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100,000 wildebeest colonising the southern Ikorongo

21 May 2016 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi HerdTracker,

Attached are some photos from Ikorongo taken this morning by one of our guides Alfred Korir. By his estimation there are in the vicinity of 100,000 wildebeest colonising the southern Ikorongo. They are moving in a westerly direction.

Regards,
Ryan,
Singita Grumeti

100,000 wildebeest colonising the southern Ikorongo
100,000 wildebeest colonising the southern Ikorongo - Image by Alfred Korir
Photos from Ikorongo taken this morning
Photos from Ikorongo taken this morning - Image by Alfred Korir
The herds are moving in a westerly direction
The herds are moving in a westerly direction - Image by Alfred Korir

VIDEO: The herds on the Togoro Plains just east of Fort Ikoma and Hembe

21 May 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Ranger Safaris sent us this footage of the wildebeest migration on the Togoro Plains just east of Fort Ikoma and Hembe.

Great migration sightings near Hembe

21 May 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

Our staff at Serengeti Explorer Camp are reporting great sightings near Hembe.

More herds arriving on Togoro Plains just north of the Orangi River heading west where are joining the hundreds of thousand that crossed the plain into the woodland east of Hembe. They are moving between the Kemarishe hills and the Orangi River heading west to Sabora and Sasakwa. They are still south of the Grumeti River.

Kind regards,
Ali

Great migration sightings near Hembe
Great migration sightings near Hembe - Image by Ali Moledina
Herds arriving on Togoro Plains
Herds arriving on Togoro Plains - Image by Ali Moledina
The herds are heading west to Sabora and Sasakwa
The herds are heading west to Sabora and Sasakwa - Image by Ali Moledina

A large herd of wildebeest has entered the Ikorongo Game Reserve

20 May 2016 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi HerdTracker,

We got a report from our anti-poaching scouts this morning of a large herd of wildebeest entering into the Ikorongo Game Reserve on the south eastern boundary with the SNP. We have guys heading out that way to follow up and get some more information.

Will update you accordingly.

Thank you,
Ryan

The herds are heading to the western corridor

19 May 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

Just east of Hembe, the herds are heading to the western corridor and they are still south of the Grumeti River.

Our camp crew is in the Serengeti, setting things up for the upcoming season at Serengeti Explorer Camp!

Kind regards,
Ali

The herds are heading to the western corridor
The herds are heading to the western corridor - Image by Ranger Safaris
The herds are still south of the Grumeti River
The herds are still south of the Grumeti River - Image by Ranger Safaris

The Hidden Valley is filled up with thousands of zebra and a few wildebeest

Hi HerdTracker,

It is not over yet at Ndutu!

Not far from Ndutu are the lakes of Hidden Valley. In the middle of every day, the valleys fill up with thousands of zebra, and a few wildebeest too, as they come down to drink.

It's really worth getting there about 10am and aim on spending a few hours just sitting and watching...there is constant movement as the animals come and go from the water.

All the best,
Ainslie

The herds in the Hidden Valley
The herds in the Hidden Valley - Image by Ainslie Wilson
Zebra have a drink in a lake close to the Hidden Valley
Zebra have a drink in a lake close to the Hidden Valley - Image by Ainslie Wilson

Huge herds have arrived at Four Seasons

16 May 2016 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker

We have large numbers of wildebeest and zebra all round the lodge, spreading all the way through the woodland to where our shortcut road meets the Lobo road. From there, there are also huge numbers scattered all the way to Togoro Plains. 

Cheers 
Oli

Huge herds have arrived at Four Seasons
Huge herds have arrived at Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
Large numbers of wildebeest and zebra all round the lodge
Large numbers of wildebeest and zebra all round the lodge - Image by
The wildebeest migration at the Four Seasons Serengeti
The wildebeest migration at the Four Seasons Serengeti - Image by Oliver Dreike
There are also huge numbers scattered all the way to Togoro Plains
There are also huge numbers scattered all the way to Togoro Plains - Image by Oliver Dreike
Wildebeest and zebra close to Four Seasons
Wildebeest and zebra close to Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
The herds around the Four Seasons Serengeti
The herds around the Four Seasons Serengeti - Image by Oliver Dreike

Vast migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra are now in the Seronera Valley

15 May 2016 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

This morning our passengers were witness to this amazing spectacle while floating gently above the herds.  

