The recent rainfalls seem to have had an enormous effect on Yaya!
For the last few weeks, she have been mating with Baba Yao. But, last week her affection has turned to Kibogoyo (one of the six Marsh Males). The photos below show Yaya and Kibogoyo mating despite the heavy rain pouring - the guests witnessed an impressive sound show of roaring and thunder, while Yaya rolled on the mud until she was the same colour as the earth.
However, Baba Yao and Koshoke (both the six Marsh Males) were seen laying low nearby but soon moved towards a termite mount which gave them better elevation to watch the show.
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The Mara Triangle have been heavily raining for the last few days. Angama Mara safari guide Adam Bannister managed to take a few photos of the Mara River. However, the Mara grasslands are lush and green.
Ehlane Plains Camp guest Jennifer captured the herds feasting on the fresh grass in front of the camp.
The wealth and diversity of wildlife in this area of the Serengeti, guests are rewarded with year-round game viewing. Morning and afternoon drives are augmented by guided walks and hot-air balloon safaris while inter-connecting tents mean that families with children can easily be accommodated at Ehlane and there are guides available for private family safaris.
Serian Camp guests witnessed a storm rolling just in front of the camp. With the heavy rains that have been pouring, the Mara river is filling up and this is the beginning of Kenya's long rain that was needed.
The plains are at their most beautiful, vivid with wildflowers and teeming game!
This is an ideal time for photographic safari as the quality of the light is magical. However, the short grasses of the south cannot sustain the vast herds, and they are moving northwards and westwards.
From April to June, the Serengeti is the theatre for one of the most impressive wildlife shows on earth. Hundreds of thousands of plains game are moving towards the Seronera, the the Grumeti River. This spectacular moving feast is trailed by predators; lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena.
The Seronera area of the Serengeti comprises open plains dotted with attractive kopjes. There's plenty of resident game with relaxed predators as well as the migrating herds coming through in April and May. Given in the Seronera's Central position, you can stay here and still travel south as well as north to the Western Corridor. However, this advantage means that the Seronera rains busy throughout most of the migration.
The Ndutu plains are still the area to focus on! Game viewing is prolific and the park is very quiet due to the rainfalls. But overall, this is one of the best time to travel to the Serengeti if you want to encounter predators action.
As Roving Bushtops prepares to make the move back to the Central Serengeti, the herds seem to be making their way too. The migration was captured in the Moru area by safari guide Amos.
Some camps are set in magnificent surroundings but fixed: others offer game viewing on the move, at the expense of five-star facilities. As its name implies, Roving Bushtops offers the best of both worlds.
The camp's main base sits proudly in the heart of the Central Serengeti, in the Seronera Valley. Not only does our superb location provide exceptional year-round game viewing for our guests, the migration comes to us in June and November and we can reach the migration herds on a half or full-day game drive till around the end of June/beginning of July before they reach the northern Serengeti and around mid October to November when the herds are returning.
In between (December to mid-April), Roving Bushtops follows the migration South to Kusini where we sit temporarily for about four months. Ensuring our guests get high chances of seeing the migration birthing season after which the camp moves back to our spot in Central Serengeti to catch the herd before they reach Serengeti Bushtops which offers a ringside seat for the world-famous river crossings, which take place in the Northern Serengeti.
The great migration movies constantly. Feasting complete and leaving behind a rather barren landscape in the south, the herds follow the rumblings of thunder northwards. Mega columns of wildebeest stretch from the south, through the Moru Kopjes in the central Serengeti and all the way to the Western Corridor.
The wildebeest were captured in the Kusini Area! However, a big herd is in the Central Serengeti.
April is the final month that the herds spread across the southern plains. Calving season is ending, but there is still enough rain and fresh grass to keep the herds in the southern plains for the majority of the month. When they start moving to the northern plains, it's impossible to predict - but in previous years, the first herds moving up into the heart of the Serengeti in April, starting their big push to the dry season grazing grounds of the northern Serengeti and Maasai Mara.
Historically, however, the Ndutu plains are still the area to focus on! Game viewing is prolific and the park is very quiet due to the risk of some rain.
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Little Red taking care of Spot's cubs, while Spot was sleeping nearby. The two daughters of Siena (one of the original Marsh Pride females) are always together. We are hoping the cubs will adopt this behaviour into adulthood!
Yaya was captured with Baba Yao, one of the six Marsh males. He has been trying to mate with her for the last few weeks - they are therefore spending a lot of time together and this morning they were spotted feeding on zebra together.
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As the grass becomes depleted in the south, the great herds are starting to move into the woodlands west of Seronera towards the western corridor
Large numbers of griffon vultures follow the herds waiting for the old and weak to fall.
