Drought Update - Asilia Lodges - Sayari and Olakira

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Jan 19th, 2006, 06:36 AM
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Drought Update - Asilia Lodges - Sayari and Olakira

Just received from Asilia re their properties:

"After a very dry period in the southern Serengeti and NCAA area in December and early January, conditions have turned for the better again! There has been serious rain throughout the southern Serengeti and NCAA area and animals have started to move back.

The condition in the areas of our Sayari Camp (Piaya/Gol Mountains) and our Olakira Camp (Ndutu) are currently excellent. We have a back-up plan in place with alternative locations just in case conditions turn very dry again in February/ March.

However, at this point in time, there is no need to consider these plans. We will keep you updated in case conditions change and back-up plans need to be implemented."

 
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Jan 19th, 2006, 06:57 AM
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thanks sandi
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Jan 19th, 2006, 07:05 AM
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Very good news!
Thanks for the update Sandi.
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Jan 19th, 2006, 07:08 AM
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sandi's post prompted me to check Nomad's website and there is a new report hter (1/18). Here is what it says

"Last week saw the beginning of rain in the Serengeti with light scattered showers in most of the southern Serengeti area. This prompted the herds to start moving towards the short grass plains from the north and western corridor and sizeable numbers were seen coming through the Mbalageti valley and Seronera areas. The last three days have seen much heavier rain over most of the Serengeti. The wildies are very much on their way now and the first of the herds are already in the S Loliondo/Ndutu/Gol area with the grass growing back fast and plenty of standing water. The rain may not stay around towards the end of the week, but certainly it is enough for the time being."
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Jan 19th, 2006, 07:20 AM
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Let's keep our fingers crossed for Kenya...

Thanks for the updates.
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Jan 19th, 2006, 07:26 AM
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good point leely--is there a way (a website perhaps) to find out?
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Jan 19th, 2006, 07:29 AM
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bat, there was some bad news this morning about trouble on the Kenyan/Ethiopian border. Certainly sounds like the drought and its results are really creating a terrible situation.
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Jan 19th, 2006, 10:48 AM
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I got this update from Heritage Hotels today:
The Maasai Mara has been abuzz with activity over the past week, and the Big Cat scene has been no exception. With the first of what is believed to be the short rains falling on the parched plains, the herbivores are becoming restless in anticipation of the first new shoots of grass sprouting over the coming days. The situation has been very bad, particularly for the poor hippos, many of which have been seen in the middle of the day in temperatures of up to 35C! frantically scrabbling for a few shoots of dry grass. We have counted quite a few hippos dead, either on plains or near the river. The vultures and hyenas are, of course, having a feast.

I hope its true that the delayed short rains have reached the Mara. I dont know about northern Kenya though.
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