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Wonderful video showing the volume of animals at Makao plain, Ndutu

Hi Carel,

Just an idea of what we have to ourselves this April, incredible amount of ungulates on the plains around Ndutu, this particular video was at Makao plain. The herds seem to be fairly stationary with not much movement at the moment.

Keep well,
Ainslie

Wonderful video by Ainslie Wilson, manager at Ndutu Safari Lodge. This update shows the herds on the Makao plain Serengeti plains. The herds moved back to Ndutu very late this year after an early move north. - Video by Ainslie Wilson

Herds at Ndutu and Naabi and not going anywhere for now

23 Apr 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

Our guides heading into Serengeti are enjoying seeing some big herds at Golini and Naabi gate. What started out as looking like migration crossings early this year could actually now be late with the migration still at Ndutu end April.

They sure are giving us a run around this year. Hopefully they will turn around in due course and start their trip to the north.

Have a great day,
Lemala Ewanjan

From Gol Kopjes, Naabi and all the way to Ndutu packed with wildebeest and zebra, go now!

Good Morning Carel,

Not much more to add - the wildebeest are everywhere. I went out for a look around last afternoon and it was amazing!  Really dry under the tyres so no worries about mud or getting stuck.

The Makao Plains right across to Twin Hills and beyond is wall to wall covered. Closer to Ndutu, the Caracal Plateau and all surrounding woodlands are scattered with large herds as well. Standing on the meadow and using binos looking out over the Triangle towards Lemuta and Gol, full full as well.

So we would welcome last minute guests and low season rates now apply.

Cheers,
Ainslie,
Ndutu Safari Lodge

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Ndutu is packed with wildebeest - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Herds are spread from Naabi to Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson

Ndutu and surrounds packed with wildebeest, all to yourself if you go now!

Hi Carel,

The area is full of wildebeest. But spread out. Last night from meadow through binos looking out at Triangle and up to Lemuta / Gol - wall to wall wildies.

Makao Plains across to Twin Hills full also. I am going out this afternoon to enjoy it myself.

More tomorrow!
Ainslie

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The herds are spread out in Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson

Ndutu is the place to be at right now!

Good Morning Carel,

My apologies for the delay in updates - too busy out there enjoying the wildebeest!  Ndutu area is looking like it should be - green and lush and vast areas of wildebeest and zebra. 

The plains out from Naabi to Gol to Lemuta, widespread coverage, as are the Triangle plains, Makao plains and Caracal Plateau areas. We have also had several days of the lodge being surrounded, and have seen a couple of good crossings of both Lakes Ndutu and Masek.

There appears to be late birthings too with many very small young calves. The cats are all full bellied and guests have been enjoying some really exciting cheetah action with the different families of subadults practicing their hunting skills.

Photo from Hamisi, sent in from his phone yesterday.

Regards,
Ainslie

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Wildebeest migration in Ndutu - Image by Hamisi, Ndutu Safari Lodge

Herds scattered all over the southern plains from Ndutu to Moru

20 Apr 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Morning Carel,

I am on my way to Simba Lodge Ikoma, so I had the chance to drive through the herds today, I bumped into big herds at Lakes Ndutu and Masek with the Ndutu Triangle packed with scattered herds throughout the plains towards Naabi and Simba Kopjes, some more towards Moru and I can imagine to Kusini Plains.

We also have reports of herds towards Gol Kopjes towards the east. Lots of water and new grass so not much movement on a daily basis, I think this is as close to wildebeest heaven as one can get.

Keep well,
Ephata

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Big herds at Lakes Ndutu and Masek - Image by Ephata Lotashu

Breaking news - herds back at Ndutu in huge numbers

Hi Carel,

Sending two photos today which speak for themselves.

The plains up around Lemuta and the Gold Kopjes are full of wildebeest, spread from horizon to horizon.

Also, the Triangle (between Naabi and Marsh areas) plains around Frontier Forest and Two Trees full kabisa, all heading direction of Marshes and Plains out the other side.

Good rains continue to fall all around and Landscape is luscious green! Just how it is supposed to look in April!

Cheers,
Ainslie

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Wildebeest in Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Herds have returned to Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson

Huge herds at Naabi

Hi Carel,

Just a quick wildebeest migration update - huge herds in the Naabi area!

