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Wildebeest migration heading towards the Mara River

24 Aug 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Guests at Lemala Kuria Hills were able to experience a lovely group of wildebeest directly from the main areas and the privacy of their private decks of this group heading to the river for their crossing.

Thank you to Anita Els,  Managers in camp that were able to capture this from the dining room.

Thanks,
Lemala Camps

Wildebeest migration heading towards the Mara River
Wildebeest migration heading towards the Mara River - Image by Anita Els

The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River

22 Aug 2016 from Governors' Camp

Herds from the wildebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River. Yesterday morning they gathered at an area called deadly crossing point. Then suddenly a lioness appeared cutting the herds in two. In panic one group as forced to cross the Mara river whilst the other group ran back towards the plains. It was a very quick crossing each fighting not to be at the back.

Moses Manduku Governors Camp, Head Driver - Guide.

The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku

Dramatic images of the migration at the Mara River’s main crossing point

20 Aug 2016 from Guest Contributor

Kenya safari guide Timothy Leperes Laur sent us these stunning images of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the main crossing point. 

- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur

Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara

20 Aug 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker,

There are lots of wildebeest and zebra's hanging around our camp waiting to cross. Giving our guests lots to look at.  Nice crossing at points number four and number two today. Will keep you updated.

Warm regards,
Greg 
Lemala Mara Camp Manager

Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara
Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara - Image by Lemala Camps
Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara
Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara - Image by Lemala Camps

Herds crossing upstream and downstream close to the Kogatende Airstrip

16 Aug 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker

The herds are crossing upstream and downstream close to the Kogatende Airstrip, heading both north and south.

Kind Regards,

John

10,000 wildebeest cross the Mara River - heading towards Bila Shaka

11 Aug 2016 from Governors' Camp

There was a large crossing yesterday morning of around 10,000 Wildebeest and a few Zebra.

The evening before there was a huge herd that crossed the airstrip at 5.30 pm, they had come from the east marsh areas and were headed straight to the south bank of the Bila Shaka and joined up with an equally large herd, some of these had crossed that night although it was much of this herd that crossed the Mara river yesterday morning. There are still a few left on Paradise Plains and these may well cross today.

Photos are courtesy of Governors Il Moran Camp guest J. Plisnier

A huge herd builds up close to the crossing site
A huge herd builds up close to the crossing site - Image by J. Plisnier
The widebeest begin to file down towards the crossing site
The widebeest begin to file down towards the crossing site - Image by J. Plisnier
Wildebeest massing close to the Mara River
Wildebeest massing close to the Mara River - Image by J. Plisnier
Testing the waters
Testing the waters - Image by J. Plisnier
They begin to cross
They begin to cross - Image by J. Plisnier
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River - Image by J. Plisnier
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River - Image by J. Plisnier
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River - Image by J. Plisnier

20,000 wildebeest crossed coming from the Trans Mara area towards Governors’ Il Moran

05 Aug 2016 from Governors' Camp

Migration update from Governors' Camps

There was chaos at the crossing site. An estimated 20,000 wildebeest crossed coming from the Trans Mara area towards us. Three were taken by crocodile and two were trampled as they tried to scramble up the steep rocks on the Eastern bank.

Then out of nowhere lioness Jicho appeared on the far bank. She charged into the herds trying to take a wildebeest, three times she tried and on the final attempt was overrun by a mass of wildebeest, chaos ensued and she had to scramble up the bank to safety!

Photos courtesy of Patrick Reynolds, Governors Il Moran Camp Manager.

Jicho climbs for safety
Jicho climbs for safety - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Wildebeest at the Mara River
Wildebeest at the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
20,000 wildebeest cross the Mara River
20,000 wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Jicho climbs up the Mara River bank
Jicho climbs up the Mara River bank - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
The herds at the Mara River
The herds at the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Wildebeest jump into the Mara River
Wildebeest jump into the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Wildebeest running on the banks of the Mara River
Wildebeest running on the banks of the Mara River - Image by

Big herds moved south west from Rongai area to the Mara Triangle Conservancy

04 Aug 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

There are big herds patrolling the Savannah. the main crossing and cul de sac crossing points were deserted as the big herds moved south west from Rongai area to the Mara Triangle Conservancy.

