Yes, that's right- Steve and Annabelle. They have 2 kids, and used to manage Sosian, but set up their own camp about a year ago.
Stokey, Must be them, perhaps it was last year I met them, I am obviously getting old......or perhaps the Tusker is finally getting to me!! Have to be White Cap next week then!
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Had a blinding flash at the Bar last night fueled by some good Rhum, it is not the Migration they are after per se, it is the River Crossing phase! Though few actually get to see it!
Nothing like a bit of blatant self promotion hey!
"it is not the Migration they are after per se, it is the River Crossing phase!"
That rum must have enhanced your mind reading skills, because I can't see them say that anywhere!
Stokey, That is the only real 'different' thing that happens at the point when they all run the Mara River! I think they are all hoping to see a Beest snatched by a Croc, as the nice Mr Attenborough has shown many times!?! Otherwise, as we have discussed, you can go anytime of year, as they seldom stop moving.
We went during the month of september a couple of years ago and as someone said .. These are not zoo animals.. They are going to do what their environment dictates.. It so happened there were a lot a rains prior to our visit which didn't give the animals any urgency to go anywhere.. Yes, they always seemed to be moving.. but not like you see in the documentaries.. at least not when we went.. One couple we were with waited in the jeep all day hoping to catch wilderbeast crossing the river and i don't think they did.. One can plan and plan but ultimately, a trip revolving around wildlife and nature can be a roll of the dice.
That said.. We had an amazing time.. Lots of wonderful memories.. a leopard just staring at you from 3-4 feet away is memorable.. let me tell you!! Terrifying and exhilarating all at once... And that's just one memory.
You will see more animals than you could ever count.. And the people are wonderful!!Edited: 18 July 2013, 13:55
The wildies move year round.
Different areas - bet Dec/Mar - anywhere from So.Serengeti/Ndutu
Apr/May - the wet but the wildies hang out at Ndutu/So.Serengeti till their calves ready to move
May-early-July - towards Central Serengeti into Western Corridor
July - Oct - Northern Serengeti and into Masai Mara
Nov - the other wet when herds start to return to No.Serengeti and onto Central till at Ndutu to 'calve' their young again.
Weeks/days maybe off by a few, but that's about it.
They move when the rains come and there's food to eat.
River crossings are something else, some at the Grumeti if sufficient water, likewise if the Mara River at No. Serengeti, though rare there's much water in the Sand River that gets crossed into the Mara. Once in the Mara, it's these crossings many wait for.
IMPORTANT - Those 1/hr Natl Geo TV programs we all enjoy - took the photogs probably 3/years of sitting, waiting, more sitting and waiting - till they had enough to give us 1/hr. Patience is the key.
But anytime of the year you can see wildies somewhere besides, of course, the resident herds that never migrate. Don't concentrate on the migration only, rather the entire safari experience... that's what will be worth what you pay for your holiday.
we are planning to visit in the last week of march to masai mara. Do you think we could see enough to feel like visited masai mara. (is it worth visit masai mara during last week of march 2014) our journey is return journey to India after 11 day tour of South Africa.