This perspective gives one a true idea of the numbers of animals.  We also saw a large lion bring down a wildebeest just below the basket and a lioness join him for the feast. 

The Green Season in Serengeti can be spectacular.

Best regards,
Tony

Huge herds around Seronera

Hi HerdTracker,

We have just returned from leave. There are huge herds around the Seronera area, as well as big numbers around the Simba Kopjes.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

The herds are heading towards the Gol Kopjes

14 May 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker,

An update from Lemala Ewanjan:

The wildebeest migration is currently between the Naabi Gate and Southern Plains they are heading towards the Gol Kopjes. Hoping for pics later.

Regards,
Ebenezer
 

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Watching an Elephant on an African safari at Ndutu Safari Lodge, Ndutu, Tanzania

2 km

from herd

Ndutu Safari Lodge

$ 247

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.

Tents in Wilderness at Camp Zebra in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 km

from herd

Camp Zebra

$ 625

per person per night

Like the animal it is named after, ‘Camp Zebra’ follows the wildebeest to the northern part of the Serengeti National Park in June, July, August, September, October and November; and to the southern part from December till March. Camp Zebra is closed from the middle of April till the end of May each year.

‘Camp Zebra’ consists of 6 accommodation tents, each of which can be used for single, double (or twin) or triple occupancy.

Each sleeping tent consists of a bedroom area, dressing area and ensuite shower and toilet.

The dressing area, shower and toilet are all “open air” so as to heighten the experience of living as one with your surroundings. Despite being able to enjoy some breathtaking views as you prepare yourself for the day ahead, privacy is still assured due to the clever design of our tents.

As an added convenience, each tent is provided with sufficient electricity for lighting as well as for charging mobile telephones, cameras, tablets, laptop computers or any other electronic devices you may carry with you.

The dining area at Olakira, Tanzania

2 km

from herd

Olakira Camp

$ 400

per person per night

Like the wildebeest that are the stars of the Serengeti Annual Migration, the Olakira camp is a wanderer; a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, forever following the herds to ensure you have a front-row seat to the greatest show on earth.

Fine linens, finer dining and a touch of nomadic romance are the hallmarks of this authentic East African safari camp. Whether it’s at the river crossings of the northern Serengeti, the breath-taking scenery of the Lamai Wedge, or on the great grassy plains of the south, the intimate Olakira camp ensures the best of the Serengeti is always right on your doorstep.

Discover Africa Safaris

2 km

from herd

Legendary Serengeti Camp

$ 623

per person per night

Explore a rich landscape of inky blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and the soft neutrals of the African savannah. Bordering the game rich Lamai Triangle, twelve mobile luxury tents are hidden under the deep shade of acacia canopies.  

This camp moves north, west and south throught the year offering guests a front row seat to the migration, the procession of more than two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle as they wander across the vast grass plains.

Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 km

from herd

Lemala Ndutu

$ 650

per person per night

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.

The camp is situated inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near the border of Southern Serengeti, in what is perhaps the finest location in the whole of Ndutu because of its shady umbrella acacia trees and grass cover which reduces dust considerably and also attracts grazers. The camp offers fantastic views of the marsh whose permanent fresh waters attract an abundance of game including predators. The camp enjoys regular visits from resident wildlife ranging from lions, leopards,cheetahs and hyenas to elephant and giraffe. Lion hunts close to the camp are not uncommon.

Campfire at Serengeti Explorer Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

4 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.

Guests with Guide at Lake Masek in Ndutu, Tanzania

5 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.

