July 2015 - Wildebeest migration updates

Beautiful nomads of the Serengeti

31 Jul 2015

Bumped into these 2 males close to Namiri Plains

- Video by Carel Verhoef

Hard work keeping up with the migration without HerdTracker!!

31 Jul 2015

These lions are finding it difficult to keep up with the wildebeest migration this year! "If only we had @HerdTracker, lets just rest a little!!!"

- Video by Carel Verhoef
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Rain at Kogatende

31 Jul 2015 from Lemala Camps

Good news for the Masai Mara, it rained at Kogatende too, so perhaps the herds will stay put and head north soon!

Miraji Gwau
Lemala Mara

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Rain at Pioneer Camp

Hi Carel,

No herds of zebra or wildebeest, but good general game viewing. Guest saw rhino yesterday.

Last night we received 12,5mm rain

Regards,
Tom
 

Burning in the central Serengeti and Kogatende

31 Jul 2015

TANAPA has burnt a few big areas in the central and Kogatende areas. This is the view behind Lemala Mara and in front of Nomad Lamai. 

- Video by Carel Verhoef

Rain at Makoma Hill

31 Jul 2015

It rained all night at Makoma Hill and it must have been widespread rain. I'll keep you updated on the whereabouts of the migration.

Carel,
HerdTracker

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Rain at Makoma Hill - Image by Carel Verhoef

Lots of rain in the Serengeti

30 Jul 2015

Lots of rain in the Serengeti, from Seronera to Lobo. How will this affect the herds progress to the Mara? It will certainly slow them down.

Carel,
HerdTracker

- Video by Carel Verhoef

Huge scattered herds between Bologonja and Mara River Serengeti side

30 Jul 2015

Hi

The herds returned from Lookout Hill back to the Serengeti and there are huge scattered herds between Bologonja and Mara River Serengeti side all along the Sand and Bologonja Rivers. All heading towards Kogatende.

Carel

- Video by Carel Verhoef
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Large herds moving from Lobo towards Kogatende

30 Jul 2015 from Tanganyika Flying Co.

Hi Carel,

Sorry about the late update. Saw several large herds yesterday morning moving from Lobo towards Kogatende. Most likely they will be arriving around Koga today. Looks like plenty more crossings to come.

Cheers,

Jarrod
TFC

Cheetahs having a field day north of the Mara River

29 Jul 2015

Hi

We spotted cheetah brothers having a field day north of the Mara River (Serengeti side) with +- 300,000 wildebeest to choose from!

Carel

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Cheetah watching wildebeest - Image by Carel Verhoef

Rain at the Mara River

29 Jul 2015

Hi

We've had some good rain at the Mara River yesterday afternoon, and we witnessed two good crossings. 

We hope that the water levels at the Mara River will increase a bit more.

Carel

- Video by Carel Verhoef
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Loita migration update

28 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel

Hundreds and hundreds of Loita/resident zebras enjoying the nutritious red oat grass at Topi Plains, meanwhile the Serengeti migration is all spread out near Talek River (central Mara).

There are no herds at Sand River or Look-out area.

Regards,
Onesmus

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Zebra on the Topi Plains - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Grumeti River crossings happening both ways

28 Jul 2015 from Tanganyika Flying Co.

300,000 or so wildebeest at the Grumeti airstrip western corridor with grass getting dry and depleted. Grumeti River crossings happening both ways.

The herds are heading north as we speak towards the Mara River.  A good few weeks ahead for crossings and a good August expected.

300,000 mega herd north of the Mara River

28 Jul 2015

Not much movement north of the Mara River with the +- 300 000 strong mega herd enjoying the wonderful grass on offer. 

At the Mara River, there is a buildup of herds at crossing points 4, 7 and 8 with herds undecided where to cross. We are expecting crossings during the afternoon today.

