This year’s migration season has indeed been a topsy-turvy one, no-one who operates in the Serengeti environment will contest that fact. The earlier than expected arrival of the wildebeest in the Mara region which occurred in June this year was to be an indication of how the El Nino weather pattern was going to influence their movements.
In December, pockets of migratory wildebeest and zebra were still in fact present in the triangle at a time when they should already have moved on from these parts in order to arrive at their traditional calving grounds by mid-December. So for guests visiting the northern reaches of the Serengeti National Park, this was indeed a welcomed bonus.
The general game in the Lamai triangle is unfailing, topi, eland, zebra and giraffe are always present in good numbers. And of course who can forget that the Mara River is one of the best places to see giant crocodiles and large pods of hippo!!
Elephant: Another characterisation of December was undoubtedly the fantastic elephant viewing. Multiple elephant herds were a daily sighting and as is often the case the camp itself played host viewings of them along the river front. On one drive early on in the month a massive herd of about 160 elephant where found congregated on the banks of the Mara River. There were a total of 26 elephant sightings recorded throughout the month.
Cheetah: The bulk of the cheetah sightings in December were made up of the 3 male coalition. Their main area of operation is out on the Kampi-Kampi Plains near the Kenyan border area. These open areas attract most of the plains game and this where the cheetah are able to subsist satisfactorily.