As the World remains in lockdown during May 2020, the wildebeest (aswell as zebra, eland and gazelles) continue to migrate through East Africa, albeit without all the normal fanfare.
Animals are returning to cities, the ozone is repairing itself and the rivers are cleaning themselves up. How long it will last is anyone’s guess at this point.
The one great thing about the wildebeest migration is that it’s not really influenced by our human actions. The only difference right now is, they are roaming in a much quieter than normal space, but still facing the same hardships on a daily basis.
These guys are waiting to welcome you to their paradise – hopefully soon.
My blog posts have been a little behind schedule as I have spent so much time rescheduling bookings for my guests, ensuring they can still have a possible opportunity to travel in the next year. Therefore, I haven’t had much time to write long blogs. What I will do going forward is, add weekly updates to my Instagram and Facebook pages so that I can keep you all up to date more frequently.
In order to get a better idea of where the migration throughout the year is, you can have a look at my previous blog posts to better visualise their current location.
Your best possible opportunity to view the migration during April is by staying at &Beyond Serengeti under Canvas in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
The 1st week of May
The big herds have been moving back and forth due to the continuous heavy rains in the Serengeti. Smaller groups arrived in Central Serengeti, however the bigger herds that seemed to be heading towards Central Serengeti have decided to move moved back into Kakesio and Makao Plains in Southern Serengeti, with a few more splinter herds heading towards Maswa.
It is anticipated that the herds will remain around these parts for a few more weeks.
The herd is this big…..
The 2nd week of May
A big herd of approximately 1.5 million was seen at Shamba la Maharage/ south of Naabi Gate (Northeast of Ndutu) enjoying plenty of fresh water and lush green grass after the recent rains.
The herds are slowly making their way towards Naabi gate and the area called Gol Kopjes. The mega herd seems to be heading towards the Central Serengeti again, with splinter herds that will soon start making their way to the Western Corridor.
An interesting little character – the Bat–eared Fox which you can find on the Serengeti Plains
The 3rd week of May
With lush green grass and lots of water available, it seems that this year, the migration isn’t in any rush to move. The bulk of the herds are still in central Serengeti and are being seen all around Seronera Valley while there are still a couple of smaller herds grazing around Naabi Hill.
Our camp in the Western Corridor is starting to see small herds s of zebra around the camp with more herds expected to arrive in the coming week/s.
The 4th week of May
The calves’ legs should be getting stronger by now. They will also begin to feed less frequently and likely cover longer distances each day. Currently, there are large herds of the Migration being seen all the way from Seronera Valley up to Mbuzi Mawe. Both areas are green, as it has been raining in the area over the past few weeks.
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