Wildebeest Migration 2019 will go down as the year of many firsts including the earliest arrival of the Wildebeest migration ever recorded in the recent past!
After a fact-finding mission around the entry points along the Mara and the Serengeti, there’s every indication that the stage is set for the world’s most fascinating spectacles of nature-the wildebeests have entered the Mara.
A herd of almost 4,000 wildebeest have crossed the border near Sand River gate. The wildebeests have been seen taking their traditional route towards Roan Hill, moving much faster than usual due to little or very dry grass in their way.
Looking onto the Serengeti from the Sand River, herds of zebra and wildebeest can be seen heading north, then crossing the Sand River into the Mara. We anticipate that as the concentration builds up they will move up north into central Mara.
This early migration is likely because of the change in climate, which has resulted in a lack of rains. Since 27th May, we have been having light rains in parts of the Mara. And in April 2019, we experienced sporadic rains which normally makes the grass on the plains flourish. However, there was extensive controlled burning of the grass this year. This has left the grass shorter than usual around this time of the year, with most of the plains covered in short green grass.
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