Migration update


An exciting and interesting season with pockets of the Great Migration already in Serengeti although it appears that the wildebeest do not actually know where they should be at this early time of year?? As with previous seasons and migration patterns these first groups are a month early, a great bonus and pleasant surprise for those taking advantage of the Green November Season.

Bush2Beach drivers, sending through their updates to us office bound folk, reporting over the last 2 weeks wildebeest had made it down as far as Seronera area of Serengeti only to turn around again and head back in the direction of Lobo on the north east arm of Serengeti.

As it stands and to confirm to those who are coming shortly the migration is definitely well and truly in Tanzania, with good sightings in and around Lobo and Moro kopjes all being located in the Serengeti National Park.

Wilderbeest grazing the green plains of the SerengetiBeside the migration plenty of resident wildlife to be taken in during game drives, with many happy clients returning back to Arusha with stories of their semi-lux mobile camp safaris being better and more luxurious than they could ever imagine a camping trip to be!!

Zebras mix up with the Wilderbeest of the Great Migration

The short rains have finally caught up with us in Arusha and stretch out to west Kilimanjaro, good thing is to date the rains seems to be falling from dusk till dawn then clearing leaving evidence of the continuous steady pita patter with muddy side streets from swollen flood drains! (When will people learn that rubbish and storm drains don’t mix!! )

The positive side of the short rains out of Arusha town itself is the smell of freshness is in the air. Parched landscapes have now been replaced with a carpet of new green grasses, a once golden bush now lush with new leaves, blossoms and with the on-set of what would be classed as spring in Europe new life is born.Noisy fledglings are making hurried erratic first flights from tree to tree as they get more confident moving further distances away from the safety of the nest.

As of last week whilst walking and birding with friends in West Kilimanjaro we camp across firstly what appeared to be a single Verreaux Eagle owl perched and hidden in the canopy of a heavy acacia – upon close observation through binoculars it turned out to be a juvenile still showing the last signs of down chest and neck feathers, with further searching through the adjacent acacia we came across mum and dad both well hidden to the naked eye but larger than life through the binoculars, seems to be a season for us of Owls it would appear !!

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  1. jay conklin May 28, 2011

    thanks for the update Chris. Looking forward to meeting you in Tanzania. Jay


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