The migratory herds are heading towards the short grass of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and will arrive in the Ndutu Safari Lodge in the next few days.
For the past 10-12 years, the wildebeest herds have settled in and around the Lakes Ndutu and Masek. This area is lush in February and an ideal location for wildebeest to give birth to offspring. Expect scenes of delight (newborns finding their feet) and horror (predators arrive to prey on the young).
There are some things that just have to be done in a lifetime and hot air ballooning over the Masai Mara wildebeest migration is one of them. There is little that can match the aesthetic appeal of a huge colourful balloon rising like an airborne out of the pre-dawn darkness into the first rays of the sun.
Niamh captured the herds in the Masai Mara heading towards the Serengeti during her hot air balloon safaris.
Escape to the Africa of legend and myth with endless plains surrounding our luxury tented safari camp in the Serengeti. Styled to replicate the elegant hunting camps of legendary hunters such as Denys Finch Hatton and Baron Bror Blixen, Kirawira Serena Camp welcomes you to a destination where unforgettable safari adventures are complemented by crisp, professional services and five-star amenities. As the finest and most exclusive of the Serena Group's safari venues, we offer an experience beyond compare surrounded by the majesty of Serengeti National Park's famous Western Corridor.
Arranged in classically Edwardian style, Kirawira Serena Camp featured 25 beautifully appointed luxury tents with spectacular views of the plains. It also includes elegant dining tents featuring Edwardian-styled dining furniture and staff attired in the classical Colonial 'mess' uniform of white Swahili robes. In addition, there's a central meeting tent evocatively furnished with a tasteful selection of chintz-covered chaise lounges, Persian rugs, antique escritoire, wind-up phonograms and leather-bound travelling cases.
An abundance of discoveries awaits. Embark on action-packed game drives to see the Serengeti's Big Five. Witness the Greatest Wildlife show on Earth. the annual migration of over one million wildebeest, or view crocodiles in the Grumeti Reserve. Partake in Swahili lessons or a cooking class or indulge yourself with a message. Toast the end of another glorious day with sundowner cocktails and canapés in the bush. Then repair to the dining tent for a gourmet meal paired with world-class wines.
The location of the Serengeti North Wilderness Camp has been carefully selected in the Lamai Wedge, the northern-most corner of the Serengeti National Park.
This relatively isolated spot overlooks the Mara River and is just a few kilometres from one of the recognised ‘crossing points’ for the wildebeest migration. The great thing about Northern Serengeti is that it is nowhere near as densely populated as the Maasai Mara.
When Sayari Camp opened in 2005 it blazed a trail in Tanzania, allowing safari travellers to access one of the most dramatic and under-explored corners of the northern Serengeti. Today, this upmarket Serengeti lodge is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five country on the continent.
The remote and starkly beautiful landscape forms the inspiration for Sayari, with the turret-shaped roofs on each of the 15 expansive tented suites mirroring the iconic Turner Hill to the north. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
En-suite bathrooms, with spacious showers and egg-shaped baths large enough for two, offer similarly impressive Serengeti views. Fine linens and safari-chic décor offset the wilderness that lies just beyond the canvas walls, with king-size beds and private verandas to complete the world-class experience.
Perched above cool, swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the sumptuous safari suites at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offer breath-taking views. Inspired, in design, by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta, or homestead, this is without doubt one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa.
Three separate and intimate camps totalling just 30 suites are reminiscent of a bygone era. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. The bedroom, sitting room and ensuite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the magnificent Crater below.
Beaded chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors, while antiques, billowing raw silk curtains and leather-backed chairs blend harmoniously with African art elements.
Serengeti Safari Camp was the first of it’s kind. It was designed with a purpose in mind; to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration as it covers hundreds of miles of the Serengeti National Park each year. So it should come as no surprise that it really hasn't changed much since it's early pioneering days.
For a few months of the year the migration is on our doorstep at Lamai Serengeti. But of course the wildebeest move and this is what our Serengeti Safari Camp is all about - understanding the Serengeti seasons and game movements and mirroring them.