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The wildebeest and zebra migration were sighted moving into the Maswa

22 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The wildebeest and zebra migration were seen moving into the Maswa Game Reserve, following the rain storm a few days ago in the southern part of the Serengeti.

This is where they are touted to be at this time of the year because the seasonal rainfall brings the sprout of new green shoots which are rich in essential minerals for lactating mothers and growing calves. 

- Image by Serengeti Nomad

Zebras quenching their thirst in the Ndutu area

20 Feb 2018 from Paul Kirui

Zebras quenching their thirst in the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Paul Kirui

The safari guides saw this leopard just 10 minutes out from the camp earlier today

20 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

A great moment from the Serengeti Safari Camp, as the safari guides saw this leopard just 10 minutes out from the camp this morning.

- Image by Serengeti Nomad

Large herds have been seen in the Maswa Game Reserve

20 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The herds have been seen in their thousands at the Maswa Game Reserve.

A small group is in the Kusini area after the rain in the Maswa, with a promising sign of rain in the Ndutu area. 

- Image by Serengeti Nomad

Large herd migrating from the Moru Kopjes to the central Serengeti (Seronera)

20 Feb 2018 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Baraka Willium spotted a large herd migrating from the Moru Kopjes to the central Serengeti (Seronera).

The wildebeest choose Ndutu as their calving ground

19 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The wildebeest choose Ndutu as their calving ground, because the soil of the Ndutu area is very rich in essential minerals for growing calves and lactating mothers.

But this depends entirely on the rainfall in an area which stimulates the growth of the new grass. Ndutu's soil drains quickly in the absence of rain, which leads to fine dust and dryness. Hence the migration's move south to the woodlands, where the grass is greener. 

- Image by Serengeti Nomad

The Loita migration is still roaming around the conservancy

The Loita migration is still roaming around the conservancy. However, a large number are further east in the Naibosho and Olare conservancies. 

Credit: Safari guide, Empap Meshack Sayialel

- Image by Empap Meshack Sayialel
- Image by Empap Meshack Sayialel

February is the month to expect scenes of delight (newborns finding their feet)

19 Feb 2018 from Asilia Africa

February is the month to expect scenes of delight with newborns finding their feet and predators arriving to prey on the young.

It is not only the older, more-experienced predators who will have the chance to see through. They too have co-ordinated their birthing times to coincide with the birth of their prey so that their young also have the highest chances of survival.

With thousands of baby wildebeest running around, it is much easier for a mother cheetah, lion or leopard to find a meal for their 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. 

Credit: Ranger, Elia Edward

Large herds of the wildebeest and zebras were captured crossing the Lake Ndutu

19 Feb 2018 from Serengeti Explorer Camp

The herds continue moving and can be seen in different parts of the greater Ndutu area.

Large herds of the wildebeest and zebra were captured crossing the Lake Ndutu moving towards the Seronera area. 

Credit: Safari guide, Abu

Out on the plains, the Loita wildebeest calving is in full swing

Out on the plains, the Loita wildebeest calving is in full swing!

When the moment arrives it happens quickly. The mother looking mildly surprised at the wet bundle which has suddenly appeared. Within minutes the baby is standing on wobbly pins, searching for the first feed of nourishing colostrum to gain strength to be able to keep up with its mother. These magic moments were captured by safari guide Empap Meshack Sayialel. 

- Image by Empap Meshack Sayialel
- Image by Empap Meshack Sayialel
- Image by Empap Meshack Sayialel
 

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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

1 km

from herd

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.

Tents in Wilderness at Camp Zebra in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 km

from herd

Camp Zebra

$ 495

per person per night

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

‘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.

Discover Africa Safaris

1 km

from herd

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.

Discover Africa Safaris

1 km

from herd

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.

Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 km

from herd

Lemala Ndutu

$ 556

per person per night

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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