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Wildebeest grazing on the southern Serengeti Plains

06 Feb 2016 from Lemala Camps

Miraji Gwau, a guide at Lemala Camps, took this image of the wildbeest migration grazing on the southern Serengeti Plains. 

Wildebeest grazing on the southern Serengeti Plains
Wildebeest grazing on the southern Serengeti Plains - Image by Miraji Gwau

Serengeti South Flight Report

05 Feb 2016 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

We had an amazing flight this morning with 15 passengers onboard.

The weather was excellent this morning and we flew for 1.1 hours and landed with 8 knots after the triangle.

We flew right over the migration throughout the flight. We started halfway through the herd and we could not see their end.

There are wildebeests here in millions, not in thousands!

We also saw a pack of hyenas with a kill while some were chasing baby wildebeest. In addition there were a lot of Grant's gazelles, zebra, Thomson's gazelles, jackal, eland and African hares.

Our guests were in awe of this spectacle of nature from an exciting perspective.

Regards,
Captain Jones

Two newborn wildebeest spotted in Naabi

02 Feb 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker,

A small group of wildebeest have been seen at Shamba la Maharage which is Naabi Plains and more concentration is from this area up to Gol area. The guests saw two newborn wildebeests seems a sign they have started calving.

Yesterday, we just had rains in the evening and guides are expecting them to be moving closer to us .

Please see the picture taken yesterday about the calves. Should I hear more info today will get back to you.

Regards,
Greg

newborn wildebeest spotted in Naabi
Newborn wildebeest spotted in Naabi - Image by Lemala Camps
The calving season has started
The calving season has started - Image by Lemala Camps

The calving season has started!

Hi HerdTracker

There are masses of wildebeest north of here and south of here - north of the main road across the Serengeti up towards Lemuta, Angata Kiti and Piyaya. South of here also, between Twin Hills and Makao masses.

Reports are now coming in that the calving has started. You are not having to drive very far from here to be in the middle of it all. Guest are seeing some awesome cheetah chases and kills. Several sets of new Cheetah cubs have been sighted.

Cheers
Ainslie

Big herd in the Ndutu area, going further east to Piyaya

Hi HerdTracker,

There's a big herd in the Ndutu area, going further east to Piyaya. The migratory animals are starting to give birth as well. 

Regards,
Simon
 

Amazing GoPro close-up of a wildebeest at Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Kusini

27 Jan 2016 from Alex Walker's Serian

Alex Walker sent us this stunning image taken by Chris Stamper using a GoPro Hero 4 close to Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Kusini.

GoPro close-up of a wildebeest at Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Kusini
GoPro close-up of a wildebeest at Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Kusini - Image by Chris Stamper

Snapshots of the wildebeest migration in Ndutu

26 Jan 2016 from Lemala Camps

Lemala Camps sent us these wonderful images of the herds close to their tented camp in Ndutu!

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Heavy rains continue to fill Topi Plains

26 Jan 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Heavy rains continues to fill the plains, at Topi Plains north of Rekero Camp.

Male topi's have started to show signs of lekking, displaying and shadow boxing hoping to please and win the females heart, meanwhile lions and hyenas are having a field day as the topi's are busy courting and forgetting the enemy is just few meters away.

Regards,
Onesmus
 

Lions feed on a topi kill
Lions feed on a topi kill - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Topis keep an eye out for any predators
Topis keep an eye out for any predators - Image by Onesmus Irungu

Why you should visit the Masai Mara in July 2016

22 Jan 2016 from Timothy Leperes Laur

Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association member Timothy Leperes Laur sent us these amazing images of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the Lookout Hill Crossing Point in the Mara Reserve, Kenya in July 2015.

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The migration returns to Ndutu

Hi HerdTracker,

Continuing good rains have brought the migration out of the southern woodlands and back to the Ndutu area. Today, the plains out on the triangle, and north of the main road were full, full, full.

Here at the lodge, we have no need to travel far, as it all comes to us!

Regards,
Ainslie

Zebra grazing close to the Ndutu Safari Lodge
Zebra grazing close to the Ndutu Safari Lodge - Image by Ainslie Wilson

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

1 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.

Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 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.

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

1 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.

Chaka Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 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.

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.

Guests with Guide at Lake Masek in Ndutu, Tanzania

6 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.

Beautiful view at Kusini, Ndutu, Tanzania

9 km

from herd

Kusini

$ 790

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.

Wildlife in Kusini, Tanzania

9 km

from herd

Serian's Serengeti Mobile

$ 885

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.

Discover Africa Safaris

20 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.

Asanja Luxury Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

28 km

from herd

Asanja Luxury Tented Camp

$ 420

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.

Dunia Camp Tent Interior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

33 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.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp Room Exterior in South Central Serengeti, Tanzania

33 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.

Ubuntu Camp viewpoint, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

36 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.

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

38 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.

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

52 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.

Campfire at Kati Kati in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

53 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.

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