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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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.
Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.
The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.
Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.
Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp.
The old adage “Location, Location, Location” surpasses all – Nkorombo has it in spades! The Masai Mara made famous by the BBC’s “Big Cat Diaries” and more recently Disney’s “African Cats” is the predators prime real estate. Secreted away amongst a stand of wild olive and orange croton Alex Walker’s Nkorombo camp flanks a lively salt lick. A refuge for Black Rhino, Lion and Leopard cast about stalking a lavish overabundance of plucky prey.
This snug little bush camp is chock-full of singular character. Five tents command a view over the rushing Mara River, at once bursting with laughing hippo and languorous crocodile. True to it’s unpretentious origins, camp life is low-key and tranquil.
Sustainable tourism is at the heart of Little Governors' Camp. As one of the first camps to be located in the Masai Mara, Boasting only 17 luxury tents, the camp can only be reached by a scenic boat ride across the Mara River and finally, a walk through the stunning riverene landscape. Quiet and undisturbed, the camp welcomes resident elephants who visit during lunch time, as well as wildlife at the natural waterhole in front of the camp. Although one doesn't need to go far to enjoy the unfenced, wildlife-rich surrounds, the Masai Mara itself is one of the best places on the planet to see Africa's Big Five, plains game and of course, offers front row seats to the Wildebeest Migration*.
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Governors' has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.
Newly refurbished in 2018, Il Moran Camp is hidden in the cool shade of the riverine forest that follows the bends of the Mara River. Each tent enjoys a private location from which to enjoy the beautiful and serene setting. Hippos wallow in the river waters below, elephants wander through camp, and the night time is punctuated by hyena whoops and lion calls.
Each canvassed room is expansive and newly furnished to a superior standard. Beautiful old wood furniture and muted natural tones are a natural extension of the environment around. Each stylish bathroom boasts a Victorian style bath and his & her vanities. A large verandah is designed for relaxing in comfort in the peaceful surroundings.
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