - Image by Lemala Camps
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Zebra close to a waterhole - Image by Lemala Camps

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23 Feb 2015 from Carel Verhoef

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Keep well,
Carel

Wonderful Mara River crossing 22 September 2014 Lemala Camps - Video by Lemala Camps

Either side of Naabi Hill, full of wildebeest

23 Feb 2015 from Grumeti Expeditions

Hi Carel,

I am driving through Naabi to pick up guests from Seronera and I am amazed at the views that greeted me. Herds and herds of wildebeest flooding the open plains.

Still waiting on the rains to arrive but will update over the coming days as I am in Ewanjan central Serengeti for a couple of days then heading to Lemala Ndutu.

Wolfugan,
Grumeti Expeditions 

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Wildebeest herds at Naabi Hill - Image by Grumeti Expeditions

Welcome rain in Ndutu and Naabi prolongs the calving season

23 Feb 2015 from Lemala Camps

Morning Carel,

I flew into our camps and captured the video footage for you, it shows how quickly the black-cotton soil gets slippery and the return of some good numbers to Ndutu and surrounding plains. we saw big herds from Naabi to the Ndutu marshes and towards Kakesio and Matiti Hill.  

Thanks,
Tom Yule,
Lemala Camps

Wonderful highlights of Tom's recent migration update for HerdTracker. The Serengeti migration on the southern plains, update from Lemala Camps. - Video by Tom Yule

Ndutu marshes are packed with zebra and wildebeest

21 Feb 2015 from Nomad Tanzania

Hi Carel,

Nomad guide Ian Kiwelu reports fantastic numbers around the Big Marsh area of Ndutu from his drive there yesterday. And here's the proof!

Amanda

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Migratory wildlife in Ndutu - Image by Ian Kiwelu
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Wildebeest herds at the Ndutu Marsh - Image by Ian Kiwelu
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Zebra and wildebeest in Ndutu - Image by Ian Kiwelu
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Game drive in Ndutu - Image by Ian Kiwelu

The rain brings the herds back to Ndutu

Good morning Carel,

Big movement back to Ndutu area after some good rain out on the plains. This morning Kusini plains full, and strong movement towards Two Trees and Small Marsh Plains.

This photo just in from our guide Hamisi, at Big Marsh this morning. The rain has been falling in a very localised way. Although very little right over the lodge, the Triangle Plains, Hidden Valley and Marsh areas have had quite a bit.

It still remains bone dry in the immediate vicinity of the Lodge, Masek areas and out towards Twin HIlls. Total rainfall for the area is well down on last year.

Regards,
Ainslie

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Rain has returned to Ndutu - Image by Hamisi

Finally some good rain, and some of the herds return to Ndutu

20 Feb 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

I have just returned from Ndutu and for the past two nights, some nice soaking rains have fallen in the area. There are big herds still around Kakesio and Kusini but yesterday morning when I went out, I saw a lot of the animals moving back towards Ndutu.

Keep well,
Tom Yule

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Flying over the Serengeti - Image by Tom Yule
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Wet weather in Ndutu - Image by Tom Yule

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