January 2014 - Wildebeest migration updates

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First of the herds have arrived

25 Jan 2014 from Godfrey Kimaro

We just noticed this morning that the first njumbu arrived at the ranger post and I have sent scouts to track the lion pride so they will give me an update a little later but just so that you know that again 1 week since good rain and the first of the herds have arrived, the main herds are still towards Goll and Naabi. Will see your guide here tomorrow, thanks Godfrey

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Found the herds 48km down the Maasai Kopjes road

19 Jan 2014 from Mashine

Just a quick update, I am with Robert and Angela and we just found the herds 48km down the Masai kopjes road towards Goll, so happy to have driven this far, clients are happy, so 2 hours south east of the main turnoff, I will give you an update in distance and time from Naabi a bit later when we go that way. Wageni are happy!

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Front-end is just east of Seronera

09 Jan 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

I flew from Seronera to Lobo today and the front-end of the migration is just east of Seronera at S 02 22 E 35 03 , the backend is all the way towards Lobo but moving down fairly consistently, I will send you some pictures when I have landed.

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Should be at Ndutu in a week or two

07 Jan 2014 from Mashine

I have just found the herds as they are starting to move down from Mbuze Mawe to Masai hills, and they are moving fast, I spent the night at Mbuze Mawe and drove south and found them at Turner Spring this morning not far from the public campsites and the research center. At this pace they should be at Ndutu in a week or two.

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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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.

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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.

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Camp Zebra

$ 495

per person per night

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

Camp Zebra consists of six 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.

Camp Zebra is Serengeti camping at its finest. The mobile nature of the camp makes it easy to follow the wildebeest herds as they complete their long journey, ensuring the best wildlife sightings during the incredible Great Migration in Tanzania. See our HerdTracker app for the latest migration updates. 

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Woodlands Camp

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.

Game Drive at Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park

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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.