June 2015 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Herds between Klein’s Camp and Lobo hill

30 Jun 2015 from Intimate Places Tanzania

Dear Carel,

Nice to hear from you! I drove back from Kleins Serengeti on Sunday and found this herd of about 100,000 animals close-by Lobo.

Kind regards,
Marc

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Herds are close to Lobo - Image by Marc Lawson
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Herds back at Lobo, Klein’s concession and Bologonja with movement towards the east

30 Jun 2015 from andBeyond

Hi Carel,

The inconceivably immense mega herd has officially made its way just south of the Serengeti/Mara border. Wildebeest and zebra in the hundreds of thousands are currently stationed around Bologonja and the Nyamalumbwa Hills, within close range of &Beyond Klein’s Camp and Kogatende, where andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas is now positioned.

FANTASTIC news for our guests in Kenya, there are already some smaller splinter herds being reported by our rangers across the border in the Masai Mara. Our Kichwa team has observed large herds at a reasonable distance and they expect that guests will be able to witness the huge herds in the Mara within the next week or two

Wildebeest images courtesy of andBeyond Klein’s Camp Ranger Karipoi Ngaiseri.
Zebra images courtesy of andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Head Ranger Joseph Kima

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Zebra and Thomson's gazelle - Image by Joseph Kima
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Herds are back at Lobo - Image by Karipoi Ngaiseri
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Wildebeest migration - Image by Karipoi Ngaiseri
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Wildebeest around Bologonja and Nyamalumbwa Hills - Image by Karipoi Ngaiseri
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Zebra and Thomson's gazelle grazing - Image by Joseph Kima
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Zebra - Image by Joseph Kima
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Moru herds also turning to the north

Dear Carel,

An update from this morning, scattered herds of wildebeest and zebra from Alan Root sign - Serengeti Pioneer Camp to the junction with the Sopa Road. Large herd of wildebeest south/east Lake Magadi, heading Moru / Lake direction.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Central herds on the move as it gets dryer at Seronera

29 Jun 2015 from Grumeti Expeditions

Hi Carel,

Whilst the migration is heading north there are still some big herds in central Serengeti which can be seen to be heading in the general direction of Lobo. Guests were able to enjoy one such herd as they continued on their journeys!

Warm regards,
Adam,
Grumeti Expeditions
 

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Breaking news - Mara River crossings at 8 and 9

27 Jun 2015 from Lemala Camps

Morning Carel,

Big herds of zebra and wildebeest of over 2 thousand and more have arrived in the North Serengeti and started crossing the Mara river near Bolagonja at crossing points 8 and 9 on their annual trek to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

The arrival of the animals at Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge and Lemala Mara Tented Camp is imminent. Large herds are still on their way from central Serengeti and Lobo.

We are looking forward to an action packed season in the north. 

All the best to you,
Tom Yule

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Tom Yule
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Huge herds at Nyamalumbwa Plains and Bologonja with something very special to top it off

26 Jun 2015 from andBeyond

Hi Carel

A massive gathering of more than 400 000 wildebeest (interspersed with striking dazzles of zebra) 2 km north of the Nyamalumbwa Plains open area.

Most of the wildebeest were 7 km south of the Mara River, while 10 000 were already grazing the river’s edge, wonderful rhino sighting too just to top it off.

Regards,
Claire,
andBeyond

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More than 400 000 wildebeest north of Nyamalumbwa Plains - Image by Massay Lasaro
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Wonderful rhino sighting - Image by Massay Lasaro
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Rhino - Image by Massay Lasaro
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Huge herds at Nyamalumbwa Plains - Image by Massay Lasaro
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Central Serengeti herds moving north past Four Seasons

26 Jun 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Morning Carel 

I drove through several scattered, but large, herds of zebra and wildebeest between Seronera and Banagi yesterday. Some feeding and others on the move. Then last night we could hear wildebeest all around the Lodge, but this morning they seem to have moved on - will let you know if our guides have any updates. 

Oli

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Herds in the central Serengeti - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Zebra between Seronera and Banagi - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Is that Conrad the Tweeting Wildebeest? - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Wildebeest migration close to the Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Southern herds slowly heading north past Mkoma Hill

26 Jun 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel

We still seeing some big herds in the Mkoma area although they are certainly pointing in the direction for their trip to the north. But guests still seeing big herds here in central Serengeti.

