First place photograph by Tim Robson

Bush Tip No.4

Investigate the alarm calls of guinea fowl as they will often point to a Serval or leopard nearby in the grass

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Bush Talk — Nigel Perks


May 2015 - Green Glorious Green

This year started with promising rainfall, and the Serengeti turned that vivid green that no one ever expects to see in Africa. The migration poured onto the plains, immersing themselves in the grass, each blade full of all those wonderful minerals so important to the calving period just ahead.

Around 300,000 gnu calves were born in a few short weeks at the beginning of February, but all was not looking rosy as the plains had dried up and the herds were forced west and in some cases even to the far north of the Serengeti looking for grazing and water. Read more

March 2013 - It has been a wonderful start

In Tanzania great rains have turned the Serengeti plains a vivid green, which has brought the great migration teaming back to the Ndutu area in preparation for the phenomenal spectacle of the gnu calving. Around 10,000 calves are born each day for a period of 3 weeks in February. Our guests are marveling at one of the greatest shows on earth!

Our new tents have been in non-stop action this season and all our guests have loved the extra space, interior design and décor. Our chefs continue producing outstanding food and our staff create a welcoming atmosphere making your bush experience a truly comfortable one. Read more

December 2012 - 25 years and counting...

This past September, 20 of our safari guests and friends gathered for a landmark safari celebrating this event. We had an incredible trip combining the Northern Serengeti to see the migration river crossings and Katavi — a true African wilderness with stunning wildlife viewing that remains virtually untouched. Not only such great company, but the wildlife seemed to cooperate as well. The wilderness of Katavi is always amazing, the river crossings were particularly impressive, and to finish at Katavi with a leopard in a tree silhouetted against the rising full moon was like something out of a movie. Read more

August 2012 - Cats, Cats and more Cats!

Just back from my July safaris and things have continued as they were in April and May. While we saw so many incredible things over the last six months, the most astounding was the sheer number of cats that we saw! Everywhere we turned it was cats, cats, and more cats! Read more




March 2012 - Amazing Tanzania News

We are so excited to announce that Colin and Laura are back! They are now going to be our camping outfitters and we couldn’t be happier! They are coming onboard with all new tents and an abundance of enthusiasm.

You'll remember Colin from his days first at Gibb's farm, and both Colin and Laura from their stint as managers of Ndutu. Both have an undying love for Tanzania and their extensive knowledge of the country is an enormous asset for us. Read more


2010 — Serengeti and Salai

Hard to believe that we are already half way through the year and again there have been so many excitements so thought I’d share few of the highlights. Read more


2009 — Photography Competition

After receiving many wonderful images for our photographic competition we have finally found our winners. It certainly was a difficult task picking the best of the best, but with the help of one of the world's best photographic teams, a decision has been made. Congratulations to all the winners. Read more


November 2008 — Ash and Aardvarks

Ash and Aardvarks

2008 turned out to be the year with the event that I had been waiting to experience for 20 years — the eruption of Oldonyo Lengai — the Maasai Mountain of god.

I've always had a passion for volcanoes and Lengai, sitting over looking the Salai plains on the eastern side of the Serengeti Ecosystem has always held a fascination. It''s the youngest volcano in the Ngorongoro Crater highland system and is a living part of a fascinating geological history of the area. Read more


May 2007 — Odd behaviour

Odd behaviour
In complete contrast to the last few years we had rain that has not been seen since the last El Niño in 1998. Often very dramatic storms only lasting an hour but dropping over 100mm of rain.


The plains turned a vivid green and became full of life in all shapes and sizes. The gnus and zebras were spoilt for choice of grazing and spread out across the Serengeti. Read more


March 2006 — Endless Kills

Endless Kills

What a dramatic year it has been so far! Christmas and the New Year passed with a just a few drops of rain. The Gnus and Zebra were in constant confusion as to where they should be migrating? Large numbers ended up at big marsh around Ndutu which had one of the last remaining water supplies in the southern Serengeti. This, of course, attached all the predators including a pride of Lion with 10 cubs of various sizes. The Marsh became a killing field with non-stop action daily. I've never had such short distances to drive to see such spectacular action. Read more


March 2005 — Cheetah Galore

Cheetah Galore

With a lower than average rainfall in January and February the plains have been hot and dry, which has meant some unbelievable concentrations of predators along the water courses. One morning we sat near three trees (Ndutu) and were completely spoilt for choice. As we watched a male cheetah mating we spotted 2 other males killing a yearling wildebeest. This is a large kill for cheetah and amazingly we watched them consume vast amounts of meat without being disturbed. Read more


December 2004 — Cow Bells and Rain

Cow Bells and Rain

The green season is in full swing and again we have all had some fantastic encounters in the bush.

The rains have been pretty variable this year, but produced some unusual situations. The Ol Karien Gorge in the eastern part oaf the Gol Mountains remained very dry so became totally dependant on the underground water always available up the gorge. We were able to witness scenes going back 100's of years as thousands of cattle trudged up past massive rock cliffs under the watchful eye of the Maasai warriors to the traditional dry season wells dug deep into the sand. Read more


See also:
Bush Notes from Ndutu