Carel

- Video by Carel Verhoef

Wildebeest migration north of the Mara River

27 Jul 2015

We spotted the wildebeest migration just north of the Mara River on the Tanzanian side, during a game drive in the Serengeti National Park.

- Video by Carel Verhoef

River crossings between the Mara River and the Masai Mara Kenyan Border - Western side

27 Jul 2015

This video was taken between the Mara River and the western side of the Kenyan border. 

- Video by Carel Verhoef

Migration gathering at the Mara River

25 Jul 2015

The herds building up at the Serengeti side of the Mara River, daily crossings are expected.

Carel Verhoef,
HerdTracker

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The herds at Kogatende, close to crossing point #5

25 Jul 2015

This picture was taken at the Kogatende ranger post / airstrip, close to crossing point #5, just west of Lemala Mara. 

We will hopefully have crossings later this afternoon.

Carel Verhoef
HerdTracker

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Wildebeest in Kogatende - Image by Carel Verhoef
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Migration update from Grumeti

25 Jul 2015 from andBeyond

The large splinter herds that are gathered in the Western Corridor are still grazing at Nyasirori, just east of andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. With numerous water sources and new vegetation in abundance, the wildebeest don’t appear to be leaving the area any time soon. They will eventually migrate northeast to the Mara River to reunite with the rest of the mega herd, but for now, the grazing conditions are too good to resist.

The herds have been observed drinking at the Grumeti River’s edge, as well as the Kanyanja River (in front of andBeyond Grumeti) and the Majimbele swamp. The predators continue to take full advantage, as the circle of life continues in the vast Serengeti. This beautiful lioness was seen carefully moving her tiny cubs into the thicket … an incredible sighting.

Images courtesy of andBeyond rangers Moses Mhina and Nadhir Waziri.

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Wildebeest in Grumeti - Image by Moses Mhina and Nadhir Waziri
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Lioness carries her cub - Image by Moses Mhina and Nadhir Waziri
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wildebeest-migration - Image by Moses Mhina and Nadhir Waziri
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Lions in Grumeti - Image by Moses Mhina and Nadhir Waziri
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Thousands of wildebeest crossed over into the Mara Triangle Conservancy

24 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel

Today we witnesses one of the biggest Mara River crossing, thousands of Gnus crossed over to the Mara Triangle Conservancy, clouds forming and soon we might get some rains which might stir things up.

Regards,
Ones
 

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Few wildebeest, scattered herds of zebra around Four Seasons

23 Jul 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel 

Just a few wildebeest around Four Seasons, but scattered herds of zebra have started amassing around the Lodge since the start of the week - feeding on the drying grass that is left over from when the wildebeest were here in June. 

Oli

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Wildebeest and zebra - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Zebra and wildebeest close to the Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Serengeti Mara River crossings at crossing point #6 and #8

23 Jul 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel

Mega crossings at 8 yesterday 6 today, I’ll let you know what goes on.

Cheers,
Alex
 

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River crossings at Lookout Hill

22 Jul 2015 from andBeyond

The first significant Mara River crossings happened close to andBeyond's Kichwa Tembo and Bateleur Camp. Rangers and guests all watched the incredible action with baited breath for a full hour.

The Kichwa team has been anticipating the arrival of the herds and even though they are fortunate enough to witness the incredible Great Migration every time it enters the Masai Mara, Assistant Head Ranger at Kichwa Tembo,Tim Kiok exclaimed, “The truth is, it felt as though it was my first time seeing the herds! I couldn’t believe they had finally arrived.”

The herds are slowly making their way north towards nyuma nane and the lookout hill is also teeming with wildebeest. 

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Tim Kiok
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River crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Tim Kiok
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Migration crossing the Mara River - Image by Tim Kiok
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andBeyond’s Migration round-up from the Grumeti and Mara Rivers Tanzania and Kenyan sides

22 Jul 2015 from andBeyond

Morning Carel, updates from our camps and lodges

Western Corridor

Over in the Western Corridor, the roaming herbivores are happily grazing the plains just to the east of andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp at Nyasirori. Large herds are being witnessed drinking from the Grumeti River, Kanyanja River and Majimbele Swamp. The Nyasirori plains are lush and green and there is a dam full of water, both of which are great indicators that the nomadic herds will likely stick around for a while.

