November 2014 - Wildebeest migration updates

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I haven’t experienced such large concentration of wildebeest for a very long time

28 Nov 2014 from Nomad Tanzania

I am in Moru as I post this. I haven't experienced such large concentration of wildebeest for a very long time. The whole area from Lake Magadi towards Olbaye hills along River Mbalageti, facing Nyaruboro hills (facing West of Moru kopjes) is covered with wildebeest parked shoulder to shoulder. I think the majority of the millions of these migratory creatures seem to be around here! Emmanuel Njawa, Nomad Guide. Attached image of our resident lion

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The resident lion close to Nomad's Serengeti Safari Camp - Image by John Corse
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Lots of predator interaction

28 Nov 2014 from Asilia Africa

Morning Carel, this was around Ngong Hill (Masai Musical rock) Moru Kopjes and more on its way so an incredible sight. Lots of predator interaction and our guests are having a wonderful time. I will let you know what the movement is today but i think they will be here for a while. Keep well Hamza Visram Dunia Camp head-guide

The wildebeest migration close to Ngong Hill - Video by Hamza Visram - Head guide - Asilia Africa Dunia Camp
The wildebeest migration close to Ngong Hill - Video by Hamza Visram - Head guide - Asilia Africa Dunia Camp
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Herds are coming back from the southern plains towards Moru Kopjes

27 Nov 2014 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel, Hope you are well, the video was this morning, this herds are coming back from the southern plains towards Moru Kopjes close "Jiwe la Chapati", the Kusini side has dried up a little so some of the herds are moving east and others south towards Ndutu marsh areas. More herds are close to Naabi Gate! Regards Hamza.

Wildebeest herds heading towards the Moru Kopjes - Video by Hamza Visram - Dunia Camp head-guide - Asilia Africa
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Migration update from the Ndutu Safari Lodge

27 Nov 2014 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Good Morning Carel Umelala salaama? Hope so! Attached are a few photos I took the other day. Not completely hot off the press but it's still the same out there. Hope they will do. Have a good day. Ainslie

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Wildebeest and Zebra close to the Ndutu Safari Lodge - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Wildebeest lingering around a waterhole - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Close up of the migration near the Ndutu Safari Lodge - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Wildebeest grazing around a waterhole - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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The herds gathering close to the Ndutu Safari Lodge - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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The main herds are already at Moru plains

26 Nov 2014 from Asilia Africa

Morning Carel, the main herds are already at Moru plains and between Kusini and Ndutu as you know, we still have some of the herds moving past camp, so there is a good move to the south now. I will let you know what we bump into today, will be heading a little further south-west towards Kusini today. Keep well Hamza Visram - Dunia Camp Head Guide

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Wildebeest migration close to Dunia Camp - Image by Hamza Visram
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Some of the herds moving past Dunia Camp - Image by Hamza Visram
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The migration is between Kusini and Ndutu - Image by Hamza Visram
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Hundreds of wildebeest gathering near the Dunia Camp - Image by Hamza Visram
The migration at Moru plains and between Kusini and Ndutu - Video by Hamza Visram - Dunia Camp Head Guide
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Rain has sparked urgency towards the south

25 Nov 2014 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel The rain from the last few days have sparked some urgency towards the south, instead of the traditional south-eastern Serengeti plains does it seem that there is a movement towards the south-west, there are some arriving at our camp at Ndutu with some good rain there too. We still have some herds moving past Ewanjan from Seronera so it seems that the movement for now is towards Kusini and Ndutu areas. Video to follow, keep well Ebenezer Lemala Ewanjan

Migration moving towards the southern plains - Video by Ebenezer - Lemala Ewanjan
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Scattered herds around the Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Hi Carel Last night 10mm of rain, scattered herds around Serengeti Pioneer Camp. Moru area - Chipati Mawe large herds moving in the direction of Kusini - approx 1000 plus of wildebeest. Approx 200 buffalo and 20 eland in the same area. Kind Regards Alison

