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Great migration on the Ndutu plains close to the Nasikia Mobile Camp

12 Dec 2019 from Nasikia Camps

Safari guide Karim Saadun captured the great migration on the Ndutu plains close to the Nasikia Mobile Camp

Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation, bordering the southern Serengeti plains, Ndutu thrives with wildlife especially December through to March annually with the Great Wildebeest Migration.

The multiple land-use philosophies in the area are to maintain the peaceful co-existence of humans and wildlife in a natural and traditional setting. Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek form shallow basins where water accumulates from the nearby areas of slightly higher altitude. The water in both lakes are extremely saline, too saline for human consumption. Lake Ndutu becomes alive with animals during the migration because it is surrounded by the Ndutu woodlands and the short grass plains, which provide ample cover and food, especially during the calving season between late January to February. Ndutu is the place to be and Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp is in the heart of the action!

The journey towards the Ndutu woodlands continues

11 Dec 2019 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The journey towards the Ndutu woodlands continues. The great migration was captured on the Ndutu plains. 

- Image by Hassan Mpendu

Great Migration herds arriving on the Ndutu plains

09 Dec 2019 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The Great Migration herds were spotted arriving on the Ndutu plains. 

The flamingos are back and so are the majestic beasts of Africa! All the action is happening in and around the Ndutu Safari Lodge

Be ready for the incredible season! 

Their movements at the beginning of the month can be notoriously difficult to predict

05 Dec 2019 from Gregory Rees

Reliant on the rains across what is an absolutely vast area, their exact location can fool even the best guides!

Their movements at the beginning of the month can be notoriously difficult to predict, as they often spread out across the entire southern Serengeti from Kusini to Namiri! In our opinion, you cannot go wrong with focusing around Moru and Kusini at the beginning of the month, while towards the end of December the best game viewing is around Kusini and Ndutu as the Ndutu Plains literally come to life.

- Image by Gregory Rees

And it’s back home!

04 Dec 2019 from Sasha

And it’s back home! The majority of the herds have reached the southern Serengeti plains by December and are rewarded with those all-important new shoots.

Feasting begins, the predators come out to play and the cycle of life begins again…

- Image by Sasha

December is a busy and wet month, but you can still track the herds in the Serengeti

03 Dec 2019 from Gabriel

December is a busy and wet month, but you can still track the herds in the Serengeti.

The November short rains disperse the wildebeest herds across the Serengeti as they head south in preparation for calving season, which kicks off towards the end of the month and lasts through until March. Generally, the main herds may linger in Namiri Plains (just southeast of the central Serengeti region, Seronera) or in Kusini which is towards the southwest of the central area. Some as early as December may have already made it to the fertile Ndutu Plains in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in preparation for the calving season.

The rains in the Serengeti are calling the great herds to return to the south and east

29 Nov 2019 from Andrea Forero

The rains in the Serengeti are calling the great herds to return to the south and east of the Serengeti.

Central and southern Serengeti where the new grass is waiting for the wildebeest and zebra to return is the best place to be for the migration at this time of year. 

Mobile camps are set up around the central and southern part of the park in anticipation of the return of the great migration.

- Image by Andrea Forero

Great migration on the move following the heavy rains in the southern and eastern Serengeti

27 Nov 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

Safari guide Cr Ian captured the great wildebeest migration on the move following the heavy rains in the southern and eastern Serengeti.

However, a large herd of the great migration had been seen moving from Naabi Hill heading towards the Gol mountains. It is predicted that the great migration might arrive early than expected in the Ndutu area due to the heavy rainfalls. 

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region

Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest move across the Serengeti

26 Nov 2019 from Zahirah Marty

Zahirah Marty seeing hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest move across the Serengeti was one of the most incredible experiences of her life. 

They were grazing in the grassland and mobilize into a single file to crossroads as a form of protection. 

You can't but marvel at the beauty of nature and creation - whether from the ground or in the air. 

Wildebeest moving from the Masai Mara ecosystem to Serengeti in search of green pastures

26 Nov 2019 from Willy

Willy witnessed a group of wildebeest and zebra from the Masai Mara ecosystem to Serengeti in search of green pastures. 

River crossings in the Northern Serengeti are now rare, so we often suggest that clients focus on areas around the central Seronera river valley and Moru (south of central). 

- Image by Willy
- Image by Willy
 

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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Legendary Serengeti Camp

$ 665

per person per night

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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Ndutu Safari Lodge

$ 256

per person per night

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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Camp Zebra

$ 495

per person per night

Like the animal it is named after, Camp Zebra follows the wildebeest migration to the northern part of the Serengeti National Park in June, July, August, September, October and November; and to the southern part of the park from December till March. Camp Zebra is closed from the middle of April till the end of May each year.

Camp Zebra consists of six 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.

Camp Zebra is Serengeti camping at its finest. The mobile nature of the camp makes it easy to follow the wildebeest herds as they complete their long journey, ensuring the best wildlife sightings during the incredible Great Migration in Tanzania. See our HerdTracker app for the latest migration updates. 

Game Drive at Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park

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Lemala Ndutu

$ 556

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Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh, Lemala Ndutu is the ultimate amphitheater for the wildebeest migration between December and March.

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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Woodlands Camp

Price on Request

Tucked within a grassy corridor that links the Lake Ndutu area with the Moru Kopjes and Hidden Valley is the seasonal Woodlands Camp. During the calving season, this area is teaming with wildebeest as hundreds of thousands of pregnant females converge to give birth. While most properties are compacted in a central location, Woodlands Camp is slightly removed from the main tourist venue, allowing for more privacy without sacrificing access to this awe-inspiring event.