Guests at andBeyond Grumeti have been having the most incredible sightings, not just of the wandering wildebeest, but also of the many predators that are taking full advantage of the abundance of prey.

Northern Serengeti

Further north, guests at andBeyond Klein’s Camp, as well as our two andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas semi-permanent camps (currently positioned at Kogatende), are also watching the drama unfold as the nail-biting Mara River crossings commence. The largest herd braved the crossing on Sunday.

One lucky wildebeest is counting its blessings (and bruises). En route from Lobo Airstrip to andBeyond Klein’s Camp, ranger Seleu Kedoki discovered approximately 700 wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River. While the guests were taking photos, the massive splinter group cut back and scampered away from the river’s edge. A leopard chose to take the “shooting fish in a barrel” approach and caught an unsuspecting wildebeest. 

There are still several thousand wildebeest stationed between the andBeyond Klein’s Camp private wildlife concession and Bologonja, which means there are many more exciting crossings to come in the next few weeks. As the crossings continue, our guests north of the border at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp and andBeyond Bateleur Camp are now seeing the enourmous herds on the horizon.

andBeyond

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Wildebeest migration - Image by andBeyond
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Wildebeest grazing - Image by andBeyond
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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by andBeyond
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Herds at the Mara River - Image by andBeyond
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Crocodile takes down wildebeest at the Mara River

22 Jul 2015 from Lemala Camps

Morning Carel

We have had regular crossings between points 1 and 4 and again from 7 to 9 over the last few weeks.

The herds seems to be able to cross easily over a Mara River that is fairly low and that is the reason why there are more smaller crossings. The crocs are not complaining.

Keep well,
Lemala Kuria Hills Guides

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- Video by Lemala Kuria Hills guides
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Mara River crossing Masai Mara side just across the border

21 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Morning Carel,

Today hundreds of gnus and zebras crossed Mara River from the Mara Reserve side to the Mara Triangle Conservancy side, more and more still crossing Sands River from Serengeti to Mara.

I'll keep you posted.

Onesmus

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Wonderful Mara River crossings at points 1 - 4

20 Jul 2015 from Lemala Camps

Morning Carel

Wonderful crossings last last few days infront of camp at crossing points 1 - 4, we are looking forward to your stay with us and it seems that you will be arriving at a wonderful time at Lemala Mara.  More herds on their way.

Veronica Otter, Lemala Camps

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- Video by Lemala Mara guide
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More herds cross the Sand and Mara Rivers into the Mara Triangle

20 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Morning Carel,

We witnessed thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebras crossing the Sand River from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara Reserve, some went ahead and crossed the Mara River near the look-out area and went to the Mara Triangle Conservancy.

Onesmus Irungu

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Migration crossing the Sand River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Crossings at # 3, infront of Lemala Mara

19 Jul 2015 from Lemala Camps

Morning Carel,

Here's a quick update with regards to what's happening in the north Serengeti. Guests at Lemala Mara are seeing numerous crossings taking place at crossing number 3 which can be seen from the lounge at the camp. The herds are increasing in size as time progresses but there is still evidence of groups as far south as Naabi Gate. 

We are happy that it is all action in the north though because it is for this very reason that many travelers come to this part of the Serengeti at this time of the year. 

All the best and have a good weekend.
Tom Yule

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Greg, Lemala Camps
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Mara River crossings close to Lemala Mara - Image by Greg, Lemala Camps
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Herds crossing the Mara River - Image by Greg, Lemala Camps
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Still lots of wildebeest along the Serengeti Mara border

18 Jul 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

Still lots of wildebeest along the border and small crossings throughout the day along the Sand River. Those wildebeest that have crossed are now gathering at Kifuka ya Topi and Lower Kigalia. Some are heading towards Lookout Hill and the Mara river so there might be some crossings next week there. Lots and lots of good grass throughout the Mara so the herds are generally moving slowly.

