This is a very exciting time on the southern plains of the Serengeti. The herds have started to come together to feed on the lush short grass following the latest rains and will start to calve anytime between now and the end of February. February is a very reliable month for catching up with the wildebeest as they stay on the plains around Ndutu to have their young.
Wildebeest and zebra have been seen quenching their thirst in waterholes around Ndutu by Nomad Tanzania and have been pictured around Sanctuary Kusini Camp as well.
Many mobile camps are open during these first few months of the year, following the migration herds, before closing at the end of March as the herds move north and west. The herds move slowly at first, with their newborns, before picking up pace in April, May and June.
In the Masai Mara the smaller Loita Migration is under way, known as the Little Migration. This migration involves resident zebra and wildebeest (who do not journey south to the Serengeti). These resident herds move from one area of the Mara to another in search of fresh grazing. The Loita Migration has been impacted in recent years by human development, encroaching on the grassy plains around the Loita Hills so it is a little more unpredictable than it has been in the past with the heards not travelling all the way to Loita anymore. This puts more pressure on the grass in the conservancies and northern areas of the Mara, especially in years of poor rain.Back to News