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

Onwards towards Naabi

Dear Carel,

Thanks for your email... we have had an incredible amount of rain in the Serengeti since it started.  

The wildebeest have passed us quickly on their way back towards the south, I understand that good herds are down Naabi way. We will keep you posted. We have a couple of vehicles going that way tomorrow.

Kind Regards,
Alison & Tom

Herds at Makoma Hill and moving south towards Moru

13 Apr 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

We still have some of the migration around the central area but some big herds have moved on to the Moru area following the green grass and throughly enjoying the long awaited rains. The Serengeti is enjoying lots of it and looking lush and green.

Have a wonderful week!
Camp Update from Lemala Ewanjan

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View from the Serengeti - Image by Lemala Camps

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Lodges closest to the herd right now

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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.

2 km

from herd

Lemala Ndutu

$ 434

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.

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from herd

Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp

$ 625

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.

4 km

from herd

Lake Masek Luxury Tented Camp

$ 488

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.

11 km

from herd

Naabi Hill Serengeti Green Camp

$ 400

per person per night

Naabi Hill Serengeti Green Camp is used for the Serengeti Mobile Green Camp during December till sometime in February when the migration will more than likely be in the Southern short grass plains.

The camp is very central to the migration and ironically feels a lot more remote than any camp in the Ndutu area during the same time of year. The camp is set up under large Acacia Tortilis trees.

Naabi Hill Serengeti Green Camp has four private dining areas. We try to place every group in their own little private area with-in the campsite. This will mean every group has their own dining area, fireplace, butler and tent set up that operate independent from the other guest areas. These ‘areas’ are set up to offer every group maximum privacy not looking on to other groups of guests.

26 km

from herd

Wildlife Explorer Dulana Serengeti Camp

Price on Request

Dulana sits on the edge of ‘Hidden Valley’ a little known depression on the southern plains of the Serengeti, on the edge of the off road driving area, allowing immediate access onto the short grass plains where Cheetah are abundant and Lion prides establish territory close to camp and the surrounding woodland.

The camp takes advantage of the uninterrupted views across the shallow valley, where different species of game can be spotted from the comfort of the accommodation tents. The main lounge and dining tents also enjoy splendid views and are a haven of comfort for the hours of daytime rest.

Nearby, a towering kopje system create the backdrop for African sundowners saluting the end of another spectacular safari day.

The site for Dulana has been selected for its proximity to the short grass plains but more importantly, the camp has a feel of remote exclusivity, away from most other tourism in an isolated setting.

Dulana activities are all about big game-predator and prey interaction with more than a little theatre thrown in as embellishment for the adrenalin rush that is the Serengeti.

32 km

from herd

Kusini

$ 929

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.

33 km

from herd

Serian's Serengeti Mobile

$ 680

per person per night

Serian Kusini mobile is located in the Southern Serengeti, just west of Lake Ndutu. The camp is remote, quiet and really quite special.

The mobile camp is ideally placed in a prime predator area with lots of leopard and lion and very few camps. However, its all about the babies of the great migration, and around birthing season, 400,000 odd calves drop over a short period between January and February.

45 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.

45 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.

46 km

from herd

Kirurumu Serengeti Camp

$ 314

per person per night

​Kirurumu Serengeti Camp is a luxury mobile camp, moved seasonally to take best advantage of the vast Serengeti. The camp is used as a base, a spring board for an early morning game drive, a break for a sumptuous lunch, a respite from the heat of the day and the finale to a days adventure where stories can be swapped around a fire. As a small and intimate camp the staff are on hand just to look after a very limited number of guests and so the level of attention and service is always excellent

48 km

from herd

Serian's Serengeti South

$ 680

per person per night

Away from the river equally dramatic scenery hosts a good variety of game with great Leopard and Lion. Top Tip - Combine the Serengeti with the Masai Mara and get some amazing shots of the cats in their element before coming to the Serengeti to see the crossings. 

The Serengeti is an amazing wide-open space with little of the traffic of the Masai Mara, however it has fewer roads and in certain places can be as busy as the Masai Mara in the high season. This is why we have chosen to locate in some of the very quietest areas.

52 km

from herd

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

$ 325

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.

59 km

from herd

Kati Kati

$ 258

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.

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