Sunday, August 2, 2009

The wildebeests are back

Wildebeest crossing the river below lookout hill

The crossing at paradise point

Map of the Mara showing the location of the migration

The wildebeest have made another dramatic come back. Over the last few days, the concentration in the south of the reserve swelled to an enormous number. Most of the herds as per our previous update have made a complete cycle in the past two weeks. They moved from the eastern part of the river, crossed west onto the Mara Triangle, then south into northern Serengeti and east from there before re-entering the Mara, crossing the Sand river south of look out hill. Though some of the animals are entering the Mara near Naima-Lumbwa hill, the reentry is not through the same point as they did in July when they first came. Looking down into northern Serengeti, just beyond the border, one can see thousands of animals on the plains heading north into the Mara.

Everything now on the migration front is just like last month when the wildebeest first got into the Mara. I can only say of the present activities, the migration has started again. There is a higher concentration around lookout hill and east to the central plains. The westward bound herds have spread out on the south and north of lookout hill again and many animals have started crossing the Mara River west. For the past three days, our guests have witnessed many animals crossing below lookout hill. The animals are crossing over into the Mara triangle just as before and others heading north from lookout hill, with the first ones now around Olkeju-Rongai and lower Burrungat plains. The western concentration is around Oldoinyo Olkineji and south to the border of Serengeti, while others are heading to the escarpment.

Most of the herds here have settled temporarily on the short grass from a previous burning. The unseasoned rains have played a crucial role in the sprouting of the grass. The crossing points in the north around paradise plains have been teeming with activities, with most animals crossing back and forth. The water in the river is quite shallow now, hence easy crossing by the animals. We are glad it is happening all over again.


littlewid said...

Thats such a spectacular site, so wish I could see it for real.
Great pics.

Paul Kirui said...

This one of those things you have to see in order to believe. If you have not, why not make an effort in future?