Guests at Lemala Ndutu are enjoying the migration around camp and directly in front by the small marsh. The numbers are growing and the cheetah sightings have been amazing this past week with lots of kills seen.
The migration in Ndutu - Image by Veronica Otter
Game drive at Lemala Ndutu - Image by Veronica Otter
Report from Marando Shauri, one of our guides. We are getting good rain now and the wildebeest are filling Caracal Plateau, coming in from Kusini and Makau woodlands.
Long lines heading out towards Gol and Lemuta. Frontier Forest woodland areas full, as well as the marsh areas. Large groups of zebra around the lodge. Many cheetah sightings with cubs so a great time to be here.
Happy Christmas! This just in from Nomad guide Emmanuel Njawa:
Things are starting to warm up around here after a few days of rain. Some substantial herds of wildebeest are now coming in from Kusini direction, possibly Maswa woodlands and are presently spreading between the Hidden Valley, Miti Mitatu, the minor and big swamps coming towards the eastern Ndutu woodlands.
We even saw a few hundred gnus galloping towards Naibadad possibly to start filling the plains overlooking Ngorongoro highlands. We're also seeing big numbers of cheetahs (we saw, in three hours, three mothers all with between three to five cubs) and lots of lions.
We have had some movement but only in the Southern side of Serengeti. They are spreading even wider between Serengeti South airstrip and Kusini now than Ndutu.
Heavy rains in Central and South Serengeti have confused the wildebeests quite a bit and they seem quite happy to be in area with still plentiful lush green grass, seems that it is going to be a good calving season and it might come a little early.
Season’s greetings from us all at Coastal.
Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes,
A small update from here, seem to be getting some wide spread rain at last and reports coming in that the wildebeest and zebra are coming in long lines from Moru and Kusini to the plains around the marshes.
Woodlands around Frontier Forest full. Heading from Small Marsh plain to Triangle / Naabi Plain.
The signal has been pretty temperamental. Perhaps to do with the storms. We have just had another half an inch now. There is a large herd spread from us here in Kakessio north for about ten kilometers and along the Maswa tree line. Its a lot greener here.
South of Ndutu it remains partially dry and there are large herds of Zebra west of the tree line. The lush green area starts again at the Serengeti boundary as you head west towards Kusini. Large mixed herds here too. There are occasional sightings of foals on the plains, probably premature births. It wouldn't surprise me if we see the foals dropping in the next two weeks.
Some baby Zebra already up and running...
Heavy rain in the Southern Serengeti - Image by Alex Walker
Wildebeest in the Southern Serengeti - Image by Alex Walker
Cloudy Serengeti skies - Image by Alex Walker
Rain dripping from the tent roof - Image by Alex Walker
Now in Kakessio, having driven in from Arusha via the Crater rim and magical Mysigio. One of the must-do drives in Africa through the avenues of old growth Acacia Lahai… Scattered storms in the mid afternoon have been the current weather pattern over the past days.
Large storm clouds gathering around Oldeani and the Crater, drift west over the southern plains. Yesterday over the “Miti Mitato” area, today along the Maswa boundary road, there are reasonable herds spread out around Esere and Laetoli.
Smaller herds here in Kakessio but more on the horizon behind Kimuma. The masai are slowly drifting away from their summer pastures headed for the plateau behind us at Ngaireshi. Separately there are big herds on the plains west of Ndutu towards Kusini and the tree line there
Wildebeest on the Southern Plains - Image by Alex Walker
We got some coordinates of some of the big herds. They have been parading in the south parts of the Serengeti, between Ndutu and Kusini. And last week I had the opportunity to get up close, on ground.
I spent 24 hrs in the Serengeti and saw the big 5 (including 2 rhinos), cheetahs, the migration and tonnes of fantastic birds (4 lifers). I can, with the full conviction, say that this is the best place in the world to Safari.
Here are some pictures from the air. Have a fantastic day!
Wildebeest herds between Ndutu and Kusini - Image by Capt Joel
Herds in the Southern parts of the Serengeti - Image by Capt Joel
Just heard from Nomad guide Rowland Ngowi. The big herds of the migration are currently moving towards the Kusini woodlands and Kakesio, and there are some scattered herds around Ndutu and towards Mawe Ya Simba.
Due to customer demand and the great herd movements, Serengeti Balloon Safaris will be commencing balloon operations in Serengeti South earlier this year. We will be starting on 13th December (rather than the previously published 20th December).
We look forward to again providing guests from camps and lodges in Serengeti South and Ndutu areas with an unforgettable experience viewing the great migration and attendant predators from a unique perspective.
The wildebeest migration in Ndutu - Image by Tony Pascoe
Reports from the ground show that it's greening up quickly following last weeks big storms. The herds are spread through Kusini and Ndutu, the southernmost elements flooding into the plains south of mlima matiti.
In the Mara, the Loita herds are spread over the Mara North Conservancy and Ol Are Orok. Images to follow.
The rain here as usual is very localised. Nothing over the lodge for 10 days now, but big thunderstorms and rainfall over the marsh areas yesterday.
Wildebeest spreading out over Caracal plateau and slowly further out onto the plains. Woodlands quite full, and out on the triangle between here and Naabi. So many cheetah around. Guests are seeing upwards of 9 different sightings in a day.
Have a good day,
The wildebeest at Caracal Plateau - Video by Ainslie Wilson
As the migration heads south to Ndutu the big herds are presently around the Naabi and Gol kopjes areas with some scatterings in the Moru area also. The Makoma and Seronera area has plenty of resident game with some small groupings of wildebeest who look like they are making their way south at a slow pace.
Unfortunately no pics on this till our guides are out again.
Heavy rain through both Kusini, Makau and Kakessio yesterday. Reports of large herds near Naabi heading into Ndutu. still waiting on images we don’t have the internet set up in camp and the signal is poor today.
There have been large rains in the southern Serengeti. Big herds are wending their way through the treeline at Kusini, headed southwards towards the short grass plains north of our Serengeti South camp which is now established near Kakessio. Images to follow tomorrow.
There is rain most evenings in the central Serengeti and that is probably the reason the herds are fairly spread out and moving around aimlessly at present, we have fairly big herds moving through Moru and Makoma and our guides have seen them around Lake Magadi again heading back north towards Moru and Alan Root's camp area.
Lemala Ewanjan Head Guide
Fairly big herds moving through Moru and Makoma - Video by Ebenezer - Lemala Ewanjan
I went for a scout around this morning. The large numbers of wildebeest that were here in the marshes last week seem to have retreated, and remaining is just small groups of wildies and zebra and larger groups of gazelle. It is still bone dry out round Two Trees.
There is very little grass growing and still enormous groups of cattle in Long Gully and Marsh areas. Guests who have been here for the last 6 days have had amazing luck with cheetah - recording 21 different ones, many with small cubs.
The lions also are recovering some of the pre-dry season condition, thanks to the few wildebeest and zebra here.
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.
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.
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.
Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this philosophy, the camp operates “off-the-grid” and relies entirely on a custom-designed solar system for its power and the use of recycled and natural materials wherever possible. Inside the camp, bohemian chic sets the tone for cool relaxation, where spun natural fabrics, canvas, stone and raw leather blend with Maasai primary colours and elegant art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen. The functional East African design encourages guests to embrace the outdoors and connect with nature.
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.