April 2014 - Wildebeest migration updates

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A main single herd

30 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hey Carel The migration was reliably spotted as a main single herd about 10 nautical miles SW of Sero by our pilots this morning. The coordinates are S02 37 E034 47 (Mukoma Hill vicinity) There are also quite a few small herds (less than 100 or so) floating around in different areas on the surrounding plains from Moru in the south to Sero in the east to Serena in the north. Have a good day Capt Joel

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The migration is right here

29 Apr 2014 from Mashine

Morning from Ewanjan Lemala Camp in the central Serengeti, we have not started our morning game drive yet because the migration is right here, I drove through the herds yesterday afternoon and they are all over the Seronera, Makoma, Moru kopjes areas and even as far north as Mbuzi Mawa. Talk to you tonight with some more feedback - clients are happy! Mashine

Western herds arrived at Lemala Ewanjan

25 Apr 2014

Our 3rd data capturing way-point has been reached in the 2014 Great Migration route, the front-end of the western herds has arrived at Lemala Ewanjan at Makoma Hill central Serengeti - Thank you for the update Tom Yule from Lemala for your info received.

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Small herd to the east of Seronera

24 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

So it seems to have split up again, with a small herd to the east of Seronera and the bigger herd south west of Seronera moving towards the north west. Unfortunately this is just reports from rangers on the ground as we rarely have a track south west of sero. We keep you up to date! Attached is a pic of the smaller herd. Capt Joel

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The wildebeest herds have split up again - Image by Captain Joel J Fernandes
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Herds are spread out

23 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Last update - the migration was spotted to the East of Seronera moving WNW slowly, the herds are spread out because of good rain throughout the east and central Serengeti, there is a very definite move towards the WNW. I would say that in a week from now they should be at Moru.

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Quick move towards the north

10 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hey Carel Got an update from the boys out there, still divided in 2 herds. One Southeast of Seronera and the other North west of Ndutu moving in a rough Northerly direction. It seems just when I think that you guys will be incorrect that they turn and go north - well done, i was surprised by the quick move towards the north over the last few days! Regards, Joel

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The migration is split in two

08 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

So the migration is split in two. One giant herd south of Ndutu tracking towards lake Ndutu the other is north of Ndutu moving towards the Gol mountains direction, we have had more rain in the south and the herds turned around from their path to Moru and we have them a little longer in the south this year - I think there will be a quicker move to Simba next week. Thanks Joel

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 km

from herd

Wayo Green Camp

$ 326

per person per night

Our walking safari camp is part of the Wayo Africa Walking Safari experience. It is truly one-of-a-kind and is the highlight of many people's safaris. The aim of our camp is to access remote areas in the easiest manner possible while maintaining high levels of comfort. Our camp is designed to fit on a small trailer that can easily be towed in to the bush, allowing for movement as the animals move.

Tents are 3-man dome style tents that are easy to set-up with plenty of floor space for two people. It is great for a good nights rest in a really remote area. Sleeping is on comfy 4-inch mattresses on the ground and the bedding is cotton covered duvets and cotton sheets.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

10 km

from herd

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

$ 800

per person per night

The world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park measures close to 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles). And Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of it all.

In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. Our Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation

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10 km

from herd

Kimondo Camp

$ 714

per person per night

Like the herds of antelope that have made the Serengeti the most famous wilderness region on earth, Kimondo is a traveller. As the seasons wax and wane so this migration camp crafted of wood and canvas follows the herds on their never-ending journey across the grasslands of East Africa.

From July to October home for Kimondo is near the sinuous Mara River on the famous Lamai Wedge, where massive herds brave the jaws of hungry Nile crocodiles. As winter eases and summer warms the land, the herds move south to calve in the lush grasslands of the southern Serengeti. As the herds move, so does Kimondo, to ensure you’re never far from the heart of the migration.

But unlike the thundering wildebeest, Kimondo – like its sought-after sister-camp Olakira – leaves no footprint behind. Entirely solar-powered, it’s a migration camp that touches the earth lightly while providing authentic luxury on the Serengeti plains. With just eight comfortable tents Kimondo offers an intimate safari experience; a sumptuous taste of how the early explorers discovered the wonders of East Africa.

From rich hand-woven rugs to burnished copper lanterns a sultry mix of Moroccan exoticism and East African safari romance resonates at Kimondo, where king-size cast-iron beds rest under canvas ceilings as the rustle of the savannah lulls you to sleep. Or leave sleep for a while and linger at the fireside, swopping tales of your day in Africa as the embers crackle up towards the Milky Way. Kimondo translates as ‘shooting star’ and in Tanzania’s crystal-clear skies you’ll be sure to see more than a few.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

11 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. 

Serengeti Wilderness Camp Tent Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

11 km

from herd

Serengeti Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to a new location. We work under Park’s guidelines and the camp is truly eco-friendly.

Comprising just ten spacious tents, we provide comfortable beds and quality linen, with en suite eco-friendly toilet and bush-shower off an intimate dressing room area. Lighting is by 12-volt (solar powered) with bedside lamps provided. The tents each have a shady verandah, where guests may relax and read quietly or perhaps watch birds and animals.