By Arnold Mushi – The Migration Arrives In Seronera Valley
Jambo. My name is Arnold and I am one of the head guides with ADS. I have just finished a safari to the Serengeti beginning of May 17th and ending on May 22nd and I have some very exciting news to share with everyone.
The wildebeest and zebra migration has finally arrived into the Seronera River Valley of the Central Serengeti. Because of the late rains we had in the Serengeti, the migration was late to move north this year by about 1 month. It was very unusual to still see the large herds of wildebeest and zebra in the South Serengeti during May as they usually depart by the end of April.
During the course of my safari we witnessed the first large herds of both wildebeest and zebra streaming north in long columns into the Central Serengeti. It was an amazing sight. At one point we watched for about an hour as a continuous line of wildebeest came running past our vehicle. As far as the gazelle migration, they are still located on the southern and eastern serengeti plains grazing on the recently cropped grass in the wake of of the wildebeest and zebra herds (this is called grazing succession).
I expect the wildebeest herds to quickly exhaust the Central Serengeti grasslands and begin to shift west and north probably reaching the West Serengeti areas in June and the North Serengeti areas in July. It should be a very good year for the northward migration. Here are some pictures from my safari. I hope you enjoy them!
- Lioness is full after eating a Wildebeest close to Maasai Kopjes, Central Serengeti.
- Migration at Seronera Valley with Makoma Hill in Background
- A lion cub shaking his head at Sametu Kopjes, East Serengeti.
- Cubs resting on the rocks at Sametu Kopjes.
- Cheetah and her cub with a wildebeest kill on the way to Barafu Kopjes, East Serengeti.
- Black Mamba, which is one of the most venomous snakes in the world at Boma Kopjes in the Central Serengeti.
- A pride of lions on an early morning hunt near Bilila Four Seasons in the Central Serengeti.
- These young males elephants were demonstrating their strength in Seronera valley.
- Thank You!
- Arnold Mushi