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Little White Wildebeest spotted by Gerard Ambrose

05 Mar 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

We found the white wildebeest calf again and all is well for now, alive and still around our area here at Serian Serengeti South.

Gerard Ambrose, one of our profesional guides, wonderful photographer with a wealth of guiding experience captured this image!

Thanks,
Alex

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White wildebeest calf close to Serian's Serengeti South camp - Image by Gerard Ambrose

From Lake Magadi to central Seronera

Hi Carel,

Huge herds of wildebeest stretching from Lake Magadi to the road towards Sopa Junction, many babies in the herds. Not moving far at the moment and not many zebra amongst this large herd.

Just in, the migration is now stretching from Lake Magadi to central Seronera

Will keep you updated!

Kind Regards,
Alison & Tom Mees

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The herds are stretching from Lake Magadi to central Seronera - Image by Alison Mees
HerdTracker wildebeest migration update from Alison, manager Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Moru Kopjes, Serengeti, Tanzania, March 2015. - Video by Alison Mees

Moru Kopjes and Lake Magadi is where the herds are right now

04 Mar 2015 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel,

Hope you are doing well. See the attached photo of wildebeest, the week was very good, some days the sunrise was magnificent and brilliant sunsets.  

Wildebeest migration: Groups of wildebeest arrived a few days ago this is good because it shows that more are on the way to central Serengeti, it is still dry at both Ndutu and most the southern plains.

Regards,
Japhet,
Dunia Camp

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The migration is heading towards the central Serengeti - Image by Japhet, Dunia Camp
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The herds are at the Moru Kopjes and Lake Magadi - Image by Japhet, Dunia Camp

Good numbers at Moru, herds milling around perhaps heading south again

04 Mar 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

Left Ndutu this morning having seen just a few small herds of wildebeests and headed into Serengeti, good size herds around Naabi and then ran into a spectacular group around Moru.

It's still very dry in Ndutu but not sure if the wildebeests know something we don't as they appeared to be heading back to Ndutu. Going through central today so let's see what it brings.

Have an awesome day.

Veronica,
Reporting live and direct from Lemala Ewanjan

Video HerdTracker update of the 2015 Serengeti Migration by Veronica Otter and Lemala Camps - Video by Veronica Otter

Herds break through at Moru Kopjes

03 Mar 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi Carel,

I just drove from Serengeti Sopa and Moru Kopjes to Ndutu and I can report that the front-end of the herds have moved as far north-west at Moru Kopjes and I bumped into many more following in the north-westerly direction of Moru from Naabi.

It is still dry on the plains and it seems that Lake Magadi will be the place to be for them for water. I am returning to Ndutu tomorrow and will let you know what is happening down there.

Keep well,
Ephata,
Ranger Safaris Guide

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Wildebeest herds are close to the Moru Kopjes - Image by Ephata Lotashu
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The herds are moving from Naabi to Moru - Image by Ephata Lotashu

Serengeti south packed with wildebeest

02 Mar 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

Guests had an incredible day today - huge herds in the park with wildebeest all the way from Simba Kopjes and Naabi to Lake Magadi and Gong Rock - heading to Moru.

Cheers,
Oli
 

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The Serengeti south is packed with wildebeest - Image by Four Seasons

White Wildebeest calf update

02 Mar 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Morning Carel,

Just an update on the white (albino) wildebeest calf that was spotted by Nomad last week, we found him again several days ago, shunned by his mother and pushed away by the herd.

We bumped into him, this time right in front of camp still following his mother. Lets see what happens and we will keep an eye out for him. He seems to be feeding and we are monitoring his hearing and eyesight which appear to be limited.  

Keep well,
Alex

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Albino wildebeest calf - Image by Alex Walker
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The albino wildebeest has been shunned by the herd - Image by Alex Walker
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Albino wildebeest in the Serengeti - Image by Alex Walker

Some early arrivals at Sero, with the bulk at Naabi

02 Mar 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi Carel!

I have just finished my safari with my clients they have enjoyed very well we had incredible sightings would like to share some of the best pictures the migration were at Serengeti South.

Emmanuel Mkenda,
Ranger Safaris

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Zebra in Seronera - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda
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Cheetahs with zebra kill - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda
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Lion with a buffalo kill - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda
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Wildebeest migration in Seronera - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda

Huge influx of Wildebeest into the small marsh

27 Feb 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

It's been great these last couple of days as we received a huge influx of guests (aka Wildebeest) into the small marsh area near Lemala Ndutu as the pictures show. In fact, our owl was keeping a very close eye on their arrival and departure and was desperately looking for Conrad the tweeting wildebeest (@HerdTracker) to share the news with but perhaps he was already in Serengeti!

Due to the lack of rain though in the area they are heading out to Naabi and moving into Southern Serengeti. We continue to pray for rain here.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Benson, 
Camp Manager, 
Lemala Ndutu

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Wildebeest in the small marsh - Image by Benson, Lemala Ndutu
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Migratory wildlife on the move - Image by Benson, Lemala Ndutu
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Owl watching the wildebeest herds - Image by Benson, Lemala Ndutu
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Herds are moving into the Southern Serengeti - Image by Benson, Lemala Ndutu

Albino wildebeest spotted by Nomad Tanzania guide Cornelius Mukus

27 Feb 2015 from Nomad Tanzania

Hi there Carel,

Another wonderfully unusual sighting sent in today from Nomad guide Cornelius Mukus who spotted this incredible, seemingly albino, white wildebeest calf while with his guests in Ndutu. Peter Carrick kindly sent these images…a little indistinct because they were on the run but spectacular nonetheless!

Amanda
 

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Albino wildebeest in the Serengeti - Image by Peter Carrick
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Albino wildebeest running with the herd - Image by Peter Carrick

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Dunia Camp

$ 400

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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.

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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.

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​Kirurumu Serengeti Camp is a luxury mobile camp, moved seasonally to take best advantage of the vast Serengeti. The camp is used as a base, a spring board for an early morning game drive, a break for a sumptuous lunch, a respite from the heat of the day and the finale to a days adventure where stories can be swapped around a fire. As a small and intimate camp the staff are on hand just to look after a very limited number of guests and so the level of attention and service is always excellent

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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.

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Naabi Hill Serengeti Green Camp is used for the Serengeti Mobile Green Camp during December till sometime in February when the migration will more than likely be in the Southern short grass plains.

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Serian Kusini mobile is located in the Southern Serengeti, just west of Lake Ndutu. The camp is remote, quiet and really quite special.

The mobile camp is ideally placed in a prime predator area with lots of leopard and lion and very few camps. However, its all about the babies of the great migration, and around birthing season, 400,000 odd calves drop over a short period between January and February.

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Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh, Lemala Ndutu is the ultimate amphitheater for the wildebeest migration between December and March.

9 suite tents of a very high specification are relocated from the Northern Serengeti to this stunning Ndutu site to capture the boundless drama that accompanies the migration. The migrating herds of over 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra begin to arrive in December and begin calving in February.

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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.

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