Sunday, January 6, 2013

Update 2013: Migration in Southern Serengeti

The wildebeest are milling around the southern Serengeti. They will be based here for the next couple of months while they foal and enjoy the lush grasslands of Ndutu Plains. They are stretched from the outer slopes of Ngorongoro Crater in the east past Ndutu to the west.
Millions of wildebeest and zebra can be seen grazing (and not much more) as far as the eye can see. There has been a lot of rain and the ground is wet and soggy. Safari guests should expect to have rain, but in return get some exceptional (and quiet) game viewing. There are few visitors to the Serengeti at this time due to the weather, but for those that do go it can feel like safaris of a bygone era where you share the Serengeti with only the local Maasai.
A number of the wetter tracks have been closed off by the park rangers.
We recommend the permanent camps, like Ndutu Lodge or the central Serengeti hotels, like Serengeti Serena Lodge as these are set up to deal with the rain.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heading to grumeti river camp from 3rd of June 2013 for 10 nights and was hoping to see the great migration in the area what are the chances of witnessing this happen.

Safarimapper said...

We normally recommend splitting your time between a couple of camps in different areas to increase your chances of seeing the migration. 10 days is a long time at one camp. Having said that, there is a good chance that some of the migration will be around Grumeti in early June.

Anonymous said...

and crossing mara river? When would it probably be this year?
thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

Will it be easy to follow the migration and what's the chances of seeing a kill

Safarimapper said...

It depends when you are going. Between July and October the migration is normally based in the northern Serengeti and Masai Mara. They move short distances to find the best grazing, but it is easy to follow them as they are criss-crossing the Mara River rather than going anywhere in particular. From April to July they will be on the move heading west and north. It is harder to predict their movements over these months.

Catching a kill is a lottery.

Anonymous said...

Where are the migration now and when will they reach grumeti I'm there to witness this in early June

Anonymous said...

When are the wildebeest expected to be at grumeti river camp I'm there on 3rd June to see them

Anonymous said...

Will I be able to follow the herds and how long to they stay in an area for when they reach the western corridor