Camps closest to the herd right now

04 April 2018
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Last minute accommodation as close as 1 km to the herds! Our camps and lodges give you a front-row seat to the best show on earth.

The Great Migration covers thousands of kilometres during the course of a year so there is no particular “best” lodge or camp for viewing the migration for the entire year. Travelers should also keep in mind that the Great Migration is dependent on the rainfall and does follow the exact same route every year.

The trick then is to pre-book a lodge or camp that move to excellent locations a few time a year to follow the migration. When deciding on the best lodge or camp for the Great Migration, there are two types to consider.

The first is a permanent lodge or luxury tented camp. A second option is a mobile camp where the campsite is moved several times a year to line up with the Great Migration movement. Both styles of accommodation are supremely comfortable, low-key, relaxed and put you in the right spot every time.

Chaka Camp

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.

Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp

Lemala Ndutu moved with the seasons to ensure guests enjoy ringside seats to the spectacle of the Great Migration year round. Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh, Lemala Ndutu is the ultimate amphitheater for the wildebeest migration between December and March.

Nine suites 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.

Woodlands Camp

The Woodlands Camp offers “Out of Africa” style tents ideally located near the famous Lake Ndutu. Nestled in an acacia grove far off the beaten path, just nine (9) stylishly decorated safari tents line a grassy pathway leading from a main dining and lounge tent.

The tented venue is located in the heart of the Southern Serengeti Plains in the migratory animals’ path. The camp’s unique location and intimate size make it the top pick for witnessing the Great Migration in the green season (Dec to April).

Olakira Camp

Immerse yourself in the Great Migration at Olakira Migration Camp. 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 breathtaking 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.

Lake Masek Luxury Tented Camp

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 Five 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.


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