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We have always said that there is no ‘best time’ to be on safari

13 Jun 2019 from Governors' Camp

We have always said that there is no 'best time' to be on safari!

Governors Il Moran Camp guests this week were in for a real treat with massive herds of wildebeest pouring into the Masai Mara Reserve from the Serengeti. As with any natural phenomenon, nobody can predict their movement and they've caught us all a little off guard - but the savanna grasslands are lush and a feast is ready for them. 

Let HerdTracker help you to track the movement of the migratory herds, allowing you to book a migration safari in order to experience the great migration first-hand. We’ve compiled a safari that will be perfect for you to explore the migration on: http://bit.ly/2KR4RTr

- Image by Will Fortescue
- Image by Will Fortescue
- Image by Will Fortescue
- Image by Will Fortescue
- Image by Will Fortescue

An avalanche of migrating wildebeest stormed into the Masai straight to the Mara River

12 Jun 2019 from Angama Mara

An avalanche of migrating wildebeest stormed into the Masai Mara National Reserve straight to the Mara River

On the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, overlooking the Mara Triangle, with vast amounts of animals, and most spectacularly the iconic wildebeest migration lies Angama Mara

Stay for three nights and only pay for two at Angama Mara! Terms and conditions This special is only valid in the following Standard Season: http://bit.ly/2KLX2OD

- Image by Adam Bannister

Spectacular crossing in the Mara River

11 Jun 2019 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

Safari guide Michael witnessed spectacular crossing in the Mara River

The crossing is from the Mara Entim Camp view. Situated in the heart of Kenya's Maasai Mara Game Reserve, near the Mara River - Entim Camp is right in the middle of the very best game-viewing areas. There’s actually no obligation to go out on game drives because you can sit in camp and watch the animals passing by right in front of you.

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival: http://bit.ly/30TwCjv

Approximately 2,000 wildebeest and zebra crossed point No10

10 Jun 2019 from Emmanuel Matari

Emmanuel was ecstatic to witness one of the first major Mara River crossings in June 2019. Approximately 2,000 wildebeest and zebra crossed point No10.

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great herds on the Topi Plains close to the Keekorok area

07 Jun 2019 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

Safari guide Michael captured the great herds on the Topi Plains close to the Keekorok area

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- Image by Michael
- Image by Michael

A big herd of wildebeest is spreading across the Southern part of the Maasai Mara

06 Jun 2019 from Onesmus Irungu

A big herd of wildebeest is spreading across the Southern part of the Maasai Mara, Sand River (Keekorok), Hammerkop towards the Talek Gate and Olkeju Rongai area. 

Great sightings of wildebeest bulls on testosterone, running around inspecting and breeding with the wildebeest females - part of the ritual is locking horns and fight before passing their DNA. 

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- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu

Huge crossings in the Olakira Hippo Pool

05 Jun 2019 from Emmanuel Matari

Safari guide Emmanuel witnessed a huge crossing during his morning game drives in the Olakira Hippo Pool.

Immerse yourself in the Great Migration Olakira Migration Camp. You'll feel the earth vibrate during winter crossings of the brave wildebeest as they face the mighty rivers in the north. 

Olakira follows the massive herds of the wildebeest to two spectacular locations in the north and south of the Serengeti, as well as the Ndutu region. As the dry days of winter arrive, Olakira relocated north to the confluence of the Mara and Bolongonja rivers for spectacular game viewing at the Mara River itself. 

Known for its superb locations during the Migration, the camp has an additional surprise in the new stargazing tents. The stargazing tents allow the flexibility to roll your bed into the meshed area for a magical experience beneath the stars. With the galaxies glittering above it is an experience that you don't want to miss out on. 

There are opportunities to arrange bush breakfasts and sundowners in camp or the surrounding area. Perfect for honeymooners or anyone celebrating something special.

June is traditionally the Grumeti River crossing period! But, the wildebeest are very early this yea

03 Jun 2019 from Emmanuel Matari

June is traditionally the Grumeti River crossing period! But, this year - the wildebeest herds are very early!!

Safari guide Emmanuel captured the wildebeest from the Eastern Serengeti in the Bolongoja moving at high-speed crossing point no 8 and no 10 in the Mara River. A small herd is still in the Western corridor moving towards the Mara River. 

With limited accommodation, make sure you book your front row seat today..