A small herd crossed from the Mara Triangle to the Mara Reserve at the Kichwa Tembo crossing point.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

The herds in the Mara Triangle Conservancy
The herds in the Mara Triangle Conservancy - Image by Onesmus Irungu
The herds in the Mara Triangle Conservancy
The herds in the Mara Triangle Conservancy - Image by Onesmus Irungu

Crossings at Lookout Hill

04 Aug 2016 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa guide Timothy Leperes Laur took these images of a crossing at Lookout Hill.

Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur

Action at the Mara River’s cul de sac crossing point

27 Jul 2016 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Rekero Camp guide Onesmus Irungu took these images of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point. 

Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu

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Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

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Governor's Camp

$ 340

per person per night

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best. Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dinning tent with views over the plains.

Elephants visiting Governors Private Camp in Masai Mara, Kenya

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Governor's Private Camp

$ 405

per person per night

The jewel in the Governors’ Camp crown; for those who want an exclusive taste of the Governors’ experience. Private Camp can either be booked by one family or group at a time, so it’s yours to enjoy, as the name suggests, in private, or it can be booked on a tent by tent basis to share with others. We’ve picked a spot where animals come to drink, hippo laze in the shallows, elephant bring their calves for a playful dip. The forest around the camp is home to many beautiful birds from rare Trogans and Turacos to nesting Hornbills. Personal attention is the hallmark of a stay here. Your manager is also your host and is on hand to see to all your desires and answer all your questions. You benefit from our very best guides and trackers, whose knowledge of the Reserve is unsurpassed. Backed by the vast resources of the Governors’ Family of Camps this is the ultimate safari. We accept indivual bookings at Governors Private Camp which means you can book a tent and share the camp with others. The camp will still be available for private groups too, inorder to book the whole camp privately you must book and pay for 6 tents per night or if your group will occupy more than 6 tents, you must book and pay for every tent occupied.

Little Governors Camp Tent Room in Masai Mara, Kenya

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Little Governor's Camp

$ 370

per person per night

Little Governors’ is intimate in character, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far river bank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed. The guest tents at Little Governors’ have wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the natural watering hole at the camp. All Governors’ properties are unfenced, and at Little Governors’ there is a resident family of warthogs that wander freely through the camp. Guests may need to make way for elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunch time. Little Governors Camp has just been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating from Eco Tourism Kenya due to our sustainable practices in place in camp.

Governors Il Moran tent room, Masai Mara, Kenya

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Governor's Il Moran

$ 435

per person per night

The camp for those who want that extra bit of luxury. We've kept Governors’ Il Moran Camp small and intimate, with added touches that make this the top of the range safari. Il Moran is widely regarded as the premier camp in the Masai Mara.Hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest, are just 10 tents. They line the winding banks of the Mara River. You’ll be the personal guest of our manager, who’ll look after all your needs. The camp is situated along the banks of the Mara River, right in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with the best game viewing right on your doorstep. Governors Il Moran Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco Rating by Eco Tourism Kenya for our environmental practices both in camp and with our neighbouring community.

Guests at Sentinel Mara Camp in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

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Sentinel Mara Camp

$ 500

per person per night

“Closer to nature, closer to the romance and adventure of the traditional African Safari, closer to indigenous culture.”

Sentinel Camp is set up each season in a forest along the banks of the Mara River in one of the prime areas of the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. The experience of being in the wild coupled with luxury and attention to detail is the finest way to enjoy the magic and mystery of the African wilderness with its amazing wildlife.

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

$ 350

per person per night

The location of the Serengeti North Wilderness Camp has been carefully selected in the Lamai Wedge, the northern-most corner of the Serengeti National Park.

This relatively isolated spot overlooks the Mara River and is just a few kilometres from one of the recognised ‘crossing points’ for the wildebeest migration. The great thing about Northern Serengeti is that it is nowhere near as densely populated as the Maasai Mara.