Thanks,
Mark

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Herds arrive in Kogatende

17 Jul 2015 from Wild Frontiers

Hi Carel,

As we speak the herds are starting to arrive with a bit more urgency, we are getting camp ready for guests and it seems to be all happening.  We'll keep you posted.

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

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Wildebeest in Kogatende - Image by Serengeti North Wilderness Camp
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Migration in the Kogatende area - Image by Serengeti North Wilderness Camp
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Herds arrive at the Kogatende area - Image by Serengeti North Wilderness Camp
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Wildebeest migration - Image by Serengeti North Wilderness Camp
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Wonderful images from Sand River Mara Camp, wonderful!

Hi Carel,

At least another 5,000 crossed the Sand River yesterday, and there are large numbers of wildebeest and zebra (at least 40,000) visible on the Serengeti side, most heading westwards parallel to the river, extending beyond Sala's Camp.

We should expect substantial numbers crossing in to the Masai Mara in the next few days. 

Regards,
Tim
 

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Wildebeest crossing the Sand River - Image by Tim Rowlandson
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Migration crossing the Sand River - Image by Tim Rowlandson
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Wildebeest gallops across the Sand River - Image by Tim Rowlandson
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Wildebeest and zebra crossing the Sand River - Image by Tim Rowlandson
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Herds close to the Sand River Mara Camp - Image by Tim Rowlandson
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Sala’s Camp view, no need to say more!

17 Jul 2015 from The Safari Collection

View today from the camp! 

Mark Boyd

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Dining area at Sala's Camp - Image by Mark Boyd
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The view from Sala's Camp - Image by Mark Boyd
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Western corridor herds arriving at Sasakwa and Sabora Plains

17 Jul 2015 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi Carel,

Forgive me if Ryan has already been in touch with you, but just an update:

Wildebeest in the hundreds of thousands on the Sasakwa Plains here at Singita Grumeti over the past few days. Still huge herds on Sasakwa Plains this morning, but lots of movement, but not quite sure what will the result will be as some seem to be moving east and then others west!

Will keep you updated. I have attached a few grainy iPhone photos as well.

Elizabeth Hamrick,
Singita Grumeti

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Wildebeest on the Sasakwa Plains - Image by Elizabeth Hamrick
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Western corridor herds arriving at Sasakwa - Image by Elizabeth Hamrick
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Migration at Singita Grumeti - Image by Elizabeth Hamrick
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Masai Mara update by Governor’s Camp

16 Jul 2015 from Governors' Camp

Hi Carel,

I understand that a large herd of wildebeest and some Zebra crossed the Sand River from the Tanzanian a few days ago, there are still good grass growth en-route so I presume still a few days away before we see them here. 

The resident movement have now reached the north east grasslands of Musiara, a few days ago there were many Zebra and a few Wildebeest within the Bila Shaka and Topi plains grasslands, although many mare were seen to have traveled last night.

Thanks,
Patrick
 

HerdTracker user, captures first Mara River crossing from Olakira Camp

16 Jul 2015

There were probably 20,000 to 30,000 in the Bologonja area broken into a few smaller groups heading straight towards the direction of Makutano and Crossing points #8 , #9 and #10 with more coming from the south. Not sure how many are there now.

When I was flying south to the Lobo airstrip on the 13th we saw pretty big herds on the way heading north. One of the guides just told me that yesterday there was a crossing of 6,000 wildebeests in the afternoon, so seems like a steady stream of crossings and you'll be there at the right time!

I miss the bush already and really hope to be back soon.

