The migration is coming home again to the place where humanity was born, to the place where half a million female wildebeest will drop their calves in a short period of two weeks. And we will be there to receive it with open arms.
It’s called the migration because its moving most of the time and only when it comes down into the nutrient rich short grass plains of southern Serengeti around Ndutu, that it actually settles down for a few months. Its then that the calves are born, a veritable bonanza for predators or maybe not. The biggest threat to the migration are the large packs of hyenas and scientists noted that they hunt mainly at night. The wildebeest have known this for millions of years and drop their calves between 9 in the morning and five in the evening, when the hyenas are in their dens. The calf is up and running with the mother in less than an hour. Security in numbers was also understood by the migrating herds and most of the calves are dropped in a short period of 2 weeks. The predators can only eat that much and not more.
We move our Royal Migration Camp from Northern Serengeti to Ndutu in November for it’s in this month as the great migrating herds head south they are spread across a large area between lobo down to the Gol Kopjes, almost up to Naabi. For most of the time the migration is moving through thick bush and one fails to grasp its true grandeur.
The present position of the migration is as shown in the map. Its continually moving southwards and should be with us around Ndutu in a few weeks and we do hope to see you there.