The migration took a dramatic change at the end of the past week. All the excitement at the crossing died out when most of the herds from the eastern side of the
crossed west. Once on the Mara triangle (The western side of the park) most
herds headed south into northern Serengeti. This was a quick exit, since they
were expected to stay in the Mara till November as is always the case. Our
observation shows that the change in the rain pattern played a role in this
change of events. Driving along the border shows that the herds have settled on
the northern side of Serengeti. Mara River
Most of the central Mara is now almost empty except for some isolated herds to the north around between Rhino ridge and Topi plain and to the south just below look out hill. All is not lost because the movement of the herds inside Serengeti shows they are bound for the Mara again.
From experience, as was the case in 1998, 2005 and 2009, when wildebeests disappeared only to return shortly, the herds will be on their way into the Mara again. However the change in the rain patterns and the prolonged dry spell in the Mara is believed to be the cause of the changes in the concentration and duration of stay in the Mara. There is however plenty to see even when the wildebeests are gone. the lions are being seen daily and so are cheetahs.
Map of the Mara showing the location of the wildebeests currently
Wildebeests migrate south into Northern Serengeti