Great Migration Live Update – 08 April 2019

By Asilia Africa News | 08 April 2019

UpdatefromAlex Walker’s Serian

The great migration was spotted coming from Maswa Game Reserve heading towards theSouthern/KusiniSerengeti.

April is the wettest month of the year, and even though there’s rain almost every day of the month, it rarely rains all day. April is slightly cooler than March, but it’s still warm during the day, with an average high of 28C.

UpdatefromThe Marsh Pride of Lions

Another close call with buffalo for Kabibi, Rembo, Dada, Kito and their five remaining cubs!

Together with Koshoke(male), they were all feeding on a zebra kill when they suddenly found themselves surrounded by a herd of angry buffalo. As usual, the buffalo chased them away, including the cubs who were hesitant at first abandon their meal, but later returned to feed again leaving the cubs to watch from a distance.

Meanwhile, Pamoja and Nusu Mkia (Yaya’s daughters) have been hunting a lot of warthogs lately. On this particularoccasion, Yaya was waiting and watching not too far from them, possibly hoping that they allow her to join the meal if they succeeded. Unfortunately, they missedthewarthogs.

Final photos show Yaya resting in the thicket with Baba Yao. They were actually not too far from the others with the zebra kill – the buffalo tried to chase them away too but they seemed less concerned than the others with the young cubs. Safari guide Moses Manduku will be keeping an eye on this pair to see if any mating takes place.

Image by Moses Manduku

Image by Moses Manduku

Image by Moses Manduku

UpdatefromAlex Walker’s Serian

Safari guide Micheal Thomas captured the herds in theSouthern Serengetiduring his afternoon game drives!

While calving season has ended, the herds of wildebeest are still in the Southern Serengeti andNdutu Region, sustained by the lush grass on the plains. However, the herds have also started moving northwards, so you can catch them on the move in theSeronera/Central Serengetiregion too.

Image by MIcheal Thomas

UpdatefromThe Marsh Pride of Lions

Yaya’s two daughters have been officially named ‘Pamoja’ (meaning ‘together’) and ‘Nusu Mkia’ which means ‘half a tail’.

Name suggestions had been circulating for the last few months but were confirmed recently. Nusu Mkiahad an infection in her tail and the end dropping off – making her a very easily identifiable cat in the Mara.

They were spotted just a few days ago warming up for a hunt on some warthog who were a great distance away. These two have proven to be very skilled hunters, often working together on stealthy ambushes. On this particularoccasion, they managed to get all the way up to the warthog without being noticed until Pamoja got exposed at the last minute due to the short grass.

Image by Moses Manduku

Image by Moses Manduku

Image by Moses Manduku

UpdatefromNasikia Camps

Don’t be scared of the long rains inApril! It rains mostly in the evening and days are generally clear.

The main effect of the rains is that the plains will be wet, and the black cotton soil slippery. If you can deal with the rain and slippery roads, you’ll be rewarded with excellent sightings. We highly recommend April as one of the most consistent times to see the herds. This is when they slowly get going as the newborn calves and foals get mobile.

Image by Mohamed Hassan

UpdatefromThe Marsh Pride of Lions

Chongo was spotted behaving like a true gentleman and following the cubs to have a bite while Kabibi, Rembo, Dada and Kito are all next in line for the zebra kill.

It seems the kill was actually made by Spot and Little Red – but they got chased off. Kito and Little Red both have some wounds from fighting over the meal, but at least little ones have managed to get their fill. Chong was then seen again a little while later resting with four of the Marsh males – Koshoke, Baba Yao and Kiok at the Bila Shaka area. The Marsh boys are back in town after a long time with the females up at Topi Plains.

Image by Moses Manduku

Image by Moses Manduku

Image by Moses Manduku

UpdatefromAlex Walker’s Serian

Aprilis wet in the Serengeti, but you’ll love it!The wildebeestherds move slowly in April through the Serengeti. They leave the Ndutu region and head north-west past Simba Kopjes and toward Moru. These areas are known for their healthy lion and big cat populations. Expect a good dose of interaction between predator and prey.

Safari guide saw a small group remaining in the southern Serengeti while a large group is in the Maswa Game Reserve.

Thank you to Herd Tracker for this week’s update!

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