Migration update

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Abdul, head guide at Olonana, shares his October update on the great migration

By October, the main herds of both migratory wildebeest and zebra were located in the watershed area of the Masai Mara. Typically, the main wildebeest and zebra herds will be located in the Masai Mara from early August to early October. Though a significant portion of the herds were located across the border in August, September and early October, there were plenty of wildebeest and zebra dispersed throughout the Southern Mara and Northern Serengeti ecosystem. In addition, significant portions of the migration were accessed with game drives to the extreme south of the Mara up to the Sand River Gate.

Giraffe And Zebra Olonana

At some point in October, the southward migration began and the great herds came thundering down the northern corridor and flooded out onto the southern and eastern plains of the Mara. The exact timing of this mass movement was entirely dependent upon the anticipated short rain season. The herds moved at the first scent of rains in October. We recorded several crossings of mainly zebras.

Zebra River Crossing

Usually, sporadic showers begin in the northern woodlands around mid October thus triggering the main herds south. Typically, the main migratory herds will be passing through the Northern Serengeti from about mid October to mid November. The migration moves quickly at the onset of the rains through the northern woodlands and the herds follow both the rainfall and forage gradient south onto the plains. This time around though, the seasonal rains are very confusing and we witnessed the herds head to the Northern Serengeti, then beating a retreat back to the Mara.  

Wildebeest

Due to the dry weather we witnessed many territorial disputes between antelope families.

Antelope Olonana