Our drive to Kusini yesterday yielded very little photographic opportunities, primarily because of the torrential downpour, so we decided today we would ‘fact find’ to see where we could find large herds of the migration.
Our destination / turn around location was intended to be the Moru Kopjes, some 75km to the north. The drive to Moru took us all morning, as we stopped to take photos of anything we came across. There substantial hills, kopjes, acacia woodland and small savannahs in between Kusini and Moru, and we had a difficult time seeing much megafauna. The wildebeest just weren’t there, which contradicted scouting reports that they had been seen only the day before, just north of Kusini.
We did have some good sightings along the way, such as a battling pair of hooded vultures, a lone male cheetah (18th individual so far), a lioness in a tree and a nice herd of elephants in the open grassland. We had a proper picnic at Mawe Meupe, and recounted just how much ground we had covered. We also couldn’t believe that we had not run into any substantial pockets of wildebeest or zebra, however just as we were discussing this somebody noticed a few heads of wildebeest just west of Makoma Hill. Upon investigation, we found a huge population of wildebeest in an area that I would have never looked: an area that has 1 road in that turns into a dead end. I felt some stress go away, as this is something I love for my guests to experience. It doesn’t always happen the way I would prefer, but this time nature rewarded our hard work.
The afternoon was spent hoofing it back to camp, as we needed to cover a bunch of ground in only a short amount of time.
I didn’t have the time to process any images today, and will have a chance in the next few days to do so.