Monday, July 25, 2016

Migration update- Late July 2016

The concentration of the migrating herds is at two major areas, The Mara triangle (where most of the herds are at the moment and east towards Keekorok lodge. Th eother areas of eh reserve and conservancies have patchy herds. The Serengeti herds in the past week kept streaming into the Mara triangle, with heavy crossings by lookout hill. These kept crossing the River by look out hill over the week. Most of the Mara plains are still teeming with a sea of over grown red oat grass. To most herbivores this is quite tough and rough for them and this explains why the herds have just been rushing through the reserve when there is plenty of grass.

The have a heavy crossing activity at the paradise crossing point over the week as herds cross over to the west of the Mara River. These have been moving across Paradise plain to the River and crossing over west. Many have been dying from predation by crocodiles and others from trampling in the stampede in the river. It is a week full of excitement for the Mara visitors some of whom had to stay the whole day to witness this natural phenomenon. Northern Serengeti is now quiet with few wildebeests, but still active with its cats.

Crossing point
Crossing point 
Exit stampede

The herds on the move

Great photo opportunity with nice sunsets/rise

The clean-up squad are always there to do their job

Lions get an easy meal during the migration

Many of the wildebeests fall prey to predators

For Many Mara lions, the migration is a time for procreation

Common sight in the Mara now, Wildebeests and other herbivores all over