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Migration close to the Serengeti Pioneer Camp - Image by Alison Mees
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Herds spread out through both Big Marsh and Small Marsh at Ndutu today

24 Nov 2014 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel Update from Ndutu: A sizeable group of wildebeest and zebra spread out through both Big Marsh and Small Marsh at Ndutu today. Reports of long lines coming in from Kusini and large numbers out on the triangle. Cheers Ainslie

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The migratory herds in Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Wildebeest moving through Moru towards the south

23 Nov 2014 from Asilia Africa

Morning Carel Some wildebeest moving through Moru and onwards towards the south, seems that there is some urgency and there must have been some rain towards Maswa and Ndutu. Regards Angel - Dunia Camp

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Wildebeest migration in Moru - Image by Asilia Africa
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Wildebeest continue to walk past Serengeti Pioneer Camp to Moru

Hi Carel We have rain in the afternoons and evenings. Yesterday we had 15mm of rain in late afternoon/evening. Wildebeest continue to walk past Serengeti Pioneer Camp to Moru area. Guides have also reported that the migration has been seen on the Sopa / Lake Magadi junction road, many zebra on the Sopa Road. Also large herds of wildebeest at Maswa. Kind Regards, Alison

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More rain might trigger a move

21 Nov 2014 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel, I am back yes, nothing much to report migration wise but we did have 36mm of rain overnight, lets see if there is more, I don't think it is enough for any significant change but with more rain there might be an early move down to us. Keep well, Ainslie

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Good numbers of wildebeest and zebra in Seronera

19 Nov 2014 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Morning Carel, we had a beautiful flight this morning with good numbers of wildebeest and zebra in the Seronera area. We flew for 1.1hr over the Seronera Valley, passing Makoma Hill and into Sopa Valley with a gentle drag landing. The animal viewing was spectacular with mass numbers of wildebeest/zebra, many hyena, jackals, bat eared fox, gazelle, hartebeest, impala, kori bustard and lots of vultures. We had breakfast at River Tree and all passengers very happy (see video) Capt. Moses Msuya

Wildebeest migration in Seronera - Video by Amanda Strowbridge
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Migratory herds moving towards the southern plains

18 Nov 2014 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Morning Carel, we had a wonderful flight this morning with two balloons out of Seronera, we flew 31 pax at 5 kts. The low level winds took us down the river for a beautiful river run and good steering ability, one balloon landing at Water Pump and the other at Tree 1, we witnessed some of the migratory herds as they were moving towards the southern plains (See video) and after the main road while flying along the long grass and river we found few Impala, Giraffe, a Cheetah hunting, and at least 20 lion. We had breakfast at Tree 1 and all passengers very happy. Capt. Moses Msuya

Ballooning over the migration in Seronera - Video by Amanda Strowbridge

Early arrival in the Serengeti South expected

18 Nov 2014

Hi there - just an update so that you can plan your safari during December and January, there is a definite indication that the herds are moving towards the southern Serengeti plains a little early this year, the traditional "calving" time would be February at lakes Ndutu and Masek and or plains around Naabi, Matiti Hill, Ndutu, Gol Kopjes and towards Kusini and Maswa to the west. It seems that the herds should arrive at Kusini, Matiti and or Ndutu during December and if we have some rain they should stay there for a while until they drop their calves and foal anytime from mid January to mid March. So have a look at what rooms are available at Ndutu / Naabi / Masek and or Kusini so that you can grab rooms. February at Ndutu should already be fully booked in anticipation of the calving that takes place so it would be hard to find space. Keep well Carel

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Wildebeest in Ndutu - Image by Ndutu Safari Lodge
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Herds are between Moru and Naabi Gate

18 Nov 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel We can confirm that the herds are between Moru and Naabi gate. In terms of airstrips, it's 5nm east of Serengeti South and 5nm west of Ndutu. Just grazing in the area. The rains have been plentiful and the grass is green everywhere. Still no photos that are worth sharing. Thanks and Regards, Joel