 

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

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Sayari Camp

$ 770

per person per night

When Sayari Camp opened in 2005 it blazed a trail in Tanzania, allowing safari travellers to access one of the most dramatic and under-explored corners of the northern Serengeti. Today, this upmarket Serengeti lodge is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five country on the continent.

The remote and starkly beautiful landscape forms the inspiration for Sayari, with the turret-shaped roofs on each of the 15 expansive tented suites mirroring the iconic Turner Hill to the north. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

En-suite bathrooms, with spacious showers and egg-shaped baths large enough for two, offer similarly impressive Serengeti views. Fine linens and safari-chic décor offset the wilderness that lies just beyond the canvas walls, with king-size beds and private verandas to complete the world-class experience.

Veranda Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

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Bateleur Camp

$ 680

per person per night

Experience classic safari style, where wildlife adventures by day blend with elegant panache under canvas at night, at andBeyond Bateleur Camp. Commanding sweeping views over some of the premier game viewing regions in the world, this intimate camp reflects the ambiance of the Kenyan explorers of the 20's and 30's. Verdant branches that open up onto an expansive panorama provide endless views of the Masai Mara as soon as you open your eyes in your vast wooden bed.

Let the untouched landscapes take you back to the style and glamour of vintage Africa. Slip into a world of hardwood floors, polished silver and sparkling crystal juxtaposed against the romance of the open Mara plains, with their abundant herds of wildlife.

Elephant Pepper Camp Honeymoon Tent in Masai Mara, Kenya

6 km

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Elephant Pepper Camp

$ 640

per person per night

Elephant Pepper Camp is situated in the prime core of the protected Mara North Conservancy wilderness area. In the same location for 20 years, one of the original, very small and exclusive tented camps.

A small boutique camp, our spacious canvas tents are stylishly furnished with Indian “Raj campaign furniture”, and feature ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets and traditional safari showers. Nothing rivals sitting around the campfire enjoying the sounds of the African night. Enjoying extended game drives in the best equipped 4×4 game drive vehicles, guests participate in the most unique wildlife experience in the world. Elephant Pepper Camp brings people back to nature - no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Discover Africa Safaris

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Kichwa Tembo

$ 450

per person per night

Known as Kenya’s best loved safari camp, andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers a quintessential game viewing experience, with sweeping vistas of the Masai Mara or the Sabaringo River. Located where the riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality. andBeyond Kichwa Tembo is renowned for its gracious teams of Kenyan staff whose warm welcome, charming service and effortless energy delight guests from all over the world.

Singita Mara Guests on a Game Drive

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Singita Mara

$ 1400

per person per night

Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this philosophy, the camp operates “off-the-grid” and relies entirely on a custom designed solar system for its power and the use of recycled and natural materials wherever possible. Inside the camp, bohemian chic sets the tone for cool relaxation, where spun natural fabrics, canvas, stone and raw leather blend with Maasai primary colours and elegant art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen. The functional East African design encourages guests to embrace the outdoors and connect with nature.

Dining at Olonana Camp, Kenya

7 km

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Olonana Camp

$ 590

per person per night

Sanctuary Olonana is an award-winning tented safari camp on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara. This small and exclusive camp, the first of Sanctuary's luxury safari properties, was built along sustainable lines which, along with our innovative wetlands and tree-planting projects, have earned Sanctuary Olonana a gold award from Ecotourism Kenya. Game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, scenic flights and balloon rides, Olonana makes for a wonderful African safari.

Picnic at Angama Mara, Masai Mara, Kenya

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Angama Mara

$ 850

per person per night

On the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, overlooking the Mara Triangle, with vast amounts of animals, and most spectacularly the iconic wildebeest migration, lies Angama Mara. A place where the light never sits still. The sun shining through the clouds creates chaotic shadows, ever on the move across the Mara plains. The sky – ‘anga’ in Swahili – melts into the horizon, and it is hard to define where it ends and the earth begins.

The lovely Swahili word ‘angama’, meaning ‘hanging or suspended in mid air’, inspired the name Angama Mara. The site completely speaks to this, as each tented suite and guest area hangs on the edge of the Rift Valley, with views that quite simply take your breath away.

