The wildebeest migration is still ongoing in the Mara. The concentration of the migrating herds is now almost spread out across the whole of the Mara triangle, with quite some big herds on paradise plains as well. The Serengeti herds two weeks ago were streaming in from the south with the leading herds pushing further north and others west wards into the Mara triangle. These crossed the River for several days at look out hill. This is the traditional route for the Serengeti herds. However, most animals avoided this crossings and continued North towards Rhino Ridge, crossing the Talek river, then heading west to cross at Paradise plains.
Most of the Mara plains are still teeming with a sea of over grown red oat grass. To most herbivores this is quite tough and rough for their digestive systems and this explains why the herds have just been rushing through the reserve when there is plenty of grass.
There have been heavy crossing activity at the paradise crossing point over the week as herds cross over to the west of the Mara River. The crossing activity however is not exciting as usual since the amount of water in the river is very low, which actually makes the crossing just like a walk across. The animals are having it easy due to the low water level. The situation at the main crossing at Paradise area is not favourable to the crocodiles who are really struggling to make any kill. They cannot stalk anything in water since they can be seen approaching. Deep water usually helps them drown their prey easily. The one crossing that has been giving a challenge the crossing animals is Cul de Sac or Kichinjio. The water here is deeper and there is a high wall on the western side of the river.
The lions are having an easy time now with the availability of prey almost on daily basis. A few lion pride s have small cubs at the moment. We witnessed great hunts and kills in the past two weeks. I have also seen Leopards quite regularly around the area near the Talek/Olare-Orok junction.
Wildebeest walks across the plains in the Mara