Monday, May 26, 2014

Kirawira and the Grumeti River

Today Moses and I went exploring the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, Kirawira. It was our first time to this area and I was really excited to see the migration around the Grumeti River. 

The Grumeti River along with the Mara River form important features of the Serengeti Ecosystem as they supply water to the migratory herds on their trek north during the dry season. Both rivers flow more or less from east to west and are important reservoirs for aquatic life and water birds. Serengeti is an important catchment area for the Nile River, as both flow into Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile. 

At this time of year (May-July) the wildebeest and zebra gather in the fields and plains along the Grumeti River, to eat the grass on both sides of the river. Crossing the river creates a very anxious feeling for the hoofed ungulates for there are very large crocodiles lurking in the waters. We arrived at a certain crossing section just as a few had just finished crossing, there was dust everywhere! 

Path for crossing

Safely across the river

I am excited for our next visit to Kirawira, which will be longer than one night, and for the chance to fly over the Grumeti River and migration with Serengeti Balloon Safaris.   

I love being able to follow the wildebeest as they migrate around the Serengeti National Park. The calves which were born in January and February in the south part of the park are getting a lot bigger but there are many who unfortunately will not make the yearly trip to the north of the Serengeti and into Maasai Mara. It is a feeding frenzy for the crocs in the Grumeti River and predators such as lions, leopards and cheetah go after the young and the weak.

Here's a list of a few of the camps in the Kirawira area - nice options if you decide to plan a trip to this beautiful land. 

Learn more about a Hot Air Balloon Safari in the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti Balloon Safaris operates in four locations, you don't want to miss these views!

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