Heavy crossings are expected in the Mara the this week due to the latest development in the herds movement. Many of the wildebeests and zebras that crossed the river earlier at paradise and lookout area are now concentrated on the Mara triangle. However, the concentration is currently on the lower side from Maji ya Ndege all the way to Ngiro-Are rangers post, salt lick and Oloololo escarpment. This area is now all wildebeests!
There are currently 3 distinct concentrations of the migrating animals. The highest concentration is on the lower Mara triangle, the second highest is now pushing north through Sand river onto the central plains with most crossing over to the triangle near the south bridge. The third concentration is around Topi plains and Musiara marsh. With these concentrations, we expect a lot of activities at the river these two weeks.
The crossing points at Lookout hill have been so busy the past couple of days, with many animals crossing from east to west. The herds to the north are not so mobile; they have been around here for some times, though occasionally a few have been trickling to the river and crossing over west. If anyone is headed to the Mara, expect to see a crossing over the next two weeks at least. Otherwise the herds on the triangle will start crossing back east once they exhaust the grass there. But this may not be in the next month and a half.
Map of the Mara showing the latest migration status
Herds spread out on the grassland
Wildebeests running to the river to cross
Wildebeests crossing the river late afternoon
wildebeests drinking at a water hole.
One of Notch's sons currently with the Ridge pride
Olive with a young wildebeest she killed at the death crossing on teh Talke river
Nkaiyoni, one of the two young male cubs of Olive, currently 13 months old.