I returned to Tanzania for three safaris in the early months of 2015. In mid-January the Wildebeests were already giving birth in the southernmost reaches of the ecosystem, on the endless plains around Kakesio. The plains around lakes Ndutu and Masek were unusually dry and for the whole month I remained in the area, they remained that way. In mid-February there was a lot of rain around Moru and Kusini, and that attracted the Wildebeests to those sides. The marshes around Ndutu were visited by very few Wildebeests and Zebras compared to usual.
One of the highlights of the first safari was the encounter with a pack of Wild Dogs roaming the short-grass plains. We caught up with them after they had finished eating, and tracked them for a good twenty kilometers as they trotted across the plains. They ended up in the shade of a tree for the afternoon, and they didn’t do much in the afternoon when they woke up briefly. Unfortunately, the next day they had vanished, in typical Wild Dogs fashion.0