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The migration is scattered around the central Serengeti

26 Apr 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

Our Ranger Safaris guides have been reporting that the migration has been scattered around the central parts of the Serengeti. Here's what our guide Mohamed had to say: 

"A week ago when I was there, part of the migration were in the woodland of between Kusini and Moru Kopjes, and part of it was in Soroi Eerie heading the direction of north. With the changes in weather patterns, it is bit harder to know where exactly the bigger herds are heading."

Regards,
Ali Moledina 
 

Large herds spotted south-east of Seronera airstrip

25 Apr 2016 from Regional Air Tanzania

Good morning HerdTracker,

On Saturday, we spotted large herds approximately 30 - 50 km east, south east of Seronera airstrip. There's also a smaller herd is also already in the Lobo area.

Kind regards,
Jarrod

Images of the migration is close to the Mbalageti Safari Camp

21 Apr 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker,

We still have few groups around the Mbalageti Safari Camp and in the area surrounding us. Here are some images of the wildebeest migration close to our camp.
 
Kind regards,
Shamez 
 

The migration is close to the Mbalageti Safari Camp
The migration is close to the Mbalageti Safari Camp - Image by Shamez R
Wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti
Wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez R
The migratory herds close to Mbalageti
The migratory herds close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez R

The migration is mostly around Seronera

18 Apr 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker, 

The migration is mostly around Seronera to the north side. There are a few small groups much further north also.

Thanks and Regards,
Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
 

The herds are close to the Naabi gate

Hi HerdTracker

The herds are at Mawe ya Masai, close to the Naabi gate. They mostly covering the south east of the Serengeti

Regards,
Simon
 

Thousands of wildebeest close to Namiri Plains

18 Apr 2016 from Asilia Africa

Yesterday, the guests at Namiri Plains Camp were treated to a view of thousands of wildebeest just bordering the camp. Here are some of the images. 

Guests viewing the migration at Namiri Plains
Guests viewing the migration at Namiri Plains - Image by Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
The wildebeest migration outside Namiri Plains
The wildebeest migration outside Namiri Plains - Image by
Thousands of wildebeest at Namiri Plains
Thousands of wildebeest at Namiri Plains - Image by Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
The great migration is close to Namiri Plains
The great migration is close to Namiri Plains - Image by Asilia Namiri Plains Camp

The migration is close to Mbalageti Serengeti

13 Apr 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker,

At present, we have herds in groups close to the camp and the surrounding areas.

Kind Regards,
Shamez 

A couple of thousand wildebeest arrived between Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Moru Kopjes

Hi HerdTracker,

A quick update - this afternoon, a couple of thousand wildebeest arrived between Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Moru Kopjes.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

The migration is on the Dutwa Plains

04 Apr 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker,

As I headed back from Arusha with our driver guide Moses, we spotted the migration on the Dutwa Plains. We can see the herds from on of the chalets at our lodge.

I will keep you posted over the next two months.

Best Regards,
Shamez R

The migration is on the Dutwa Plains
The migration is on the Dutwa Plains - Image by Shamez R
The wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti
The wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez R

The long rains have started

03 Apr 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

It looks like the new month has come with rains in the Greater Mara ecosystem. The fauna and flora seems to be enjoying the drip, this could be the beginning of the long rains season (April-May).

The dominant red-oat grass should soon rise and in return attract thousands of wildebeest and zebra from Serengeti.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus

The Loita migration in Naboisho
The Loita migration in Naboisho - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Zebra in Naboisho
Zebra in Naboisho - Image by Onesmus Irungu

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Lodges closest to the herd right now

Swimming Pool at Mbalageti Lodge in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 km

from herd

Mbalageti Lodge

$ 385

per person per night

Mbalageti Serengeti is located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The Lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of the Serengeti Plain lands and the Mbalageti River, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.

Mbalageti is actually a word from the old Maa language. It means wildebeest, but the word is no longer in use; today Mbalageti refers to the seasonal river.

Serengeti Serena Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 km

from herd

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

$ 711

per person per night

Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Winner of numerous awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the finest venue the Serengeti has to offer.

Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named.

Picnic at Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

7 km

from herd

Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp

$ 620

per person per night

Lemala Ewanjan is a deluxe seasonal camp with 10 beautiful suite tents set along the western slopes of Makoma Hill within the game-rich Seronera Valley in a secluded part of Central Serengeti. The camp offers breathtaking views of the Serengeti plains and its prolific wildlife, sunsets and sunrises.

The Seronera Valley is renowned for fantastic year-round game viewing due to abundance of residence cats. Between April and June and November through January the area receives the wildebeest migration, turning the area into an exciting wildlife paradise. All the popular game viewing areas of central, southern or western Serengeti are easily accessible from the camp but after a busy day guests are always delighted to return to the privacy and solitude that the camp offers.