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It’s starting to get pretty dry in Seronera

18 Nov 2014 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Morning Carel I was in Seronera a few days ago and it's starting to get pretty dry. There were a few small pockets of wildebeest, but also large numbers of zebra and also quite a few large groups of Thomson's gazelle - as well as three different groups of lions - each with quite young cubs and each with a wildebeest kill! Cheers Oli

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The migratory animals in Seronera - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Rain and zebra all over

17 Nov 2014 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel, Yes – we had rain on Monday 28mm . Zebra around all over, Thanks Angel

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Herds in the Moru Kopjes area

17 Nov 2014 from Lemala Camps

Morning Carel, big herds of zebra and wildebeest are still being seen around the Moru Kopjes area as well as Ikoma Gate and central Serengeti. A few days ago, a pack of 15 wild dogs was seen 2 kilometers from Lemala Ewanjan which is situated at Makoma Hill in central Serengeti. Herds of wildebeest and zebra are still being seen around Lemala Ewanjan and last night, lions killed a wildebeest next to tent number 9. Keep well Tom

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Migratory herds close to the Moru Kopjes - Image by Tom Yule - Lemala Camps
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Wild dogs close to Lemala Ewanjan - Image by Tom Yule - Lemala Camps
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Pack of wild dogs at Lemala Ewanjan - Image by Tom Yule - Lemala Camps
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Wildebeest have left to south of Serengeti

17 Nov 2014 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel, Hope you are doing fine, Right now the wildebeest have left to South of Serengeti. Only some zebra left behind, We will keep on updating you what is going on over here, Thanks and good night Angel

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Migration is between Central Seronera and Moru

13 Nov 2014 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel, from Ebenezer at Lemala Ewanjan - "This week has been attractive between central Serengeti and Moru area wonderful sightings have be seen with the client who stay at our camp. The big head of migration is between central Seronera and Moru area, but we still have some wildebeest and zebra around camp here at Makoma Hill. Lots of lion, leopard and cheetah making the most of it" - keep well, Veronica.

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Lion pride close to Lemala Ewanjan - Image by Ebenezer - Lemala Ewanjan
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Leopard making its way through a tree - Image by Ebenezer - Lemala Ewanjan
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The herds are between Central Seronera and Moru - Image by Ebenezer - Lemala Ewanjan
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Wildebeest are moving through to Moru

Dear Carel We have a few wildebeest around!! No rain - last rain was on the 7th November 2 mm. Starting to look dry this side. Wildebeest are moving through to Moru area, we have a small herd around Pioneer Camp. Last couple of nights lions walking through camp, chasing the wildebeest but no successful hunt. I have attached a photo taken around the Moru area. Kind Regards Alison

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Great migration in the Central Serengeti - Image by Alison Mees
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Loita migration is still around

11 Nov 2014 from Governors' Camp

Morning Carel, just an update on the Loita migration that is still around, the grazing towards the east of the Mara and Loita hills are thinned out and some of the Loita herds are still with us, good numbers on Paradise Plains and one or two small crossing at the main crossing point down stream from camp. Patrick captured this Zebra not making the crossing and the herds at Paradise plains. Keep well Ariana

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Crocodile takes down zebra - Image by Patrick Reynolds
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The Loita migration east of Rhino Ridge - Image by Patrick Reynolds
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Migration is right at the front door of Dunia Camp

11 Nov 2014 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel, the herds are scattered all over the place due to the rains, they are stretching a few miles south of the Ndutu area all the way north towards Seronera. The majority of the herds are centered around the Moru area and right now the migration is right at the front door of Dunia Camp with the herds making lots of noise at night whilst passing through. There are also a few groups that are heading towards the southern Serengeti. Keep well Japhet Matiko Asilia Guide

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The wildebeest herds in front of the Dunia Camp - Image by Japhet Matiko
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The view of the wildebeest migration from Dunia Camp - Image by Japhet Matiko
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The migrating wildebeest at Dunia Camp - Image by Japhet Matiko
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Herds along the Ikoma Circuit

