The concentration of wildebeests in the Mara has gone up even more since my first report last month. The Serengeti herds that came into the Mara have now started crossing the Mara river west into the Mara triangle. Many crossing have been witnessed over the past week.
The Loita herds have increased in number, and the Serengeti herds have doubled and are now beyond the main Keekorok/Mara bridge road and some are already on central plains. We thought the long grass in their way will keep them from moving fast across the plains, but that was wrong. the animals moved across the plains much faster and the concentration build up was also fast as the southern herds keep pushing north. The western front of the migration is north bound around Kogatende, and have been crossing the Mara river over the past week into Lemai Wedge. Should they keep the same pace as the eastern front, then they will be in the central Mara Triangle in a couple of weeks. However the concentration in southern Mara is already breath taking.
The Loita herds, besides increasing in number, has also pushed westwards across and are now at Topi plains and Olorukoti heading to paradise plains. A few crossings have been witnessed in the past few days. This has mainly consisted of zebras who were also the first to get this area as they lead the rest of the migratory herds.