Serengeti Wilderness Camp Tent Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

7 km

from herd

Serengeti Wilderness Camp

$ 300

per person per night

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to a new location. We work under Park’s guidelines and the camp is truly eco-friendly.

Comprising just ten spacious tents, we provide comfortable beds and quality linen, with en suite eco-friendly toilet and bush-shower off an intimate dressing room area. Lighting is by 12-volt (solar powered) with bedside lamps provided. The tents each have a shady verandah, where guests may relax and read quietly or perhaps watch birds and animals.

Campfire at Kati Kati in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

10 km

from herd

Kati Kati

$ 260

per person per night

A mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River.

Beautiful sundowner at Kiota Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

14 km

from herd

Kiota Camp

$ 300

per person per night

Kiota Camp opens in May 2015 and will be permanently based in Central Serengeti. Central Serengeti offers year-round game viewing and is thought to be one of the best places in Africa to spot large cats.

We recommend booking Kiota Camp in combination with our sister camp, Chaka Camp, for a total of 4 – 6 nights in the Serengeti. Chaka Camp is a mobile camp that moves three times a year to follow the wildebeest migration. While KiotaCamp‘s location is ideal for viewing year-round permanent game in the Central Serengeti area, Chaka’s follows the migrating wildebeest and zebra and the many predators that follow them. Chaka is located in Ndutu from December through March, Western Serengeti in May and June, and Northern Serengeti from July through November.

Game Drive in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

19 km

from herd

Serengeti Explorer Camp

Price on Request

Serengeti Explorer Camp is an exclusive luxury tented camp set in Serengeti National Park. 

The Serengeti Explorer Camp is an all new camp featuring new tents with a spacious design. Protected verandahs with a day bed and comfortable seating. Dual sinks in the dressing area, 24 hour electricity with solar panels and inverters and much more.

Swimming Pool at Serengeti Sopa Lodge in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

22 km

from herd

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

$ 385

per person per night

Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun.

The lodge allows its guests to experience  magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.

Dunia Camp Tent Interior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

25 km

from herd

Dunia Camp

$ 400

per person per night

Situated in the heart of the popular central Serengeti, the serene Dunia Camp is the perfect foil for an exhilarating Serengeti safari: eight tranquil tented suites boast gracious décor and perfect privacy, with airy en-suite bathrooms to wash away the dust from a day adventuring in Africa.

Dunia Camp is special because it offers guests a tranquil and very private base from which to visit two of the Serengeti’s prime game viewing areas; the Central Serengeti valley and the Southern Serengeti plains. From its location in an exclusive valley away from heavy traffic, excellent game viewing can be accessed throughout the year.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp Room Exterior in South Central Serengeti, Tanzania

26 km

from herd

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

$ 745

per person per night

Located in South Central Serengeti - Tanzania - (within the Moru Kopjes area), Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains.

Each of Elewana Collection’s camps and lodges has its own individual style and feel. Serengeti Pioneer Camp continues this tradition. Paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s  ‘zero footprint’ and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering.

Grumeti Serengeti Guests on Safari in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

26 km

from herd

Grumeti Serengeti

$ 695

per person per night

Vibrant and colourful, andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp lies among tall evergreen trees right at the water’s edge. A wild and remote experience in the midst of ample resident game, it is ideally situated near one of the most famous fording points of the wildebeest migration. 

The whimsical palm frond canopies of the flamboyant safari tents hide a blaze of colour in the delightful interiors, with quirky touches and tongue-in-cheek surprises. Al fresco showers are open to the sun and stars, while the grunts of hippo provide a nightly serenade. Local sculptured furnishings and lively décor bring alive the excitement and romance of Africa.

Traditional jikos (fires) and outdoor ovens produce mouth-watering aromas as dinner is served beneath a billion stars in the dramatic boma. Intimate guest areas include open-fronted sitting and dining areas, as well as a domed bar, all adorned with fun and funky beaded artefacts.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

26 km

from herd

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

$ 1175

per person per night

The world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park measures close to 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles). And Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of it all.

In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. Our Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation

Serengeti National Park Wildlife in Tanzania

28 km

from herd

Singita Sabora Tented Camp

$ 1210

per person per night

Singita Sabora Tented Camp is situated in an untouched wilderness area of Grumeti Reserves, spanning over 350,000 acres in northern Tanzania. The intimate 1920s-style explorer’s camp is permeated by a sense of nostalgic adventure. 