11 Nov 2014 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel no rain here for a week or two now and the grass around Four Seasons is starting to turn yellow. There are however still scattered herds around and the whole way along the Ikoma Circuit and our access road we are still driving through wildebeest - plus some very well fed lions! The dry weather has brought loads of elephants to our waterhole too - we had over 100 visit yesterday and have had a constant stream come to drink and swim this morning too. It's heating up, so hopefully we will get more rain soon though. I thought I would share this full moon photo with you, that was taken near the Lodge the other night by photographer Rick Collins. Cheers Oli

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Wildebeest underneath the full moon at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge - Image by Rick Collins
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Wildebeest and zebra everywhere…

Dear Carel Yesterday wildebeest and zebra everywhere... from the main junction Sero - Sopa to Lake Magadi, past Dunia Camp, Serengeti Pioneer Camp, the mass herds are around Moru. Small rain shower this afternoon. Large herd of buffalo - approx 400 around the road junction of Lake Magadi / Sopa / Sero. Today Wildebeest in Pioneer Camp, approx herd of 150. Scattered herds around Dunia and Pioneer Camp, main herds Moru area. Kind Regards Alison Mees

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Herds are quite scattered at the moment

09 Nov 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel, I just landed at Seronera airstrip and the herds are quite scattered at the moment with the rains, stretching few miles south of Ndutu all the way back just north of Seronera with a few small herds. The rains have cleaned up the skies pretty good and with visibility at crystal clear, the landscape is looking fantastic. It also means its a little windy right from the start of the day, putting us to work for a change. Photos, I’ll hopefully get some in the next couple of days. Keep well Joel

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Herds are quite scattered

07 Nov 2014 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel, Scattered showers only in the last week or so around Ndutu. As a result the herds are quite scattered. Some are down towards Moru and occasional small groups wander through heading south and west. Plenty of gazelles on the plains around the Ndutu Woodlands and so cheetah action has been superb. I am heading off tomorrow and Ainslie will be back on or around 20th November. Thanks Carel Rob Barbour Relief Manager Ndutu

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Quite a day!

05 Nov 2014 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel The group we have staying at the Lodge in at the moment had a wonderful day yesterday; they few over huge herds on their balloon flight first thing in the morning. Then thousands of zebra around Seronera on the drive back and in the afternoon they drove along the Ikoma Circuit, close to Four Seasons Safari Lodge, and for 20 minutes drove through scattered herds of grazing wildebeest. Quite a day! Oli

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Scattered herds of grazing wildebeest - Image by Oliver Dreike - Four Seasons
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Guests have experienced great sightings of the migration

05 Nov 2014 from Lemala Camps

Morning Carel, guests have experienced great sightings of the migration all around Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp this past week. Good rains have fallen in the area which has attracted large herds of zebra and wildebeest. The animals come right into the camp at night and can be seen all around the tents which the guests have loved. Lots of rain all round so the march to Ndutu will probably slow down a little, our camp goes up at Ndutu early December. Keep well Ebenezer - Lemala Ewanjan

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Wildebeest herds around the Lemala Ewanjan Camp - Image by Ebenezer, Lemala Ewanjan
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1000-1500 wildebeest and zebra in camp

Dear Carel All is well at SPC. This morning at Pioneer Camp we had approx 1000-1500 wildebeest and zebra in camp. Along our access road, and around some of the tents. By the afternoon they had moved through the camp and were heading to Moru Kopjes area, leaving a few wildebeest and Zebra in the woodland area of camp. Kind Regards Alison

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Zebra close to Serengeti Pioneer Camp - Image by Alison - Elewana
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Zebra and wildebeest grazing - Image by Alison - Elewana
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Wildebeest along the Pioneer Camp Road - Image by Alison - Elewana
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Migratory animals at the Serengeti Pioneer Camp - Image by Alison - Elewana

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

per person per night

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. 

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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.