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western herds at Kirawira hills, just south of the Grumeti River and Wilddog on the western corridor

07 Jul 2015 from andBeyond

Dear Carel,

Sorry for the delay reply. We have quite a good group of migration not far from the camp. It’s about 6 to 7 kms away from the camp at Kirawira Hills (south-east of the camp). The Wildebeest photos you see were taken yesterday and some on 3rd July, but the wilddogs was on 22rd June by our ranger Moses Mhina. I will update you as they move in.

Thanks,

Mussa.

- Image by Moses Mhina
- Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
- Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
- Image by Moses Mhina
- Image by Moses Mhina
- Image by Moses Mhina
- Image by Moses Mhina
- Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
- Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
- Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
- Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti

Masai Mara update - they are still on the Serengeti side for now . . .

07 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel,

On our side – Rekero – the wildebeest went back to Tanzania. Yesterday some guests went to the Sand River and found none they could only see them from far across the border.

But they spotted some Loita migration at the Topi plains this morning, so very happy!

Kind Regards,

Mariana Kathini - Rekero Camp Manageress 

The southern herds arrive at the Grumeti River looking for somewhere to cross

07 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

A big herd is in western corridor now just infront of our camp. They are struggling to find a crossing point now to other side of the Grumeti River because the water levels are high, the crocodiles have been waiting for years for this!

Attached is some photo and video footage.

Regards,
David

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Big herd in western corridor - Image by David Ubuntu Camp
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Southern herds arrive at the Grumeti River - Image by David Ubuntu Camp
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Wildebeest migration close to the Grumeti River - Image by David Ubuntu Camp
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Herds are looking for a crossing point - Image by David Ubuntu Camp
- Video by David Ubuntu Camp

More zebra heading north past Moru Kopjes

Dear Carel

An update on the migration - plenty of Zebra!! Around 3000 zebra in the Sero area.

From the Pioneer / Sopa Junction to the Junction of Sero Road and Lake Magadi and the Main Road to Sero - around 5000 plus Zebra. This morning nothing, this afternoon just grazing, so no movement in direction.

Will keep you updated.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

Zebra join the Lobo wildebeest, herds slowly moving towards the Mara River

06 Jul 2015 from Intimate Places Tanzania

Dear Carel,

I hope this e-mail finds you well.

Yesterday morning Marc was driving from Lobo Airstrip to Buffalo Luxury Camp and found the migration has moved closer to the camp. Lots of zebra joining the wildebeest from the south and zebra river crossings are always special to see!

Thank you and kind regards,
Nicholas Lawson

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Zebra joining the Lobo wildebeest - Image by Marc Lawson
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Zebra in Lobo - Image by Marc Lawson

Southern herds spread out and the northern herds still south of the Sand River

03 Jul 2015 from Grumeti Expeditions

Hi Carel,

Quick update. Wildebeest herds continue to pour onto the plains east of Bolagonja and Nyamalumba areas in the Northern Serengeti. We're hoping to start seeing the crossings not too long from now. Large herds of zebra are still being seen around Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp in central Serengeti.

Keep well
Tom Yule,
Grumeti Expeditions

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The northern herds are south of the Sand River - Image by Tom Yule
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Zebra close to the Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp - Image by Tom Yule

Grumeti River crossing at Migration Camp - upstream from the western corridor

Hi Carel,

Yes I'm back, we had a major crossing in front of Migration Camp a few days ago for about an hour or two. River was full so major amount of carcasses around, vulture, marabou stock etc.

I'll check with by Guides later for you as well.

Regards,
Ryan
 

Aerial round-up from Capt Joel from Coastal Aviation

02 Jul 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel,

Sorry I’ve been aloof for a while. Just busy catching up with the season. The migration is mostly in the Northern Serengeti about 5nm south south east of the Lobo airstrip. There are a few smaller herds scattered around the Seronera area with thousands of Zebras joining in on the east side of the airstrip.

There seems to be a North bound pattern to all but they don’t seem to be in a rush.

Thanks and Regards,

Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation,
Arusha

Southern herds moving past Moru and Lake Magadi

01 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hello Carel,

This morning we woke up and found wildebeest all around the lounge… we couldn’t count them... but all moving north.