Photographer Koshal encountered the herds crossing the Sand River heading towards the Masai Mara

31 May 2019 from Koshal Photography

Photographer Koshal encountered the herds crossing the Sand River heading towards the Masai Mara

Despite the dangers of such river adventures, most herds cross safely, leaving the Serengeti, to ensure that the Masai Mara fills up with even more wildlife than usual. Not just the migratory vegetarians, of course – at this time of year it’s rare to see a big cat without either a fresh kill or a full belly!

We expect the crossings to continue for many weeks, so it’s not too late to join us and witness nature’s greatest show for yourself. Or book yourself in for next year. After all, it’s a show that never really ends!

The great wildebeest migration has finally arrived in the Sand River

The great wildebeest migration has finally arrived in the Sand River!!

They were spotted crossing the Sand River heading into the Mara Reserve. Located on the banks of a river from which it has taken its name, Sand River Masai Mara is located within the Masai Mara National Reserve, close to the Tanzanian border.

With an authentic safari experience, superb cuisine, a well-stocked cellar, sparkling pool, hot-air ballooning and your private viewing deck, Sand River Masai Mara offers a winning combination.

 

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Entim Camp Bedroom in Masai Mara, Kenya

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from herd

Entim Camp

$ 568

per person per night

Situated in the heart of Kenya’s legendary Maasai Mara Game Reserve, near the Mara River, Entim camp is right in the middle of the very best game-viewing areas.

While many other visitors to the Mara will be staying in camps in the surrounding areas and conservancies, at Entim you don't have to drive for hours to get to the wildlife action because you are right there in the middle of it. Nor do you have to be hurried out of the Reserve before gates close at 6.30 pm: at Entim you can continue to witness the wild's most important and dramatic events, which often take place at dusk and dawn. There’s actually no obligation to go out on game drives because you can sit in camp and watch the animals passing by right in front of you.

Discover Africa Safaris

1 km

from herd

Governors' Il Moran

$ 390

per person per night

Governors' has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

Newly refurbished in 2018, Il Moran Camp is hidden in the cool shade of the riverine forest that follows the bends of the Mara River. Each tent enjoys a private location from which to enjoy the beautiful and serene setting. Hippos wallow in the river waters below, elephants wander through camp, and the night time is punctuated by hyena whoops and lion calls.

Each canvassed room is expansive and newly furnished to a superior standard. Beautiful old wood furniture and muted natural tones are a natural extension of the environment around. Each stylish bathroom boasts a Victorian style bath and his & her vanities. A large verandah is designed for relaxing in comfort in the peaceful surroundings.

Small and supremely personal in nature, Il Moran is a chic and intimate retreat in the best wildlife location in Kenya and arguably Africa. A brand new dining and lounge area set along the riverfront is beautifully furnished and our superior team of chefs create dishes that tantalize the eyes and taste buds. 

Discover Africa Safaris

1 km

from herd

Angama Mara

$ 1275

per person per night

On the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, overlooking the Mara Triangle, with vast amounts of animals, and most spectacularly the iconic wildebeest migration lies Angama Mara. A place where the light never sits still. The sun shining through the clouds creates chaotic shadows, ever on the move across the Mara plains. The sky – ‘anga’ in Swahili – melts into the horizon, and it is hard to define where it ends and the earth begins.

The lovely Swahili word ‘angama’, meaning ‘hanging or suspended in mid-air’, inspired the name, Angama Mara. The site completely speaks to this, as each tented suite and guest area hangs on the edge of the Rift Valley, with views that quite simply take your breath away.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

4 km

from herd

Governors' Camp

280

per person per night

Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp. 

Mara Ngenche Camp Game Drive in Masai Mara, Kenya

2 km

from herd

Mara Ngenche Camp

$ 560

per person per night

In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara, lies this small, intimate, luxurious and elegant Camp.

Well hidden in the beautiful greenery of riverine forest, Ngenche Safari Camp offers panoramic views over the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers. Overlooking a hippo pool that is always busy with these beautiful large animals with crocodiles always in close proximity. The six spacious well appointed tents are en-suite and decorated with an amazing fusion of modern African decor with old world charm.

Each tent is partially enclosed in it's own "Boma", has a large four poster king size bed, offers wonderful view on the River and is equipped with a large bath tab and outside shower. Mara Ngenche is unfenced and is designed to allow the exciting movement of animals through the grounds white offering an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush. The incredible surroundings of the Masai Mara make this a spectacular safari experience.