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Breaking news - Eastern herds between Mbuzi Mawe and Lobo moving north

20 May 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi Carel

I just bumped into some migratory herds between Mbuzi Mawe just north of Seronera and Lobo airstrip, not massive numbers but significant enough for an update. The big numbers are still at Ndutu / Naabi and moving west.  

Keep well,
Ephata,
Ranger Safaris Guide

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Migratory herds between Mbuzi Mawe - Image by Ephata Lotashu
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Big numbers are still at Ndutu - Image by Ephata Lotashu
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Wildebeest migration is moving west - Image by Ephata Lotashu

What to expect this crossing season

19 May 2015 from Carel Verhoef

June to September is what is considered the crossing season and during our 2015 crossing season we still have two rivers to cross and the herds are running late this year. 

What does this mean?

There is still a good chance of Grumeti River crossings with most of the migration still south of the Grumeti, the herds are heading west slowly and it seems that if there is late rain in the Lobo, Klein's Camp areas that we might still have a full Grumeti River with wildebeest having to cross although this would be much later than the previous two years. 

Grumeti River crossings during June are likely. Mara River crossings also looks to be later than the last couple of years and we are expecting the first of the crossings to start during July even the last half of July, we are predicting a long crossing season with the herds having lots of grazing and water options, in short, the dry season will start later this year and with it the need to move north. To be on the safe side, go to both the Masai Mara and the Serengeti sides and follow us to make informed decisions closer to the time, for yourself or your clients.  

Carel Verhoef,
HerdTracker

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Wildebeest migration river crossings - Image by Ainslie Wilson

Back to Ndutu and some movement from east to west towards Moru

18 May 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi,

Just came back on safari today, herds of wildebeest were scattered down south around Naabi Hill heading towards Ndutu, Secret Valley (Hidden Valley) while others are approaching Moru Kopjes from the south-east.

Firoz,
Ranger Safaris Guide

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Wildebeest close to Naabi Hill - Image by Firoz, Ranger Safaris
- Video by Firoz, Ranger Safaris

Herds heading towards Moru from the east

18 May 2015 from Lemala Camps

Dear all,

Seronera remains relatively quiet from a migration perspective but our guest are enjoying excellent sightings of cats including a Leopard stalking (unsuccessfully sadly) an impala.

Our resident guides are keeping tabs on the migration and for the time being our guests are experiencing this at at Mawe ya utafiti and Mawe ya boma.

Wishing you all a great week ahead.

Warm regards,
Ebenezer,
Lemala Ewanjan Manager

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The Serengeti migration - Image by Ebenezer, Lemala Ewanjan, Serengeti

Eastern herds up towards Seronera

14 May 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi Carel

I'm currently in the Serengeti where herds of wildebeest migration from the east are approaching the Seronera areas. It is still raining. The herds are fairly densly packed and on the move towards the north-west. I will keep you posted.

Firoz,
Ranger Safaris Guide

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The herds of the wildebeest migration - Image by Firoz
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The migration is heading towards Seronera - Image by Firoz
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The Serengeti herds have received good rain - Image by Firoz

Ndutu and the southern plains still packed with huge wildebeest numbers

Hi Carel,

We continue to have lots of localised rain, falling in different parts of the greater Ndutu area. This is good news as we'll keep the beasties here for longer. Because of this, the herds are very spread out, making it quite difficult to get that sense of vast numbers.

Makao Plains, Woodlands and the Two trees areas are quite empty except for random large groups. The Twin Hills Plains are full, and large groups coming through the woodlands to Lake Masek for water. 

North of the main road as far as Lemuta, Olduvai, Gol etc the plains are crazy full, with wildebeest as far as the eye can see. Up there, the rolling landscape gives you some elevation so you can really see them spread out. The water holes in the middle of the day go nuts. I was surprised to see very young babies still, and few predators so all very relaxed.

Video clip coming to you of one of the water holes near Lemuta.

Cheers,
Ainslie

Lemuta, Ndutu, Serengeti Migration - Video by Ainslie Wilson

Serengeti migration on the move towards Seronera

12 May 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

I have just heard from colleagues travelling from Karatu to Serengeti, that there are wildebeest all the way from Oldupai Gorge to Naabi Gate, as well as a  massive 'wall of wildebeest' moving through the woodland near Maasai and Loliondo Kopjes. They look like they are heading north to Seronera, but with some good rain falling yesterday evening, who knows where they will head!

Oli

Serengeti migration herds are spread out over the southern plains

05 May 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel,

So the herds are spread evenly between Ndutu and Seronera and all the way towards the Gol Mountains. The whole Serengeti has been getting its share of rain really and the herds are not really moving as a group in a direction but smaller herds towards different areas.

The flying has been quiet for now with not many planes moving around. Hope all is well your side.

Captain Joel,
Coastal Aviation

Serengeti Migration from Ndutu to Gol Kopjes

Hi Carel,

Two days ago, we had good rain from Ndutu / Makao to Gol and Salai. There are floods everywhere and the wildebeest herds have returned again.

Apparently out towards the Gol Kopjes and Lemuta the plains are full but around Ndutu yesterday, our guys said there wasn't much, but could see lines coming in. Today guests out on Makao this morning in the thick of it, 20 - 30 thousand they estimate and another 10mm of rain over lunch so that should entice more in again. Photo from Marando taken this morning.

Cheers,
Ainslie

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Wildebeest migration in Makao - Image by Marando

50mm of rain last night and more today at Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Hi Carel,

The herds are from Naabi Gate going to Ngorongoro. Very few scattered after Simba Kopjes to Seronera. It is raining heavily as I am writing this and we had 50mm of rain yesterday.

Regards,
Simon Kisingi,
Relief Manager,
Serengeti Pioneer Camp

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Ndutu Safari Lodge

$ 247

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Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the south-eastern part of the Serengeti eco-system. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu.

The Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs which encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu offers peace and tranquillity far from the madding crowd. Spend some time with us and unwind. Relax to the rhythm of an African day as a myriad bird calls herald the rising sun. Stay close to the lodge and enjoy the resident wildlife or go for a drive and explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach. After sunset return to the homely warmth and hospitality of Ndutu Safari Lodge.

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Lake Masek Luxury Tented Camp

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Discover exclusive luxury at Lake Masek Luxury Tented Camp situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area overlooking Lake Masek. This unique location is witness to the Wildebeest Migration which takes place from December to April each year. There is resident Big 5 game all year round in the area. The camp is eco-friendly as all the electric power is supplied by solar panels and water is collected during the rainy season. All the products used are biodegradable in order to ensure that the environment is kept pristine.

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Dunia Camp

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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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Mbuzi Mawe Serena Tented Camp

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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.

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Serengeti Pioneer Camp

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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.

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.

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Serengeti Migration Camp

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The Serengeti Migration Camp is located at the starting point of one of the world’s great wonders - The Migration.

The landscape, originally formed by volcanic activity, has been sculptured by the ever-changing climate and now varies from open grass plains in the south, savannah grasslands with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly wood grasslands in the north to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west.

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Four Seasons Safari Lodge

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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

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Serengeti Sopa Lodge

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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.

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Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp

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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.

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Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp

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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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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

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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.

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Singita Faru Faru

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

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Ubuntu Camp

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The camp itself is an intimate, traditional canvas safari camp designed to give you as much of a wild and authentic Serengeti safari experience as it is a luxury and comfortable experience. A close-knit team of warm Tanzanians ensure that hospitality, great food and a wonderfully relaxed environment remains the essence of Ubuntu Camp.

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