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More rain at Ndutu with good zebra and wildebeest numbers

Hi Carel,

Drivers coming in today report huge zebra numbers out on the plains around Naabi hill, and large (several hundred at a time) groups dotted around Triangle between Naabi and here, and out on Caracal Plateau, Olduvai and Twin Hills plains so still many around.  

Good rain towards Olduvai, east of the lodge itself.

Ainslie,
Ndutu Safari Lodge

Loita herds moving south into Naboisho

26 May 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

I see that main herds are starting to move north again but none have reached the Mara yet. I will be sure to let you know when we see the first herds coming towards Sala’s across the border.  

I’ve been told that the Loita herds are now heading back south towards the main reserve and are currently passing through some of the conservancies to the north of the Mara. Apart from that nothing to update except lots of rain every day for the last two weeks!

Best wishes,
Mark Boyd,
Sala's Camp, Masai Mara

Big herds heading for Moru Kopjes

Hi Carel,

We had good rains over Naabi, Triangle and Lemuta yesterday, as well as to the south of here towards Makao and Kusini.

It is hard to get a good idea of where the largest numbers are, as they seem to be really spread out, all the way from Twin Hills Olduvai plains to Caracal Plateau, through the marsh and past Two Trees.

Came in past Twin Hills a couple of days ago and the plains around there covered but spread out. This morning, I was out at Hidden Valley, and passed through an extremely large group heading on a very definite straight line for Moru. 

I have had no word of anything north of the main road for a while now, so I am guessing they have moved out of that area.

Cheers,
Ainslie

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Migration heading for the Moru Kopjes - Image by Ainslie Wilson
Africa Migration on the move - Video by Ainslie Wilson

Western herds just south of Moru heading north

25 May 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi,

Just returned back to the lodge after a long day!!! We saw herds of wildebeest migration just south of Moru Kopjes in Serengeti!

Long lines of migratory herds coming out of the woodland from Simiyu (Kusini) towards Moru area where it's still very wet!!!!

Firoz,
Ranger Safari Guide

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Wildebeest migration south of Moru Kopjes - Image by Firoz, Ranger Safaris

Western herds slowly heading north from Naabi

25 May 2015 from Grumeti Expeditions

Hi Carel

Its Adam here with Grumeti Expedition just heading to Serengeti with some clients and look what I found at Naabi gate. A herd of around 4000+ enjoying the green grass on the Naabi plains.

Kazi njema bwana, tuko pamoja!

Adam,
Grumeti Expeditions Guide
 

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Wildebeest on the Naabi Plains - Image by Adam Grumeti Expeditions

Big herds appear to have started their move towards the north

24 May 2015 from Java safaris

Hi Carel,

Presently in the Serengeti with Java Safaris in search of the migration that is well and truly spread out. 

The good news is that the big herds appear to have started their move towards the north. We saw some smaller herds in the Ndutu area as well as in the Moru Kopjes and as far as Central serengeti too. 

The big herds have been seen seen near the Mbuzi Mawe region. Will keep you posted.

Kind regards,

Catherine
Java Safaris

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Wildebeest migration in the Mbuzi Mawe region - Image by Cathrine Lloyd

Mbuzi Mawe to Lobo with some concentrated herds

24 May 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

Lemala Ewanjan update: All is well here in the Serengeti with excellent cat sightings. The migration is a little scattered but big herds are in the Mbuzi Mawe area.

We have had no rain for 3 days so dry and sunny and the animals are loving it.

Have a great weekend!
Ebenezer
 

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Wildebeest herds are in Mbuzi Mawe - Image by Ebenezer

Breaking news - Eastern herds between Mbuzi Mawe and Lobo moving north

20 May 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi Carel

I just bumped into some migratory herds between Mbuzi Mawe just north of Seronera and Lobo airstrip, not massive numbers but significant enough for an update. The big numbers are still at Ndutu / Naabi and moving west.  

Keep well,
Ephata,
Ranger Safaris Guide

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Migratory herds between Mbuzi Mawe - Image by Ephata Lotashu
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Big numbers are still at Ndutu - Image by Ephata Lotashu
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Wildebeest migration is moving west - Image by Ephata Lotashu

What to expect this crossing season

19 May 2015 from Carel Verhoef

June to September is what is considered the crossing season and during our 2015 crossing season we still have two rivers to cross and the herds are running late this year. 

What does this mean?

There is still a good chance of Grumeti River crossings with most of the migration still south of the Grumeti, the herds are heading west slowly and it seems that if there is late rain in the Lobo, Klein's Camp areas that we might still have a full Grumeti River with wildebeest having to cross although this would be much later than the previous two years. 

Grumeti River crossings during June are likely. Mara River crossings also looks to be later than the last couple of years and we are expecting the first of the crossings to start during July even the last half of July, we are predicting a long crossing season with the herds having lots of grazing and water options, in short, the dry season will start later this year and with it the need to move north. To be on the safe side, go to both the Masai Mara and the Serengeti sides and follow us to make informed decisions closer to the time, for yourself or your clients.  

Carel Verhoef,
HerdTracker

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Wildebeest migration river crossings - Image by Ainslie Wilson

Back to Ndutu and some movement from east to west towards Moru

18 May 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi,

Just came back on safari today, herds of wildebeest were scattered down south around Naabi Hill heading towards Ndutu, Secret Valley (Hidden Valley) while others are approaching Moru Kopjes from the south-east.

Firoz,
Ranger Safaris Guide

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Wildebeest close to Naabi Hill - Image by Firoz, Ranger Safaris
- Video by Firoz, Ranger Safaris

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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.

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Ndutu Safari Lodge

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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.

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Kusini

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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.

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Lake Masek Luxury Tented Camp

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Serengeti Sopa Lodge

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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.

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Kati Kati

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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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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.

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Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp

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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.

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