Thursday, 31 October 2013
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.
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
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.
Due to the dry weather we witnessed many territorial disputes
between antelope families.