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The Loita herds are finally giving birth

It's the time of plenty on the conservancy and around the greater Mara. The Loita migration are still here, there have been some big rain around the area with around 50 mm in the past 24 hours. Many of the migrant birds have arrived including bee-eaters, harriers, steppe eagles and storks.

Finally the majority of the wildebeest cows are giving birth. There are little animals across many species scattered around the plains. 

The Loita herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The Loita herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The Loita herds are finally giving birth
The Loita herds are finally giving birth - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Little signs of birthing in Ndutu

16 Feb 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Our guides are reporting herds in the Maswa area but its very dry and dusty in Ndutu so we are hoping for rain to bring them in. Little signs of birthing though.

Regards,
Tabby - Assistant Camp Manager - Lemala Ndutu

Lack of rain causes unusual movement in the migratory patterns

Hi HerdTracker

We have had no rains, and so the wildebeest are not doing their normal thing this year. They seem to be spread out from the central Serengeti to Moru, Maswa and Serengeti south. I have heard that there are a few calves seen. There is certainly nothing much happening at Ndutu in the way of migration. Just enough wildies around to keep the cats with full bellies.

Best wishes,
Ainslie

Big herds spotted in Seronera

16 Feb 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Our guests are so excited as they didn’t expect to see migration in Seronera in these numbers but for the last few nights our camp has been surrounded by the migration and during the day you can see them all flooding into the valley.

Exciting times at the camp and rather noisy. Excuse the quality of the image taken from my phone.

Kind Regards,
Ebenezer
Camp Manager - Lemala Ewanjan

Big herds spotted in Seronera
Big herds spotted in Seronera - Image by Ebenezer - Lemala Camps

The herds are close to Asilia Namiri Plains Camp

09 Feb 2017 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa took this stunning picture of the herds close to their Namiri Plains Camp!

The herds are close to Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
The herds are close to Asilia Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Asilia Africa

Lack of rain has slowed calving season down

24 Jan 2017 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker

From the air, the herds are quite spread out. The lack of proper rains have split them apart and I hear that the situation on the ground is quite dire. While many of the females have calved already, it seems some are holding out in the hope of better rains.

A huge portion if the herds were spotted near the Seronera airstrip and west with some herd further South in the Moru area. Few small herds also spotted further South of Ndutu too. I think the whole Serengeti is hoping for a few days of good rains to rejuvenate the plains again.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
Arusha
 

Small herds in Seronera

Hi Jarred

An update from just now, around 300/400 wildebeest in the Seronera area near to the Visitor Centre, also another 300/400 on the road / junction of Sopa / Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

Not sure where the big herds currently are.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

Calving season has yet to begin

20 Jan 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

A large group arrived down into the Marsh areas and were visible from our camp.  We dont see the babies yet but expect them soon. I am waiting for images to send you but we dont see big numbers here yet.

Regards,
Tabby
Lemala Ndutu

Seronera herds moving south

20 Jan 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Update from the Camp Managers at Lemala Ewanjan Serengeti:

We have a lot of wildebeest in our area and they appear to be moving down south.  What is amazing is that we dont see the birthing yet but guides yesterday did see one not far from our camp.

I am waiting on images.

Regards,
Felix
Lemala Ewanjan

Massive herds at Seronera

Hi HerdTracker

At Seronera, there are at least 10,000 wildebeest with zebra.  Sero is dry and dusty and they are looking for water.

We also spotted 2000-3000 zebra and wildebeest from Serengeti Pioneer Camp down to the junction of Sero-Lake Magadi. Spread out heading to Lake Magadi.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Each tent comprises of twin beds dressed in the finest traditional Indian cotton, Maasai blankets and furnished with carpets, bedside table and luggage racks.

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The Seronera Valley is renowned for fantastic year-round game viewing due to abundance of residence cats. Between April and June and November through January the area receives the wildebeest migration, turning the area into an exciting wildlife paradise. All the popular game viewing areas of central, southern or western Serengeti are easily accessible from the camp but after a busy day guests are always delighted to return to the privacy and solitude that the camp offers.

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