May 2014 - Wildebeest migration updates

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The rut has already started

30 May 2014 from Lemala Camps

This is only a small fore front of the migration. They are currently in the area of the confluence of the Bologanja and Mara Rivers in a place we call Makotano. There are calves with them which is how we know its the migration and the rut has already started. Usually the rut starts around end of June but they are getting going early this year. There are also quite a few zebras with them. We believe the main body is still to come. Kind Regards Mark - Lemala Kuria Hills

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Zebra at the confluence of the Bologonja and Mara River - Image by Mark Stroud
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Few hundred Zebra crossed the Mara River

29 May 2014 from Lemala Camps

The first of the crossings have started today, a herd of a few hundred Zebra crossed the Mara River this morning and the wildebeest are slowly catching up, lots of action expected over the next few weeks / months. very little rain in the Mara this year so there will certainly not be enough grass on the Kenyan side so we are expecting crossings back and forth this year! Thanks Mark - Lemala Kuria Hills

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Slowly heading north

28 May 2014 from Lemala Camps

James is at Kuria Hills and says the wildebeest "advant guarde" has arrived in the north +- 30km south of Kuria Hills Northern Serengeti, just south of the Mara River.

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The wildebeest migration has arrived in the north - Image by James Haigh
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Front part of the migration spotted

26 May 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Good Morning The front part of the migration spotted between 3 NM NE of Fort Ikoma, all the way to about 5 NM E of Sasakwa. As one big herd.... Really Amazing today.‎ No pictures yet unfortunately! Joel

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The migration seems to be moving quick!

21 May 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel, the migration seems to be moving quick! They are in and around the Sasakwa airstrip up to 5 miles to the NE roughly in the direction of the Fort Ikoma airstrip. ‎Attached are some of the pics from the air and the ground. Thanks and Regards, Captain Joel

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The wildebeest migration is moving quick - Image by Captain Joel J Fernandes
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Expect early river crossings this year!

20 May 2014 from Lemala Camps

Hi Guys Just to give you an update. The one split of the migration is now around the Lobo area and some of the groups are already reaching Bolagonja. The other big herds are still around the Grumeti River and Sasakwa areas. Expect early river crossings this year! Best wishes Tom

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Wildebeest between Sasakwa and Grumeti River

19 May 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Quick Update as a side note. Today 2 big herds of wildebeest between Sasakwa and Grumeti River 1) Migration herd spotted starting 5 miles SW of Sasakwa airstrip right on the boundary between Grumeti reserve and Serengeti heading SW towards Grumeti, arriving soon. 2)The main migration herd spotted between 5 miles NW of Grumeti airstrip, all the way to 10 miles W-SW of Grumeti airstrip. Very spread out and seems they are stationary. Joel

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Main herd is between Singita’s Sasakwa and the Grumeti River

16 May 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hey Carel We are getting ready for peak season and our planes are in tip-top shape, it is going to be a busy season it seems! So the main herd is now between Singita's Sasakwa and the Grumeti River still moving North Westerly. I suspect in a couple of days they will be making a turn to the North East. Thanks and Regards, Joel

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Herds are still around the Grumeti River

15 May 2014 from Lemala Camps

Just out of the Serengeti and the herds are still around the Grumeti River and around the Lemala Grumeti camp which is close to the Grumeti Airstrip, your clients are happy, they will send you some images! Regards Tom

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Wildebeest herds are between Mbalageti and Kirawira

13 May 2014 from Lemala Camps

Hi, Korduni, one of our managers at our Lemala Explorer Camp in the Grumeti (formerly Kigelia) area says the wildebeest herds are between Mbalageti and Kirawira in the Western Corridor at the moment.

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Wildebeest and zebra around the Nyasirori area

08 May 2014 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel There is a mass of wildebeest and zebra around the Nyasirori area at the Western Corridor seen ten minutes ago by our camp manager from Lemala Explorer Grumeti Camp (formerly Kigelia). They seem to be a little early and if no more rain towards the south-east to turn them around again then we could expect early Mara River crossings this year again, June crossings could even be possible. Regards Tom

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migration is moving in a North Westerly direction

05 May 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

We got some low quality photos from the air this morning. Currently the migration is moving in a North Westerly direction and is slightly south of due west from Seronera, spanning between 10 and 20 miles from the airstrip.‎ The pilot didn't get a comprehensive look but says the front-end should soon be on the edge of Singita Grumeti Reserves in a few days from now. So they seem to be on the move and slightly early again this year. Thanks and Regards, Joel

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The wildebeest migration is moving in a north westerly direction - Image by Captain Joel J Fernandes

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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Woodlands Camp

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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.

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Chaka Camp

279

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Chaka Camp, is a mobile Serengeti safari camp designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally, is located in the Ndutu area from December through March. The camp relocates to Western Serengeti from May through June, and again to Northern Serengeti from July through November.

From December through March, the wildebeest migration moves in and out of the Ndutu area. Ndutu is located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, just south of Serengeti National Park. Chaka Camp’s location provides easy access to prime game viewing areas around Lakes Ndutu and Masek. In addition to the almost two million wildebeest and zebra that move through the area each year, Ndutu is home to cheetah, lion, giraffe and hundreds of bird species. During February’s calving season, the wildebeest give birth to 8,000 babies a day.

From May through June, Chaka Camp relocates to Western Serengeti. The wildebeest migration is generally in this area during this time, and crossings over the Grumeti River are sometimes seen in this area. Access to Central Serengeti is also possible from this area as the drive is only two hours.

From July through November, Chaka Camp is located in Northern Serengeti. The camp is close to the Mara River, allowing easy access to several river crossing points in the area. During this time of year, the wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River back and forth from Tanzania to Kenya. River crossings are common with crocodiles, hippos and large cats scattered throughout the area.

Follow the link the see the best time to visit Serengeti or visit our HerdTracker app. 

The dining area at Olakira, Tanzania

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Olakira Mobile Camp

$ 759

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Like the wildebeest that are the stars of the Serengeti Annual Migration, the Olakira camp is a wanderer; a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, forever following the herds to ensure you have a front-row seat to the greatest show on earth.

Fine linens, finer dining and a touch of nomadic romance are the hallmarks of this authentic East African safari camp. Whether it’s at the river crossings of the northern Serengeti, the breath-taking scenery of the Lamai Wedge, or on the great grassy plains of the south, the intimate Olakira camp ensures the best of the Serengeti is always right on your doorstep.

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Ndutu Wilderness Camp

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December to March typically coincides with ‘calving season’ in the Serengeti and Ndutu Wilderness Camp is ideally located so visitors can view this spectacle. Nestled under shady trees, on the Ndutu plains, this camp allows guests to enjoy the wealth of wildlife that has made these sun-soaked plains so renowned.

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Camp Zebra

$ 495

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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.