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This video shot by
Charley Swynnerton
in The Ngorongoro Conservation Area
2 weeks ago

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Scores of wildebeest are still pouring through Ndutu, where calves are being born in great numbers. While the rains are continuing, the Ngorongoro Plains offer life-giving water before the wildbeest eventually move on. 

The calving season is arguably one of the most interesting and enjoyable times of the year to view the Great Migration, due to the abundance of new life in the area, from baby elephants using their trunks for the first time, to stealthy lions on the look out for food for their bouncing cubs.

A green season safari is both affordable and one of the best times of the year for a photographic safari. Although rainy, there are wonderfully sunny days too. 

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Charley Swynnerton spotted the great migration during a balloon flight in the Serengeti. 

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti National Park on a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon safari. A Serengeti balloon safari is an extraordinary opportunity to relish a bird's eye-view of the phenomenal sweeping plains below.Tiny little dots rove across the diverse landscape and as you get closer, you are spectator to the most magnificent view of dramatically striped black and white zebra, the wildebeest and subtle swishes of puffed golden tails reveal lions loolling uder shady trees. 

Gently bob through the air and your eye darts to every possible corner, euphoric on adrenalin this stunning approach to absorbing the home of the wild things is truly an overwhelming experience, where very little can hide from you here!

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If you haven't...you should! The Ndutu Safari Lodge is the best accommodation to witness the Wildebeest Migration. 

It is something truly spectacular, mind blowing, surreal and definitely one for the bucket list. The sheer numbers are jew dropping and one can only drive away in absolute awe of nature and a sense of how incredible this would can be. 

November to May is considered low season in Africa so you can get away with booking just a few months in advance. We recommend booking at least three to four months ahead of travel to give yourself plenty of time to consult with an Africa Safari Expert and ensure you get the best value!

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The rains are in full force on the Ndutu Plains!

Take the plunge and visit the Ndutu Safari Lodge to witness unbelievable sightings of the wildebeest migration. 

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A large herd of the wildebeest was captured in the Ndutu heading towards the Miti Mitatu. The herds move slowly and predictably, as the one-month-old calves are fed constantly. The glut of calves make easy prey for predators! Expect lots of lion and leopard encounters.

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Safari guide spotted lion cubs playing on the Big Marsh in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ndutu plains have been experiencing good rains for the past few weeks.

With thousands of wildebeest of baby wildebeest running around, it is much easier for a mother lion, cheetah or leopard to find a meal for the hungry cubs as well as give them the opportunity to learn how to hunt for themselves by practicing on young calves before they have to go out and fend for themselves! Young cubs learn valuable lessons during this time which is crucial to their success. 

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There is a very high probability of witnessing a kill on a game drive in this period. The calves are easy prey for Africa's big predators: lions, cheetahs, leopards, spotted hyenas, and rare wild dogs.

Safari guide Michael Thomas captured the great herds in the Ndutu area. However, a large herd is in the Kakesio area. 

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The great migration is moving along the Lake Ndutu coming from the Marsh woodlands heading towards the open plains of the Golini Triangle and Shamba la Maharage.

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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! 

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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. 

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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. 

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26 Feb 2019 from Yirui Heng

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.

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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.

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