Thanks, happy HerdTracker user

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Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River - Image by HerdTracker user
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Mara River crossings at Kogatende on a regular basis now

16 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

There was one major crossing yesterday between points 7 and 8. Several thousand Gnu crossed. This was after that herd originally tried to cross at #7 but were spooked and raced off towards #8 .

At the moment there is a big herd holding just north of Sayari camp. Maybe these will cross over today 16th.

Cheers,
Roger,
Asilia Sayari Camp Manager

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Breaking news: First Mara River crossing (Serengeti side)

15 Jul 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel

20,000 crossing yesterday afternoon, waiting for the photos and will send them through!  You arriving with us at Lemala Mara and it seems that it is good timing!

Keep well,
Veronica

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Serengeti herds passing Elewana’s Migration Camp’s managers house

Hi Carel,

We've had many wildebeest pass Migration Camp with a huge crossing of the Grumeti River right infront of camp. As always, the video camera is not charged when they cross but I did manage to grab a few minutes of footage of them on the otherside of the river.

Lauren Mc Farlane,
Serengeti Migration Camp

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First small crossing of the Talek River, Masai Mara

15 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel

Today, our Rekero Camp guests were treated to the first Talek River crossing right in front of the camp just 50 meters from where the guests were enjoying their lunch, a small herd of around 20 wildebeests crossed over from the southern side heading north.

Keep well,
Onesmus Irungu,
Asilia Rekero Camp

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Migration crossing the Talek River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Sala’s Camp’s crossing on video and this is not the big crossing

15 Jul 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

After the big crossings of the last few days there are still plenty of wildebeest on  both sides of the border around Sala’s but spread out in groups of 5000-10,000 numbers rather than 1 big herd.  Lots of smaller crossings yesterday. Not as big as previous few days but plenty more to come.

Still lots of wildebeest on their way into Kenya and we could hear the buzzing of wildebeest all around the camp last night.

Cheers,

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Sala’s Camp’s update from yesterday, incredible numbers going past camp, heading north

14 Jul 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

If we thought yesterday was big, today was HUGE. There are big herds all along the border and they have been crossing the Sand River in front of Sala’s all day long.

The main crossing over the Sand River in the morning was something really special and I can still see streams of wildbeest and zebra running down the hill to cross as I write this afternoon. 

Photos attached and video to follow. 

Cheers,
Mark
 

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Massive herd crossing the Sand River - Image by Mark Boyd
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Zebra and wildebeest at the Sand River - Image by Mark Boyd
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Migration crossing the Sand River - Image by Mark Boyd
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Game drive through the migration - Image by Mark Boyd
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Wildebeest close to Sala's Camp - Image by Mark Boyd
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Migration in the Masai Mara - Image by Mark Boyd
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Into the Masai Mara, past Sala’s Camp and what a day it has been

13 Jul 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

For the past few days, huge herds of wildbeest and zebra have been massing outside Sala’s Camp on the border and today... in they came!! 

We had a steady six hour crossing of the Sand River next to the camp and there are never ending lines of wildebeest stretching back into Tanzania that just keep on coming. Lots have now crossed into the southern Masai Mara and this is the place to be.

The Sala’s Pride and their cubs are have a great time and we’re seeing some really great stuff. Pictures attached of the crossing and the view from our mess!

Mark Boyd,
Sala's Camp

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Wildebeest crossing the Sand River - Image by Mark Boyd
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Herds at the Sand River - Image by Mark Boyd
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Wildebeest in the Sand River - Image by Mark Boyd
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Wildebeest running up the Sand River bank - Image by Mark Boyd
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Zebra at the Sand River - Image by Mark Boyd
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The view from Sala's Camp - Image by Mark Boyd
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andBeyond update from Klein’s, Lobo and Grumeti areas

13 Jul 2015 from andBeyond

Morning Carel,

There has been yet another splitting of the herds, with mass gatherings of wildebeest still grazing in the north-eastern reaches of the Serengeti, while others have made their way to the Western Corridor.

