Friday, June 18, 2010

Annual Migration Highlight has started!

The wildebeest and zebra have entered the Masai Mara in large numbers over the past few days! This is earlier than expected and earlier than "normal".
This is the start of the highlight of the annual migration season: The migration from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara and the Mara River crossing. The wildebeest have not yet started crossing the Mara River, but safari guides are expecting this to happen in the next few days. With the lack of water in the western and southern Masai Mara, the wildebeest will quickly move north and cross the Mara River. The crocodiles are waiting!

There are still large herds in the Serengeti and there has been some rain.
The main herds have been entering the Masai Mara from the Sand River and moving north and west.

The best safari camps for the migration at this time are:
Keekorok Lodge: The migration is all around this lodge at the moment and rangers have a hard job clearing the airstrip for each landing and take off. This is a large camp and not for those looking for an exclusive intimate safari experience.


Anonymous said...

does this mean that the wildebeest will be gone from the Masai Mara come September? Or do they stick around for 3 months at a time?

wildebeestmigration said...

Generally the migration will remain in the Masai Mara until late September or October. i.e. it doesn't depend on when they arrive. It is influenced by weather patterns - mostly the availability of water. They will remain around the Mara River until they rains in the Serengeti draw them back.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean that the crossing (which I am told is the highlight of the migration) will be over by end August ? Or does the herds continue the crossing in large numbers around now ?

wildebeestmigration said...

It looks like they will be in the Masai Mara for a while - well into September (dependent on rainfall).

Anonymous said...

Okat guys, i am confused.

will the wilderbeast stay in one large hold throughout their time in the mara?

If so, how do we know once we leave nairobi where they will be? Will all the campsites be full if we don't book ahead?

questions, questions, questions... thanks in advance?

wildebeestmigration said...

It is definately best to book ahead - otherwise you run the risk of not finding any accommodation at all and losing out on the opportunity! The herds are so vast that you are bound to see it no matter where you are staying, and remember that the game drives will be targeted at viewing the migration so you will have excellent opportunities. A mobile tented safari is always a good way to be as close as possible to the action