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Rain in the northern Serengeti could cause the herds to return

23 Sep 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker
 
We have had rain in Serengeti north yesterday. We expect alot of herds to turn around and come back to our area.
 
This update is from Claud, Manager at Serengeti North Wilderness Camp.
 
Regards
Rajon
 

Rain in the northern Serengeti
Rain in the northern Serengeti - Image by Wild Frontiers

Herds in the northern Mara Triangle

22 Sep 2016 from WildEarth

Hi HerdTracker 

The herds have arrived in the northern Mara Triangle after coming north from the Serengeti.

Kind Regards,
Graham

Herds in the northern Mara Triangle
Herds in the northern Mara Triangle - Image by WildEarth

Big herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy

22 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

The big herds are still stuck at the Olare Orok Conservancy, we have been experiencing a decent amount of rain every evening for the last three days, Not everyone makes it safely to the promised land, this time round, a topi was not lucky.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Big herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy
- Image by Onesmus Irungu
Big herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy
- Image by
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi - Image by Onesmus Irungu

Mini crossing near the main crossing point

22 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

Here are some images of yesterday's mini crossing just near the main crossing point. The crocodiles had a feast, prompting the herds to be fewer in numbers.

Regards,
Tim
 

Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur

Big movement at crossing point two

20 Sep 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker

We have had a crossing today at crossing point number two. Close to 100,000 wildebeest crossed at around 09:15 this morning.

Update from Claud Manager at Serengeti North Wilderness Camp.
 
Regards
Rajon
 

Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point

20 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker, 

Yesterday, a couple of thousand wildebeests crossed at Cul de sac crossing from the Reserve to the mara triangle on their way back to Serengeti.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu

Action in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Each evening the herds move away from the river lines and bush areas onto the tops of the open plains for safely in numbers. In the mornings they are elsewhere, having been chased through the night by the multiple groups of lions and hyenas leaving fresh carcasses in their wake.

It is easy to find the action at first light. One follows the vultures as they glide one after the other at low level across the plains.

The second photo below was taken after sunset on the plain between Porini Lion camp and Mara Plains camp.

The herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Sunset on the plains between Porini Lion camp and Mara Plains camp
Sunset on the plains between Porini Lion camp and Mara Plains camp - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point

19 Sep 2016 from Timothy Leperes Laur

Hi HerdTracker

I took these images at the Rocky crossing near the main crossing point. The wildebeest look indecisive about whether or not to traverse the water.

Kind Regards,
Timothy Leperes Laur
Masai Mara Safari Guide
 

Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur

Action at the Cul de Sac crossing point

13 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

The herds are crossing over to Mara Triangle at the Cul de Sac crossing point.

Thanks,
Onesmus 

Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point
Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point
Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu

Mega crossings at the Mara River

09 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Indeed it was one of the MEGA crossings for the better part of today!

Even more fascinating is that they were crossing from the Mara Triangle (South west) into the reserve heading towards Mara North, Olare Orok and Naboisho Conservancies! This just means we still have a chance to enjoy the migration for few coming weeks.

Regards,
Onesmus

Mega crossings at the Mara River
Mega crossings at the Mara River - Image by
Mega crossings at the Mara River
Mega crossings at the Mara River - Image by

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