There are approximately 10,000 wildebeest between Lobo and Bologonja, within very close range of andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas and andBeyond Klein’s Camp. These herds are slowly heading north towards the Mara River, where they will soon brave the world-famous, nail-biting Mara crossings. 

Over in the Western Corridor, the roaming herbivores have made it as far as the Masira and Kirawira Hills, mere metres away from andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. 

Images courtesy of andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp Ranger, Moses Mhina.

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Wildebeest grazing in the northeastern Serengeti - Image by Moses Mhina
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10,000 wildebeest between Lobo and Bologonja - Image by Moses Mhina
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Zebra close to Kirawira Hills - Image by Moses Mhina
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Herds close to the andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Camp - Image by Moses Mhina
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Main herds update, northern Serengeti

Hi Carel,

Good news! Several thousand wildebeest have crossed the Sand River about 4km downstream from Sand River Camp today.

Approx 10,000 are currently in the Hammerkop area between Keekorok and Talek, with even more zebra. Looks like the migration is now finally underway in the Mara.

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Loita herds update northern Masai Mara

13 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

Thousands of Loita/Resident herds of zebras,topi and wildebeest have filled the Topi Plains spreading all the way to Musiara Gate, Northern side of Rhino Ridge. Marsh Pride Lions having a big party. More on their way.

Onesmus Irungu,
Asilia Rekero Camp

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Zebra on the Topi Plains - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Wildebeest have filled the Topi Plains - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Western Serengeti update, Grumeti River

13 Jul 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Jambo Carel

Hope all is well!

Currently we are around the Serengeti western corridor, although the area looks dry but a herd of wildebeest migration are all scattered all over!

Starting from Musabi Plains heading towards Nyasirori Plains and some of them are already heading towards the Ikorongo area (Singita Grumeti Reserves area). Due to the current situation, the herds will leave the area soon since there's no water and grass and it looks dry.

Firoz,
Ranger Safaris Guide

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Herds in the western corridor - Image by Firoz, Ranger Safaris
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Migration heading towards the Singita Grumeti Reserves - Image by Firoz, Ranger Safaris
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Herds cross into the Mara once again

11 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel,

This evening at the Sand River, Mara/Serengeti border, over 100,000 wildebeests and zebras congregating on the Serengeti side. A few thousand have crossed over and are now feeding at Hammerkop area in Mara Reserve.

Meanwhile, the Loita herds are now at Topi Plains area which is few kilometers North East of Rekero Camp

Regards,
Onesmus
 

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Wildebeest at the Mara/Serengeti border - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Three main herds throughout the Serengeti with smaller herds scattered throughout Sero

09 Jul 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel,

We have spotted a few different herds around the Serengeti. The leading herd went far up north almost to the river and seemingly turned back.

They were 5nm north of Lobo yesterday. There are still some herds in the western corridor just east of the Grumeti airstrip. And lastly, a small herd just north of the Seronera airstrip, but mostly zebras.

Thanks and Regards,
Captain Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation,
Arusha
 

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Western herds at Kirawira Hills, just south of the Grumeti River

07 Jul 2015 from andBeyond

Dear Carel,

Sorry for the delayed reply. We have quite a good group of migration not far from the camp. It’s about 6 to 7 kms away from the camp at Kirawira Hills (south-east of the camp).

The wildebeest photos you see were taken yesterday and some on 3rd July, but the wild dogs pictures were taken on the 22nd June by our ranger Moses Mhina. I will update you as they move in.

Thanks,
Mussa

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Wild dogs - Image by Moses Mhina
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Wildebeest migration - Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
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Western herds at Kirawira Hills - Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
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Wild dogs in Grumeti - Image by Moses Mhina
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Wild dogs hunting in the Serengeti - Image by Moses Mhina
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Wild dogs close to andBeyond's Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp - Image by Moses Mhina
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Wild dogs close to the Grumeti River - Image by Moses Mhina
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Migration close to andBeyond's Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp - Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
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Wildebeest are south of the Grumeti River - Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
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Wildebeest in the Serengeti - Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
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Wildebeest close to Kirawira Hills - Image by Sam Grumeti Serengeti
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Masai Mara update - they are still on the Serengeti side for now . . .

