February Latest Live Migration Updates

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HerdTracker, a web application developed by Discover Africa in 2014, was launched to track the movement of the wildebeest migration in real-time. The web application has afforded wildlife enthusiasts and travellers the unique opportunity to explore the migration with accurate information based on the location of the migratory herds.

The success of HerdTracker is not possible without the valued contribution from the Ndutu Safari Lodge, Serengeti NomadAlex Walker's SerianNasikia Camp, Serengeti Balloon Safaris and travellers who share updates when sighting the herds. 

16 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Serengeti Nomad

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Safari guide spotted a large herd of zebra queuing by the water pool for a drink in the Hidden Valley. However, the migration is scattered in the southern part towards the Maswa all the way to the southern Ndutu area.

17 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Alex Walker's Serian

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Safari guide Michael Thomas captured an incredible moment of a wobbly newborn wildebeest learning how to walk soon after birth.

18 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Nasikia Camps

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Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coTBzO96TaI

Currently, the wildebeest are in the Ndutu which is actually in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and it is the calving season. February is the only time of the year when you are almost guaranteed to see the big herds all together as they come south for calving season.

19 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Ndutu Safari Lodge

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Take the plunge and visit Ndutu Safari Lodge to witness unbelievable sightings of the wildebeest and zebra crossing the Lake Ndutu. 

20 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

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Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYUBEJro_8I

It's that time of the year again! The topi have joined the resident zebra in their herds on the Western corridor plains. Although lesser known than the great wildebeest migration, this gathering of more than 1,000 topi is definitely a sight to be seen. 

21 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The Ndutu pride cubs are growing! Two mother lioness with eight lion cubs were captured on the edge of the Big Marsh. There's truly nothing that compared to seeing a baby wildebeest or lion cubs after being born. Traveling to the Serengeti during the calving season promises an exciting adventure full of wonder and plenty of action. 

There are several great properties in the southern Serengeti and Ndutu areas that allow you to stay close to the action. Whether you choose to stay in a luxury lodge or a mobile-tented camp, you can be certain that game viewing during the calving season is one of the best time to be in Africa.  

22 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Goh Jackie Koh

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Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nca5FUXBbxA

Goh captured a herd of zebra and wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Zebras are known to be the first chain before the wildebeests. They have superb memories and great eye sights whereas the wildebeest have a great sense of smell (for water). 

25 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Ndutu Safari Lodge

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Misty morning crossings in the Ndutu Safari Lodge. Ndutu’s 34 Cottages all face Lake Ndutu and have en-suite bathrooms and verandahs from which to enjoy the view.

26 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Yirui Heng

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Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSJ4eF7YVYk

The miracle of life is the main theme for the migration herd on the Ndutu Plains. With the arrival of the rains on fertile volcanic soil, almost half a million wildebeests calve their young, mostly synchronised in a two week period. The calves quickly find their footing and can sprint within 15 minutes after birth.

27 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Serengeti Nomad

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The Ndutu plains have been experiencing good rains for the past two days. However, the great herds with their calves kicked up their heels and followed the smell of the rains in the Golini area all the way to the Gol Mountains where the grass is highly palatable and rich in essential minerals the lactating mothers and growing calves need. 

28 February 2019 Live Migration Update from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

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The short grass plains of the Ndutu were a magical spectacle of wildebeest and zebra from a balloon safari this morning. 

01 March 2019 Live Migration Update from Serengeti Nomad

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March is the last month that the mobile camps operate in the Serengeti. Use them to stay close to the action!

The wildebeest herds are in the south-west part of the Serengeti, mostly in the Ndutu and Kusini Maswa region. Safari guide spotted a newborn in the Ngorongoro Crater

A sincere thanks to all contributors for the updates!


Our Recommended Itinerary

The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)

day 1

Arusha and your arrival
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)

day 2

Onwards to Tarangire, the perfect start
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)

day 3

Elephant and so much more

day 4

Lake Manyara and the rim of the Crater
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)

day 5

Full day on the Crater floor

day 6

Lake Ndutu and the southern plains
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)
  • The migration (Calving season) Late January to end March (EA 11 days)

day 7

The Great Migration, it is hard to imagine

day 8

day 9

Big cat country

day 10

Make sure you find leopard

day 11

Fly Home

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