The Serengeti Migration
The great migration takes place between the Serengeti (Northern Tanzania) and the Masai Mara (Southern Kenya).
It is the largest mammal migration on earth and is considered one of the 10 natural travel wonders of the world. Approximately 1.8 million wildebeest migrate a circular route of about 500 kilometres.
This is where magic takes place... twice a year.
The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year. Rich and I have been up into the Serengeti and found the rains had not yet arrived to bring the great herds from the North. We still had an amazing time as the region maintains a healthy resident polulation of game all year round, but on this occasion we missed seeing those huge herds.
The short rains begin around early November. A little after this, in late November and December, the herds of the wildebeest migration arrive on the short-grass plains of the Serengeti. They stay here throughout January, February and March, with most wildebeest calves born in a short window period around February. Gradually they spread west across these plains. Then around April and May they start their great migration north.
During the month of June, the migration is often halted on the south side of the Grumeti River. The river here is normally a series of pools and channels, but it's not continuous – and so while they always represent an annual feast for the Grumeti River's massive crocodiles, these aren't usually quite as spectacular as the crossings of the Mara River, further north.
The wildebeest migration continues moving northwards during July and August, often spreading out across a broad front.
September sees the herds stretch out across the northern Serengeti, where the Mara River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle. Watching the frantic migrating herds crossing the Mara River is an phenomenal thing to experience, especially since it is never a garrenteed sighting.
By October they are migrating again with more accord: all are heading south, returning to the green shoots which follow the rains on the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti in November.
Then the whole migration starts again…
Summer: Oct–March. Winter: April–Sept.
Tanzania offers excellent game viewing all year round. The migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is a spectacular sight. It is important to note that not all animals migrate and there are some year-round residents.
There are two rainy seasons in East Africa, the first known as the long rainy season is from April through to June, and the shorter season from late November through to December. A positive point during these times is the fewer numbers of tourists, so the travelling experience is more exclusive and the rains do not hinder game viewing.
The dry seasons are generally better for game viewing when the game concentrates around the water sources.
Rich loves his photography... it’s his favourite pastime. Nothing makes him happier than photographing in the ‘golden hour’ as the sun starts to set. For a long time Rich has wanted to put a photographic safari together, one that includes incredible game, stunning landscapes and a group of like-minded travellers.
The itinerary would be between 7 – 10 days focusing on different aspects of photography, with a small group of about 6 – 8 people. We want to include a diverse array of photographic opportunities, focusing on wildlife, landscapes and cultural shots... all tied together with a professional photographer. It’s a wildlife enthusiast and amateur photographer’s dream come true.
Before Rich puts an itinerary together, I would like to find out who of you out there would be interested in coming on this trip? Let me know by emailing me at email@example.com
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Elephants get rescued in Zambia
We thought that this story was too heart warming not to share. A baby elephant got stuck in the mud, her mum tried to help ... and she got stuck too. The locals made an executive decision to save these two elephants in distress. Well done to all for their brave effort. As you can see by the photos – it was a happy ending. Click on the following link to take you to more photos on NCS facebook page http://on.fb.me/sfIW8D