07 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel,

On our side – Rekero – the wildebeest went back to Tanzania. Yesterday some guests went to the Sand River and found none they could only see them from far across the border.

But they spotted some Loita migration at the Topi plains this morning, so very happy!

Kind Regards,

Mariana Kathini - Rekero Camp Manageress 

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The southern herds arrive at the Grumeti River looking for somewhere to cross

07 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

A big herd is in western corridor now just infront of our camp. They are struggling to find a crossing point now to other side of the Grumeti River because the water levels are high, the crocodiles have been waiting for years for this!

Attached is some photo and video footage.

Regards,
David

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Big herd in western corridor - Image by David Ubuntu Camp
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Southern herds arrive at the Grumeti River - Image by David Ubuntu Camp
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Wildebeest migration close to the Grumeti River - Image by David Ubuntu Camp
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Herds are looking for a crossing point - Image by David Ubuntu Camp
- Video by David Ubuntu Camp
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More zebra heading north past Moru Kopjes

Dear Carel

An update on the migration - plenty of Zebra!! Around 3000 zebra in the Sero area.

From the Pioneer / Sopa Junction to the Junction of Sero Road and Lake Magadi and the Main Road to Sero - around 5000 plus Zebra. This morning nothing, this afternoon just grazing, so no movement in direction.

Will keep you updated.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Zebra join the Lobo wildebeest, herds slowly moving towards the Mara River

06 Jul 2015 from Intimate Places Tanzania

Dear Carel,

I hope this e-mail finds you well.

Yesterday morning Marc was driving from Lobo Airstrip to Buffalo Luxury Camp and found the migration has moved closer to the camp. Lots of zebra joining the wildebeest from the south and zebra river crossings are always special to see!

Thank you and kind regards,
Nicholas Lawson

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Zebra joining the Lobo wildebeest - Image by Marc Lawson
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Zebra in Lobo - Image by Marc Lawson
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Southern herds spread out and the northern herds still south of the Sand River

03 Jul 2015 from Grumeti Expeditions

Hi Carel,

Quick update. Wildebeest herds continue to pour onto the plains east of Bolagonja and Nyamalumba areas in the Northern Serengeti. We're hoping to start seeing the crossings not too long from now. Large herds of zebra are still being seen around Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp in central Serengeti.

Keep well
Tom Yule,
Grumeti Expeditions

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The northern herds are south of the Sand River - Image by Tom Yule
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Zebra close to the Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp - Image by Tom Yule
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Grumeti River crossing at Migration Camp - upstream from the western corridor

Hi Carel,

Yes I'm back, we had a major crossing in front of Migration Camp a few days ago for about an hour or two. River was full so major amount of carcasses around, vulture, marabou stock etc.

I'll check with by Guides later for you as well.

Regards,
Ryan
 

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Aerial round-up from Capt Joel from Coastal Aviation

02 Jul 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel,

Sorry I’ve been aloof for a while. Just busy catching up with the season. The migration is mostly in the Northern Serengeti about 5nm south south east of the Lobo airstrip. There are a few smaller herds scattered around the Seronera area with thousands of Zebras joining in on the east side of the airstrip.

There seems to be a North bound pattern to all but they don’t seem to be in a rush.

Thanks and Regards,

Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation,
Arusha

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Southern herds moving past Moru and Lake Magadi

01 Jul 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hello Carel,

This morning we woke up and found wildebeest all around the lounge… we couldn’t count them... but all moving north.

I will keep you updated!

Thanks,
Angel,
Dunia Camp

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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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.

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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

per person per night

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

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.