Sunday, June 12, 2016

The wildebeests migration now enters Masai Mara

I am happy to report that the wildebeests have now entered the Mara! Though this is still in its’ initial stages, every indication shows that the stage is set for the world’s most fascinating wildlife spectacle.  Welcome and join us in the arena….

A herd of a few thousands wildebeest have crossed the border near sand river gate. They have been seen over the past one-week taking their traditional route towards Roan hill. Some have already moved all the way towards Hamerkop area. The plains now between Sand River, Roan Hill and Keekorok lodge is teeming with the first herds that have moved into the area. The first animals arrived about 6 days ago.

 Their movement however is slower because of the amount of grass in their way. Since May we have continued having intermittent rains which has made the plains covered in long green grass. This is expected to slow the migration movement north. Looking onto the Serengeti from the sand river, one can see isolated herds of zebra and wildebeest heading north though reluctantly. We anticipate this concentration to build as the herds push up north into the Mara.

A fellow guide in Grumeti area, has informed me that the migrating herds have taken two wings one wing heading north from Grumeti area to the west and the eastern wing is the one now moving into the Mara. A lot is now expected to happen in the following weeks and months as the wildebeests concentration intensify.

1 comment:

Mary Bowman-Kruhm said...

So the wildebeest are moving despite having plenty of food. Does this seem to indicate fresh green grass is not a primary reason for the Great Migration? That instinct or another reason drives their movement?