Monday, August 23, 2010
The vast majority of the wildebeest are now in the eastern Masai Mara where they are enjoying better grazing. There are however still a few straglers crossing the Mara River and grazing in the Mara Triangle. Keekorok Lodge and Kitchwa Tembo are ideally located to see the herds
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The unusual weather patterns are making for spectacular sightings of the wildebeest crossing the Mara River. The herds are crossing back and forth between Kenya and Tanzania sometimes a few times a day in search of better grazing. Guests staying at Kitchwa Tembo and Serengeti Under Canvas are having unbelievable experiences.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The annual migration is in full swing with huge numbers of wildebeest and zebra in the Masai Mara and northern Serengeti. There are large herds around the Mara Triangle, Meta Plains and along the north eastern border of the Masai Mara National Game Reserve. There are large herds in the private ranches and conservancies that border the National Reserve, notably Olare Orok Conservancy.
Wildebeest have been crossing the Mara River and Talek River on a daily basis. The Mara River has consumed a large number of wildebeest, most getting killed in the stampedes while cross the river.
The highlight of the migration season also means that it draws large numbers of safari enthusiasts chasing the best location to see the river crossings. Some of the cross points can be over-run. The best way to enjoy the Masai Mara at the moment is to divide your time between the camps close to the Mara or Talek River (e.g. Mara Intrepid Camp, Mara Explorer Camp) and the camps in the private conservancies (e.g. Porini Lion Camp). This gives you a chance to be close to the river crossing, but also allows you time to get away from the other safari tourists.
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