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Big herds in Kusini

20 Mar 2017 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker

Our guide Bahti has just returned from Ndutu, informing us that the herds are in and around Gol Kopjes in Serengeti but big herds are also in the Kusini area of the Serengeti.

Big herds in Kusini
Big herds in Kusini - Image by Wild Frontiers

Large herds in Kusini

Hi HerdTracker

Ndutu is drying out again, consequently the herds are spreading far and wide.

There are large pockets through the woodlands still, and out on the most southern plains. Alot of babies, and we continue to receive reports of birthing. Kusini area is very green and large numbers over there.

Guests returned from Angata Kiti / Lemuta regoin yesterday and reported very large numbers across the plains.

Cheers,
Ainslie

Some of the herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

Suddenly we had wildebeest migration in camp yesterday afternoon.

Thanks,
Mark

The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp
The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Mark - Namiri Plains Camp
The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp
The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Mark - Namiri Plains Camp
The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp
The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Mark - Namiri Plains Camp
The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp
The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Mark - Namiri Plains Camp
The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp
The herds have returned to Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Mark - Namiri Plains Camp

Wildebeest are moving further south of Namiri Plains Camp

13 Mar 2017 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

A few wildebeest were in the area for a week ago, but they seems to be moving around heading further south of our camp, very few remaining in the area and some of the zebras.

Regards,
Mark

Mara grasslands are beaming with lush green grass after two weeks of rain

13 Mar 2017 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

With over two weeks of rains, the Mara grassland is beaming with fresh lush green grass and flowers blossoming. Carnivores and herbivores are happy!

Kind Regards,
Onesmus

Wildlife in the Mara
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Wildlife in the Mara
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Wildlife in the Mara
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Massive herds of wildebeest around Ndutu, Kusini and Naabi

06 Mar 2017 from Wild Frontiers

Hiya bwana

Just got back from our Ndutu Wilderness Camp. Millions of wildies around Ndutu, down to Kusini and across to Naabi and on the camp front lawn!

Whoever was lucky enough to be in a hot air balloon on 3 March was given a mindblowing flight, from Ndutu to Naabi, all over the herds.

March is great!

Cheers,

JOhn

Hundreds of wildebeest around Namiri Plains - many calves spotted!

01 Mar 2017 from Asilia Africa

We have been seen hundreds of wildebeest near Namiri Plains as there have been some rains in the area.

Some have started giving birth and there are lots of babies around!

Thank you to Epimark for the images.

Hundreds of wildebeest near Namiri Plains
Hundreds of wildebeest near Namiri Plains - Image by Epimark
Rain in the Serengeti
Rain in the Serengeti - Image by Epimark
Hundreds of wildebeest near Namiri Plains
Hundreds of wildebeest near Namiri Plains - Image by Epimark

The Loita herds are finally giving birth

It's the time of plenty on the conservancy and around the greater Mara. The Loita migration are still here, there have been some big rain around the area with around 50 mm in the past 24 hours. Many of the migrant birds have arrived including bee-eaters, harriers, steppe eagles and storks.

Finally the majority of the wildebeest cows are giving birth. There are little animals across many species scattered around the plains. 

The Loita herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The Loita herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The Loita herds are finally giving birth
The Loita herds are finally giving birth - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Little signs of birthing in Ndutu

16 Feb 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Our guides are reporting herds in the Maswa area but its very dry and dusty in Ndutu so we are hoping for rain to bring them in. Little signs of birthing though.

Regards,
Tabby - Assistant Camp Manager - Lemala Ndutu

Lack of rain causes unusual movement in the migratory patterns

Hi HerdTracker

We have had no rains, and so the wildebeest are not doing their normal thing this year. They seem to be spread out from the central Serengeti to Moru, Maswa and Serengeti south. I have heard that there are a few calves seen. There is certainly nothing much happening at Ndutu in the way of migration. Just enough wildies around to keep the cats with full bellies.

Best wishes,
Ainslie

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Chaka Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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$ 300

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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.

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Olakira Camp

$ 400

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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.

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

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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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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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‘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.

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Explore a rich landscape of inky blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and the soft neutrals of the African savannah. Bordering the game rich Lamai Triangle, twelve mobile luxury tents are hidden under the deep shade of acacia canopies.  

This camp moves north, west and south throught the year offering guests a front row seat to the migration, the procession of more than two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle as they wander across the vast grass plains.

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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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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.

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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.

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