Thunderstorms are becoming common as the long rains are starting. It is thought that the wildebeest follow the lightning and thunderstorms in search of water. They continue eating as they move, and are scattered all across the plains, generally west of Ndutu. One day they will be all around and the next they could all have moved off, like a single entity. As the rains start to fall, the wildebeest canter off towards the storms, searching for water, Sometimes after a day or two, they return if the promise of water did not materialise.
The Marsh Pride females - Kabibi, Rembo, Dada and Kito and their cubs were spotted last night enjoying a beautiful sundowner as they pondered on the choice of game in the distance, wondering what they might hunt that evening.
Meanwhile, a really nice sighting of Kibogoyo and Koshoke relaxing at the Bilashaka area. The two males are constantly on the go as they look for mating opportunities between the Marsh Pride and the Tope Pride females.
The migration is heading towards the Western Corridor of the Serengeti as the long and heavy rains set in. It is a slow plod through scattered woodland and long-grass plains as the herds will be streaming past the Moru Kopjes and shadowing the Mbalageti River.
Patty Doublet witnessed a wobbly wildebeest calve during her morning game drives.
Where to be: Tucked into the Moru Kopjes, Dunia Camp has a lion’s eye view of the plains while the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge has an equally panoramic outlook. Both properties are well placed to intercept the Migration as it trundles westwards, but be warned that heavy rains at this time of year can reduce tracks to quagmires and make game drives a challenge. Also, consider the Serengeti Sopa Lodge and Seronera Wildlife Lodge – both are located near permanent water with an excellent resident game.
Trespasser! 'This is Blonde', one of the Olololo males was spotted feeding on buffalo with females and youngsters of the River-line pride (from the Mara Triangle), at the entrance of Governors Private Camp! They are known to cross over into the Marsh Pride territory, make a kill, and rush back home before they get caught.
Let's hope they made it back without a confrontation with the Marsh females and their cubs!
April is the wettest month of the year, and even though there's rain almost every day of the month, it rarely rains all day. April is slightly cooler than March, but it's still warm during the day, with an average high of 28C.
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Another close call with buffalo for Kabibi, Rembo, Dada, Kito and their seven remaining cubs!
Together with Koshoke (male), they were all feeding on a zebra kill when they suddenly found themselves surrounded by a herd of angry buffalo. As usual, the buffalo chased them away, including the cubs who were hesitant at first abandon their meal, but later returned to feed again leaving the cubs to watch from a distance.
Meanwhile, Pamoja and Nusu Mkia (Yaya's daughters) have been hunting a lot of warthogs lately. On this particular occasion, Yaya was waiting and watching not too far from them, possibly hoping that they allow her to join the meal if they succeeded. Unfortunately, they missed the warthogs.
Final photos show Yaya resting in the thicket with Baba Yao. They were actually not too far from the others with the zebra kill - the buffalo tried to chase them away too but they seemed less concerned than the others with the young cubs. Safari guide Moses Manduku will be keeping an eye on this pair to see if any mating takes place.
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Safari guide Micheal Thomas captured the herds in the Southern Serengeti during his afternoon game drives!
While calving season has ended, the herds of wildebeest are still in the Southern Serengeti and Ndutu Region, sustained by the lush grass on the plains. However, the herds have also started moving northwards, so you can catch them on the move in the Seronera/Central Serengeti region too.
Because of the amount of rainfall that April receives, it’s one of the least popular months to visit the park, which means that you can get discounted rates on lodging and packages. A plus is that the park is very quiet, so you’ll have sightings without any crowds.
Yaya's two daughters have been officially named 'Pamoja' (meaning 'together') and 'Nusu Mkia' which means 'half a tail'.
Name suggestions had been circulating for the last few months but were confirmed recently. Nusu Mkia had an infection in her tail and the end dropping off - making her a very easily identifiable cat in the Mara.
They were spotted just a few days ago warming up for a hunt on some warthog who were a great distance away. These two have proven to be very skilled hunters, often working together on stealthy ambushes. On this particular occasion, they managed to get all the way up to the warthog without being noticed until Pamoja got exposed at the last minute due to the short grass.
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Don’t be scared of the long rains in April! It rains mostly in the evening and days are generally clear.
The main effect of the rains is that the plains will be wet, and the black cotton soil slippery. If you can deal with the rain and slippery roads, you’ll be rewarded with excellent sightings. We highly recommend April as one of the most consistent times to see the herds. This is when they slowly get going as the newborn calves and foals get mobile.