Chaka Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

5 km

from herd

Chaka Camp

$ 300

per person per night

Chaka Camp, designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally, is located in the Ndutu area from December through March. The camp relocates to Western Serengeti from May through June, and again to Northern Serengeti from July through November.

From December through March, the wildebeest migration moves in and out of the Ndutu area. Ndutu is located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, just south of Serengeti National Park. Chaka Camp’s location provides easy access to prime game viewing areas around Lakes Ndutu and Masek. In addition to the almost two million wildebeest and zebra that move through the area each year, Ndutu is home to cheetah, lion, giraffe and hundreds of bird species. During February’s calving season, the wildebeest give birth to 8,000 babies a day.

From May through June, Chaka Camp relocates to Western Serengeti. The wildebeest migration is generally in this area during this time, and crossings over the Grumeti River are sometimes seen in this area. Access to Central Serengeti is also possible from this area as the drive is only 2 hours.

From July through November, Chaka Camp is located in Northern Serengeti. The camp is close to the Mara River, allowing easy access to several river crossing points in the area. During this time of year, the wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River back and forth from Tanzania to Kenya. River crossings are common with crocodiles, hippos and large cats scattered throughout the area.

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

12 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.

Serengeti Serena Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

20 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.

Singita Serengeti House, Grumeti, Tanzania

21 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.

Singita Sasakwa Lodge Guests With Guide

22 km

from herd

Singita Sasakwa Lodge

$ 1425

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.

Discover Africa Safaris

22 km

from herd

Kimondo Camp

$ 400

per person per night

Like the herds of antelope that have made the Serengeti the most famous wilderness region on earth, Kimondo is a traveller. As the seasons wax and wane so this migration camp crafted of wood and canvas follows the herds on their never-ending journey across the grasslands of East Africa.

From July to October home for Kimondo is near the sinuous Mara River on the famous Lamai Wedge, where massive herds brave the jaws of hungry Nile crocodiles. As winter eases and summer warms the land, the herds move south to calve in the lush grasslands of the southern Serengeti. As the herds move, so does Kimondo, to ensure you’re never far from the heart of the migration.

But unlike the thundering wildebeest, Kimondo – like its sought-after sister-camp Olakira – leaves no footprint behind. Entirely solar-powered, it’s a migration camp that touches the earth lightly while providing authentic luxury on the Serengeti plains. With just eight comfortable tents Kimondo offers an intimate safari experience; a sumptuous taste of how the early explorers discovered the wonders of East Africa.

From rich hand-woven rugs to burnished copper lanterns a sultry mix of Moroccan exoticism and East African safari romance resonates at Kimondo, where king-size cast-iron beds rest under canvas ceilings as the rustle of the savannah lulls you to sleep. Or leave sleep for a while and linger at the fireside, swopping tales of your day in Africa as the embers crackle up towards the Milky Way. Kimondo translates as ‘shooting star’ and in Tanzania’s crystal-clear skies you’ll be sure to see more than a few.

Beautiful sundowner at Kiota Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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.

Discover Africa Safaris

25 km

from herd

Kananga Special Tented Camp

$ 124

per person per night

Situated at the foot of the Banagi Hills in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, the Kananga Special Tented Camp is a comfortable and reasonably priced tented camp based in Seronera. Surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and spectacular views, Kananga overlooks a beautiful savannah dotted with the East African thorn tree.

Each tent comprises of twin beds dressed in the finest traditional Indian cotton, Maasai blankets and furnished with carpets, bedside table and luggage racks.

An en-suite toilet and open air shower and your very own verandah are standard for each tent, in addition to ambient LED reading lights provided by the camp’s solar energy facility. Our communal mess tents are the ideal spot from which to sit back and relax after an exciting day’s safari and watch the zebras crossing Banagi Plain at sunset.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

29 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

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

30 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 National Park Wildlife in Tanzania

30 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.

Campfire at Kati Kati in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

32 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.

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

32 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.

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