22 June 2015:The permanent and seasonal rivers throughout the Mara Serengeti ecosystem are all very high after some good rain throughout the Mau escarpment, Loliondo and Kleins areas has ensured that the Mara, Grumeti and Sand Rivers are all in flood.
The migration is also well and truly split up into a few groups with probably 700 000 to a million up on the Serengeti Masai Mara Reserve border at the Sand River.Then we have a few hundred thousand all the way on the southern Serengeti plains around Naabi Hill and the Simba Kopjes.
There are good numbers behind Moru Kopjes and these are heading towards Mbalageti. There are still some herds around Namiri Plains and Turner's Spring towards the east of Seronera. Get ready for some Sand River, Mara River and possibly Grumeti River crossings.
17 December 2014: Much of the herd is in South Serengeti and Ndutu, Ngorongoro. A wonderful time of the year to go on safari.
4 November 2014: most of the herd is still around central Serengeti.
10 October 2014: a large number is now back around central Serengeti as there has been some good rains in the area, so there is feed for the herd.
1 August 2014: Some of the herd is in northern Serengeti around the Mara River as well as the Bologonja River, both of which are in the northern part of Serengeti. So there is a chance to see river crossings. Some other groups are in Masai Mara in Kenya.
27 June 2014: Due to recent large rains in central Serengeti, part of the herd have returned to the central part of Serengeti from the western part. However the other part of the herd which had actually crossed the Mara River in the north have come back over into Serengeti due to rains and grasses now existing in the northern part of Serengeti.
20 April 2014: Most of the herd is around central Serengeti (which is wonderful! If you are staying at Kati Kati Tented Camp for example as you are in a great position to see the migration).
20 January 2014: Much of the herd is now in South Serengeti and parts of Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
28 November 2013: A large part of the herd is now around Central Serengeti on their way to South Serengeti and Ndutu in preparation for calving in the new year.
1 November 2013: The herd is mainly around the western side of Serengeti on route to Central Serengeti.
10 October 2013: The herd is now in Serengeti south of the Mara River. Crossings over the river are now basically finished.
24 September 2013: Much of the herd is now back down in Serengeti, with crossings over the Mara River now sporadic as the last of the small groups cross back down south.
30 August 2013: Part of the migratory herd is still in northern Tanzania (around Kogatende) as its been raining up there and so the area is green and the herd seem to be crossing over the Mara River (and then back again) to eat the new grasses that the rains have generated. Thanks to the rain, the water level in the river is getting back to normal which is good. The below picture was taken a couple of days ago by our driver Walter.
8 July 2013: The migration is now around Kagatende in northern Tanzania as the annual control burning around central/western Serengeti have pushed the herd up to Mara River and beyond. Mara River is very dry also at the moment which is quite unusual.
19 June 2013: The migration is now around Kirawira in the western part of Serengeti.
7 June 2013: The migration has not yet reached the western side of Serengeti. They are between Kirawira and Central Serengeti still, due to the large amount of feed still around thanks to the good wet season March/April.
1st May 2013: The migration is currently around the information centre of central Serengeti. Kati Kati, Lemala Central & Serena Central are all wonderful places to stay right now.
18th February 2013: The migration is currently all around the Ndutu and south Serengeti area. 10th January 2013: The migration are all around the Olduvai Gorge area in Ngorongoro, near the Serengeti boundary. Few have already reached Ndutu. 26th November 2012: The herd is now south Serengeti and later this week, they will be on the plains around the Moru Kopjes.
10th November 2012: The majority are in western Serengeti. They are moving towards south Serengeti, where the calving season will begin in February/March.
1st November 2012: The majority of the herd is now in the Lobo area around north Serengeti. They are moving towards south Serengeti and the Ndutu area of Ngorongoro, where they will stay until February/March of next year when the calving season occurs.
8th October 2012: The migration is currently in Masai Mara, Kenya. However, we've begun experiencing slight rains in Arusha, so it's likely that the majority of the herd will cross the border into Tanzania within the next few weeks.
27th August 2012: Currently the migration is in the north Serengeti. A large part of the herd has already crossed the river heading to Masai Mara in Kenya. We look forward to their return to Serengeti at the end of October or early November.
16th April 2012: The herd is still around central Serengeti which is wonderful! If you are staying at Kati Kati Tented Camp, you are in a great position to see the herd.
21st February 2012: The herd is now around central Serengeti, near Kati Kati Tented Camp. At times they even surround the camp!
19th December 2011: The herd is around the western ridge of Ngorogoro Conservation Area. It is raining in the area and so they may stay there for a few weeks at least before heading onto the Southern part of Serengeti in preparation for birthing season in the new year.
27th July 2011: The herd has eaten out the western corner of Serengeti and is now in the northern part of Serengeti, near the Mara River. Small groups of animals have already crossed the river but most are still on the plains around the southern side of the river as pastures are still available. Once the main part of the herd does eventually start crossing the river they will still have at least another 20+ km on the other side to travel, before they finally reach the Masai Mara plains in southern Kenya.
26th May 2011: This picture below was taken by one of our driver guides whilst on safari with clients. There are great photographic opportunities at the moment as the herd is very thick and spans many kiliometers as it approaches Western Serengeti. Anyone staying in the Serengeti over the coming months can look forward to not only seeing residentwildlifearound Central Serengeti, bus also (if staying for at least a few nights in the park) the large migratory herd in Western Serengeti as well.
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