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

2 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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

3 km

from herd

Sayari Camp

$ 753

per person per night

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 countries 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.

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3 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.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.