I will keep you updated!

Thanks,
Angel,
Dunia Camp

Herds between Klein’s Camp and Lobo hill

30 Jun 2015 from Intimate Places Tanzania

Dear Carel,

Nice to hear from you! I drove back from Kleins Serengeti on Sunday and found this herd of about 100,000 animals close-by Lobo.

Kind regards,
Marc

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Herds are close to Lobo - Image by Marc Lawson

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Lodges closest to the herd right now

6 km

from herd

Ubuntu Camp

$ 400

per person per night

Ubuntu Camp is a small, seasonal camp located in the Serengeti National Park. It moves seasonally to optimize the chance of witnessing the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration and therefore ensuring fantastic game viewing at all times.

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.

8 km

from herd

Grumeti Serengeti

$ 1245

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.

11 km

from herd

Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp

$ 775

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.

12 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.

12 km

from herd

Nasikia Central Camp

$ 250

per person per night

At Nasikia Central Camp, we have 12 semi-permanent tents established throughout the year, depending on seasonal reservation requirements. We endeavour to retain the uniqueness and intimacy of the camp, while being directed by the location, wildlife and other factors of responsible tourism.

Each tent is 12m long by 4m wide made from well known heavy duty safari rip-stop canvas and imported from South Africa. The tents are side facing and you are met at the entrance by a patio area with chairs and a table for relaxing when you have a moment. The front of the tents zips fully open, including a layer of mosquito netting and the rip-stop canvas (it also zips closed completely with both layers).

14 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.

16 km

from herd

Singita Sabora Tented Camp

$ 1425

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.

17 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.

17 km

from herd

Singita Faru Faru

$ 1425

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.

17 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.

18 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.

18 km

from herd

Asanja Luxury Tented Camp

$ 560

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.

19 km

from herd

Naona Moru Camp

$ 600

per person per night

Naona Moru Camp offers both experiences and many, many more. Opening from 15th January 2015, this intimate camp of seven tented suites allows us to offer your safari clients even more of a luxurious experience than ever.

Combine crisp white sheets, gentle Serengeti breezes, running hot water, attractive neurtal decor with a pop of colour, comfortable sitting area, Victorian desk to record adventures, WiFi and an efficient service - this is how wild elegance is served.

Wash off the 'safari powder' in the large shower recess and perch yourself on the verandah to watch the sun set on the horizon.

22 km

from herd

Singita Serengeti House

$ 1950

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.

23 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.

24 km

from herd

Singita Sasakwa Lodge

$ 1950

per person per night

Singita Sasakwa Lodge is located in the Grumeti Reserves in northern Tanzania, and forms part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. The view from the lodge’s spacious veranda is almost endless over the majestic Serengeti plains below. A sense of grandeur is woven throughout the turn-of-the-century manor house and private cottages through a blend of authentic European style and East African influences. Singita Sasakwa Lodge holds special appeal for those with a passion for refined splendour, ensconcing its guests in comfort, luxury and old-world elegance. From this superb vantage point, one can become absorbed in the marvel of an abundance of wildlife, including the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest, widely known as the greatest natural spectacle on earth.

24 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.

28 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.

28 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.

33 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.

35 km

from herd

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

$ 1540

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

40 km

from herd

Kusini

$ 468

per person per night

Sanctuary Kusini offers a Serengeti safari like no other. This is the only permanent camp in this unspoilt and remote part of the Serengeti and every year wildebeest congregate on the camp's "doorstep".

Perfectly set in the remote southern part of the Serengeti, Sanctuary Kusini's location was specially selected after much research by our guides and the local experts. It overlooks the plains where game are a common sight all year round. Built around a spectacular rocky outcrop and on the path of the wildebeest migration, the camp is ideal for seeing cheetah and wildebeest that congregate on the grassy plains in the calving season from mid-December to March.

41 km

from herd

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Tented Camp

$ 762

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.

43 km

from herd

Ndutu Safari Lodge

$ 309

per person per night

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.

46 km

from herd

Lake Masek Luxury Tented Camp

$ 970

per person per night

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.

60 km

from herd

Serengeti Migration Camp

$ 700

per person per night

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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