Reporting Date:31st July 2012
Since they invaded the Northern serengeti zone a few weeks ago on their way to the masai mara, the wildebeests have made the river-crossings a daily event. Today, they were spread along the river on both sides and kept on moving from one crossing point to the other. In the course of the movements, they would form large groups and rush towards the river as if going to plunge in directly only to slow down to taste the waters and then look around. Thereafter they would head back onto the plains and move along the river again. We became tolerant of this behaviour and our patience paid off. When they at last began the show, they had a very rough time as they kept on sliping on the wet rocks with some being swept away by the waters .At one point a huge Nile crocodile appeared from his sleeping point behind the rocks and swam slowly towards their path and everyone thought it would attack them, but to our dissapointment, it simply watched as they hurried to the otherside as if giving protection. We thought it had already had a few meals of these animals since they invaded his territory a few days ago.
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Reporting Date: 23.07.2012
Migration is now close to the camp. Today we had thousands of wildebeests followed behind by handful of Zebra’s. We could see them at Kichwa Tembo route ( Elephant head) heading towards the sandriver close to the Masai mara/Serengeti border .The big herd was around Nyamalumbwa and Kunga circuits. Another big herd was also seen along Bologonja River (Makutano Circuit) heading towards the Mara river ready for the crossing which is bound to take any place any time from now.This was mixed up with Elands,Topi’s and Thompson Gazelles and has attracted lots of carnivores like Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards with scavengers such as Hyenas and Jackals following the cats behind. Vultures are not left behind either. We shall continue seeing the migration daily until end of October early November. Initially Guests were looking forward to the migration but now that the migration is here the interest has shifted to the crossing at the Mara river.
.Elephants traversing the camp.
These mega-herbivores came visiting the camp again as they have always done in the previous days. This is now a repetitive event in the camp. This time it was the female with calves of various ages that walked through the camp. We saw one mother pushing her calf forward with her trunk so as not to lose sight of it
Buffalo herds near camp.
We are used to being visited by elephants in the camp, but this day it was the turn for the buffaloes which visited in a very large group. They got attracted by the lush green pastures which came as a result of the previous long rains. The group was a breeding herd which normally consist of younger bulls, females and young. At night we herd them making some noise as if fighting off some predators but in the morning they concentrated on the greener pastures with ease only getting a little scared as we approached.
Reporting Date: 15th July 2012
The advance team of the wildebeests and zebras have now reached the sand river zone on the border between the Mara and Serengeti after having left the lobo and Bolongoja regions last week. Today, only a small group of about five hundred zebras crossed the sand river into the mara leaving behind a large group of wildebeests and more zebras at the foot of the Nyamalumbwa hills which is the main chain of hills closer to the sand river. Many others are spread out in the acacia woodlands at the foot of these hills.
The second group of these animals has left the fort Ikoma region in the west and is almost reaching the Shonzo plains which isthe middle ground between the eastern and western serengeti.
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