Steeped in character, Singita Sabora Tented Camp surprises guests with an opulence that is delightfully out-of-place with the rugged terrain of the surrounding savannah plains. Here, guests are immersed in the palpable pulse of the wild Serengeti, with the added thrill of knowing there isn’t much separating the comfort inside from the elements and wildlife outside.

A herd of wildebeest at  Serengeti NP, Tanzania, Game drive safari

29 km

from herd

Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp

$ 815

per person per night

Serengeti Safari Camp was the first of it’s kind. It was designed with a purpose in mind; to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration as it covers hundreds of miles of the Serengeti National Park each year. So it should come as no surprise that it really hasn't changed much since it's early pioneering days.

For a few months of the year the migration is on our doorstep at Lamai Serengeti. But of course the wildebeest move and this is what our Serengeti Safari Camp is all about - understanding the Serengeti seasons and game movements and mirroring them.

Exterior View of Mbuzi Mawe Serena Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

29 km

from herd

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Tented Camp

$ 478

per person per night

Scenically located in a glade, known as ‘the place of the klipspringer' (mbuzi mawe), and guarded by three million year-old granite towers, this luxury tented-camp is unique. Cleverly located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles, and their accompanying cast of predators it is also located at the very epicentre of one of the world's most famous national parks.

Singita Serengeti House, Grumeti, Tanzania

31 km

from herd

Singita Serengeti House

$ 1425

per person per night

Singita Serengeti House, located on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill in the expansive 350,000 acre Grumeti Reserves, is an exclusive-use retreat. The property is specifically designed to welcome families and friends and create an environment of total relaxation for a carefree stay. Up to eight guests can feel at home at Serengeti House, with two suites in the main house and one garden suites situated on either side with daily onsite staff and management. The property enjoys picturesque views of a watering hole from its perch on the south-east slopes of the hill. Inside, a décor blended of European country designs and African artifacts create a comfortable and unpretentious style.

Asanja Luxury Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

31 km

from herd

Asanja Luxury Tented Camp

$ 420

per person per night

Lying on the savannah of the Serengeti National Park and shaded by rocky outcrops known as the Moru Kopjes, Asanja Africa luxurious tented safari camp provides comfort, and – with only seven tents available – personalized attention and service.

Our Safari Bar and Lounge area overlooks the mesmerizing plains of the Serengeti. Enjoy a sundowner as you admire this magnificent sight. A private gazebo is also available for you to relax, unwind and take in the tranquility of the African wilderness.

Our dedicated Chef and his team are proud to serve a fusion of local flavors and Continental Cuisine. The food is outstanding and catered to your expectations. Breakfast, light lunches and dinner are served in the mess tent. Private bush breakfasts & dinners can be arranged on request.

Discover Africa Safaris

32 km

from herd

Serengeti Halisi Camp

$ 280

per person per night

Serengeti Halisi Camp is a seasonal camp located in Serengeti National Park. From December to March, it's located in Tandawala area in the NCAA, close to the calving grounds where the wildebeest migration will be during these months.

From June-November, the camp is located in Seronera, Central Serengeti, which gives easy access to all parts of the national park as well as having abundant resident game due to the proximity of the Seronera River.

Swimming Pool at Singita Faru Faru in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

34 km

from herd

Singita Faru Faru

$ 1210

per person per night

Singita Faru Faru Lodge is set in Grumeti in Northern Tanzania, forming part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Built on a gently sloping hill, this riverine lodge, positioned on the renowned migratory route, is a place where you can quite literally expect the unexpected. Informal, unconventional and surprising at every turn, Singita Faru Faru Lodge is a mix of contemporary, organic style and the quirky practicality of a traditional botanist’s camp. 

With such close proximity to the river and plains, guests have the unique opportunity to experience a very close connection with the wilderness.

Namiri Plains Camp Guest enjoying the View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

34 km

from herd

Namiri Plains Camp

$ 400

per person per night

Namiri Plains camp was created for real safari enthusiasts seeking comfort and exclusivity in secluded surroundings, excellent guiding and a deeper, more intense wildlife experience.

To minimise the impact on the environment the camp comprises of only six tents. Pitched in the shade of giant acacias, this small and exclusive tented haven offers 360° views of wildlife crossing the surrounding plains, the river area with its perennial vegetation and dense green reed beds that attract birds and smaller wildlife species.

The migration passes through Namiri Plains from October to May and unleashes spectacular predator sightings during December and January as the resident big cats feast on the passing herds of wildebeest and zebra.

Explore the Namiri Plains on daily game drives; enjoy sunrise breakfast picnics on top of Soit Le Motonyi rock or sundowners on top of a kopje. With your nearest neighbour over 45 minutes away, you may be excused for thinking that the Namiri Plains belong to you.

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