Guests enjoyong the View at Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

9 km

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Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge

$ 515

per person per night

Offering unrivalled luxury, the camp is situated in the Wogakurya Hills, close to the Mara River and within the main corridor of the world-famous wildebeest migration.

Large boulders and kopjes form the prominent features of the site and each guest tent has been carefully positioned amongst these to ensure privacy and spectacular vistas of the gentle grassed slopes, open woodland and tree lined watercourses, which all make up the scenic north Serengeti landscape. 

10 beautifully designed glass-fronted en-suite tents offer 70 square meters of stylish and contemporary design and include super-king or large twin beds, sitting and dressing areas, indoor/outdoor showers, bath, twin basins, and an outside deck with a plunge pool and deckchairs. The camp has been built using recycled steel, glass, sustainable timbers, composite decking and canvas which, when combined with use of solar power throughout the camp, ensures the lightest footprint for a permanent camp in the Serengeti.

Guests having a Bush Meal at Karen Blixen Camp

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Karen Blixen Camp

$ 559

per person per night

Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure.

Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with undisturbed view along the Mara River. The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere.The beautiful laid swimming pool offers relaxation and even a little exercise in-between game drives.

Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and the wildlife coming to drink, whilst exchanging stories about the adventures of the day.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

12 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 525

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti now sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration.

Watching an Elephant on an African game drive safari at the Masai Mara, Kenya

13 km

from herd

Ngare Serian

$ 885

per person per night

This refuge of serenity may not suit those who seek a tame, barren surroundings Rather, it fits the more audacious voyager who seeks out safari's real character. Because of its intimate and select character, Ngare Serian is suited to being set aside in its entirety for family gatherings or close friends on a private basis. Each of the four, tented suites stands on a rich hard wood deck, sat above the burbling Mara river deep in the North Mara Reserve.

Masai Mara Scenery in Kenya

14 km

from herd

Serian Nkorombo

$ 715

per person per night

The old adage “Location, Location, Location” surpasses all – Nkorombo has it in spades! The Masai Mara made famous by the BBC’s “Big Cat Diaries” and more recently Disney’s “African Cats” is the predators prime real estate. Secreted away amongst a stand of wild olive and orange croton Alex Walker’s Nkorombo camp flanks a lively salt lick. A refuge for Black Rhino, Lion and Leopard cast about stalking a lavish overabundance of plucky prey.

This snug little bush camp is chock-full of singular character. Five tents command a view over the rushing Mara River, at once bursting with laughing hippo and languorous crocodile. True to it’s unpretentious origins, camp life is low-key and tranquil.

Mara Toto Camp Tent Exterior in Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

14 km

from herd

Mara Toto Camp

$ 895

per person per night

‘Toto’ means baby in Swahili, and was often used as a term of endearment in reference to young safari staff in the days of early exploration. But today, in our context, it is simply meant out of respect to its sister camp, Mara Plains, which has developed a phenomenal reputation. We are certain Mara Toto will follow suit. Just a few kilometers downstream from Mara Plains, Mara Toto resides in a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where thick forest meets savannah, and we’ve made a home.

A perfect blend of comfort, adventure and intimacy make this a gem in the otherwise confounding matrix of camps in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Mara Toto positions itself squarely in the heart of magnificent predator country, and the camp’s traversing rights of both Mara North Conservancy and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve give guests the flexibility to explore far and wide in search of arguably the finest wildlife sightings on earth. 

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

15 km

from herd

Wayo Green Camp

Price on Request

per person per night

Our walking safari camp is part of the Wayo Africa Walking Safari experience. It is truly one-of-a-kind and is the highlight of many people's safaris. The aim of our camp is to access remote areas in the easiest manner possible while maintaining high levels of comfort. Our camp is designed to fit on a small trailer that can easily be towed in to the bush, allowing for movement as the animals move.

Tents are 3-man dome style tents that are easy to set-up with plenty of floor space for two people. It is great for a good nights rest in a really remote area. Sleeping is on comfy 4-inch mattresses on the ground and the bedding is cotton covered duvets and cotton sheets.

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