We recommend a minimum five-night / three-night accommodation split, with the bulk going to the Kusini / Moru camp areas for an optimal Serengeti migration safari in April.
Chongo was spotted behaving like a true gentleman and following the cubs to have a bite while Kabibi, Rembo, Dada and Kito are all next in line for the zebra kill.
It seems the kill was actually made by Spot and Little Red - but they got chased off. Kito and Little Red both have some wounds from fighting over the meal, but at least little ones have managed to get their fill. Chong was then seen again a little while later resting with four of the Marsh males - Koshoke, Baba Yao and Kiok at the Bila Shaka area. The Marsh boys are back in town after a long time with the females up at Topi Plains.
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April is wet in the Serengeti, but you'll love it!
The wildebeest herds move slowly in April through the Serengeti. They leave the Ndutu region and head north-west past Simba Kopjes and toward Moru. These areas are known for their healthy lion and big cat populations. Expect a good dose of interaction between predator and prey.
Safari guide saw a small group remaining in the southern Serengeti while a large group is in the Maswa Game Reserve.
Kenya has two migrations that happen yearly! Everyone knows about the annual great migration that brings over 1.4 million animals into the Mara during the winter season. However, the lesser known migration known as the Loita migration where about 10,000 plus wildebeest and zebra migrate between the conservancies, Mara and to the Loita plains were captured in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
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This refuge of serenity may not suit those who seek a tame, barren surroundings Rather, it fits the more audacious voyager who seeks out safari's real character. Because of its intimate and select character, Ngare Serian is suited to being set aside in its entirety for family gatherings or close friends on a private basis. Each of the four, tented suites stands on a rich hard wood deck, sat above the burbling Mara river deep in the North Mara Reserve.
Our walking safari camp is part of the Wayo Africa Walking Safari experience. It is truly one-of-a-kind and is the highlight of many people's safaris. The aim of our camp is to access remote areas in the easiest manner possible while maintaining high levels of comfort. Our camp is designed to fit on a small trailer that can easily be towed in to the bush, allowing for movement as the animals move.
Tents are 3-man dome style tents that are easy to set-up with plenty of floor space for two people. It is great for a good nights rest in a really remote area. Sleeping is on comfy 4-inch mattresses on the ground and the bedding is cotton covered duvets and cotton sheets.
Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure.
Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with an undisturbed view along the Mara River. The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere. The beautifully laid swimming pool offers relaxation and even a little exercise in-between game drives.
Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and the wildlife coming to drink, whilst exchanging stories about the adventures of the day.
Like the herds of antelope that have made the Serengeti the most famous wilderness region on earth, Kimondo is a traveller. As the seasons wax and wane so this migration camp crafted of wood and canvas follows the herds on their never-ending journey across the grasslands of East Africa.
From July to October home for Kimondo is near the sinuous Mara River on the famous Lamai Wedge, where massive herds brave the jaws of hungry Nile crocodiles. As winter eases and summer warms the land, the herds move south to calve in the lush grasslands of the southern Serengeti. As the herds move, so does Kimondo, to ensure you’re never far from the heart of the migration.
But unlike the thundering wildebeest, Kimondo – like its sought-after sister-camp Olakira – leaves no footprint behind. Entirely solar-powered, it’s a migration camp that touches the earth lightly while providing authentic luxury on the Serengeti plains. With just eight comfortable tents Kimondo offers an intimate safari experience; a sumptuous taste of how the early explorers discovered the wonders of East Africa.
From rich hand-woven rugs to burnished copper lanterns a sultry mix of Moroccan exoticism and East African safari romance resonates at Kimondo, where king-size cast-iron beds rest under canvas ceilings as the rustle of the savannah lulls you to sleep. Or leave sleep for a while and linger at the fireside, swopping tales of your day in Africa as the embers crackle up towards the Milky Way. Kimondo translates as ‘shooting star’ and in Tanzania’s crystal-clear skies you’ll be sure to see more than a few.
When Sayari Camp opened in 2005 it blazed a trail in Tanzania, allowing safari travellers to access one of the most dramatic and under-explored corners of the northern Serengeti. Today, this upmarket Serengeti lodge is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five countries on the continent.
The remote and starkly beautiful landscape forms the inspiration for Sayari, with the turret-shaped roofs on each of the 15 expansive tented suites mirroring the iconic Turner Hill to the north. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
En-suite bathrooms, with spacious showers and egg-shaped baths large enough for two, offer similarly impressive Serengeti views. Fine linens and safari-chic décor offset the wilderness that lies just beyond the canvas walls, with king-size beds and private verandas to complete the world-class experience.