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The wildebeest migration is close to Namiri Plains Camp

05 May 2016 from Asilia Africa

Mark from Asilia's Namiri Plains Camp sent us these images of the wildebeest migration surrounding their tents.

The wildebeest migration close to Namiri Plains
The wildebeest migration close to Namiri Plains - Image by Mark - Asilia Africa
The migration surrounding the Namiri Plains Camp
The migration surrounding the Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Mark - Asilia Africa

Thousands of wildebeest seen from Gol all the way to Naabi

04 May 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker

Ranger Safaris guide Saidi was in the Serengeti last week staying at Serengeti Pioneer Camp. This is what he reports:

"We saw many thousands of wildebeest, the herds could bee seen from Gol all the way to Naabi, all covered by gnus. Looks like the recent weather pattern has moved them off their regular path."

Kind Regards,
Ali 
 

The migration is scattered around the central Serengeti

26 Apr 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

Our Ranger Safaris guides have been reporting that the migration has been scattered around the central parts of the Serengeti. Here's what our guide Mohamed had to say: 

"A week ago when I was there, part of the migration were in the woodland of between Kusini and Moru Kopjes, and part of it was in Soroi Eerie heading the direction of north. With the changes in weather patterns, it is bit harder to know where exactly the bigger herds are heading."

Regards,
Ali Moledina 
 

Large herds spotted south-east of Seronera airstrip

25 Apr 2016 from Regional Air Tanzania

Good morning HerdTracker,

On Saturday, we spotted large herds approximately 30 - 50 km east, south east of Seronera airstrip. There's also a smaller herd is also already in the Lobo area.

Kind regards,
Jarrod

Images of the migration is close to the Mbalageti Safari Camp

21 Apr 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker,

We still have few groups around the Mbalageti Safari Camp and in the area surrounding us. Here are some images of the wildebeest migration close to our camp.
 
Kind regards,
Shamez 
 

The migration is close to the Mbalageti Safari Camp
The migration is close to the Mbalageti Safari Camp - Image by Shamez R
Wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti
Wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez R
The migratory herds close to Mbalageti
The migratory herds close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez R

The migration is mostly around Seronera

18 Apr 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker, 

The migration is mostly around Seronera to the north side. There are a few small groups much further north also.

Thanks and Regards,
Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
 

The herds are close to the Naabi gate

Hi HerdTracker

The herds are at Mawe ya Masai, close to the Naabi gate. They mostly covering the south east of the Serengeti

Regards,
Simon
 

Thousands of wildebeest close to Namiri Plains

18 Apr 2016 from Asilia Africa

Yesterday, the guests at Namiri Plains Camp were treated to a view of thousands of wildebeest just bordering the camp. Here are some of the images. 

Guests viewing the migration at Namiri Plains
Guests viewing the migration at Namiri Plains - Image by Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
The wildebeest migration outside Namiri Plains
The wildebeest migration outside Namiri Plains - Image by
Thousands of wildebeest at Namiri Plains
Thousands of wildebeest at Namiri Plains - Image by Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
The great migration is close to Namiri Plains
The great migration is close to Namiri Plains - Image by Asilia Namiri Plains Camp

The migration is close to Mbalageti Serengeti

13 Apr 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker,

At present, we have herds in groups close to the camp and the surrounding areas.

Kind Regards,
Shamez 

A couple of thousand wildebeest arrived between Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Moru Kopjes

Hi HerdTracker,

A quick update - this afternoon, a couple of thousand wildebeest arrived between Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Moru Kopjes.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Namiri Plains Camp Guest enjoying the View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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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.

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

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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 Wilderness Camp Tent Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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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.

Campfire at Kati Kati in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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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.

The dining area at Olakira, Tanzania

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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

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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.

Beautiful sundowner at Kiota Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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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.

Chaka Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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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.

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

16 km

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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

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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.

Discover Africa Safaris

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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

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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.

Guests with Guide at Lake Masek in Ndutu, Tanzania

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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.

Serengeti Serena Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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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.

Swimming Pool at Serengeti Sopa Lodge in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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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.

Dunia Camp Tent Interior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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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.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp Room Exterior in South Central Serengeti, Tanzania

26 km

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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.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

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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

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

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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.

Discover Africa Safaris

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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.

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