Warm regards,
Ebenezer,
Lemala Ewanjan Camp Manager


 

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Herds passing Mkoma Hill - Image by Ebenezer
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Big herds in the Mkoma area - Image by Ebenezer
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Southern herds moving slowly north from Simba Kopjes towards Namiri Plains

Dear Carel,

Jackson our guide just came back from a full day game drive, he saw approx 10,000 zebra around the Naabi/Sero/Sopa junction. Moving in the direction of Central/North East.

Kind Regards,
Alison

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Sand River herds arrive at Mara River, Serengeti

24 Jun 2015 from Lemala Camps

The one herd of roughly 150 000 strong is currently at Nyamalumbwa heading to Sand River then on to the Mara River, crossings are likely to take place at crossing points 8,9,and 10 so that leaves them at about 20 km from Kuria hills as the crow flies. That is the current status as we have it .

The good news is all our guests have had great herd viewings and sightings of a large variety of other phenomenal events have been occurring.

Gary,
Lemala Kuria Hills Manager

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Sand River herds split up

24 Jun 2015 from andBeyond

Hi Carel,

There is nothing happening at Sand river and Bologonja as the herds turned around and went south towards Mbuzi Mawe. The guides also think that some of the animals are herding south east towards Piyaya. One of my rangers was on a drive yesterday and he saw a herd of about 8000 animals around Lobo area.

In terms of rainfall, it’s been dry for the past 5 days but we had heavy down pour for about two days before that and we could not cross the river.

Kind regards,
Tawanda

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Southern herds update from Ndutu Safari Lodge

22 Jun 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel

Well into June and we continue to have rain falls; 12mm two days ago, keeping the lakes and water holes full for the wildlife. While we don't have the large herds anymore, we are still enjoying significant numbers of Wildbeest and Eland out on the traingle plains and across the plains in front of Naabi.

This morning from the lodge we watched a large group if wildebeest attempting to cross the lake. After some time, and deliiberation, they realised they had chosen a silly place and returned to shore, to walk around the lakeshore instead, heading westwards.

Cheers,
Ainslie

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Wildebeest trying to cross Lake Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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The southern herds still at Moru kopjes

Hi Carel, 

On the road to Sopa, 5 km until you reach the lodge, a big group of wildebeest scattered around. They have been there for the last 3 days as per Sopa staff.

Not very clear which direction they are heading as they are just milling around. Picture taken from Sopa lodge swimming pool area.

Regards,
Tom

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Herds close to the Serengeti Sopa Lodge - Image by Tom Mees

Migration update - HerdTracker June 22

22 Jun 2015

Migration update - 22 June 2015

The permanent and seasonal rivers throughout the Mara Serengeti ecosystem are all very high after some good rain throughout the Mau escarpment, Loliondo and Kleins areas has ensured that the Mara, Grumeti and Sand Rivers are all in flood.

The migration is also well and truly split up into a few groups with probably 700 000 to a million up on the Serengeti Masai Mara Reserve border at the Sand River.Then we have a few hundred thousand all the way on the southern Serengeti plains around Naabi Hill and the Simba Kopjes.

There are good numbers behind Moru Kopjes and these are heading towards Mbalageti. There are still some herds around Namiri Plains and Turner's Spring towards the east of Seronera. Get ready for some Sand River, Mara River and possibly Grumeti River crossings.  

Carel Verhoef,
HerdTracker

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Wildebeest migration river crossings - Image by Lemala Camps (2014)
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Wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River - Image by Lemala Camps (2014)
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Grumeti River also in flood with Moru herds moving north

22 Jun 2015 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel,

Good morning to you. We have few groups of hundreds passing behind Sopa bridge, they have been there for three to four days now.

Some of them are on their way north and there are still herds east of Seronera at Namiri plains.

Hope this will help,

Thanks
Angel

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The Sand River herds slowly moving north, with the western herds spread out

21 Jun 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

With the leading herds starting to cross into the Mara, headed north over the Sand River, my guess would be that we see the vanguard swing north and west into the Triangle to cross the Mara River in the next ten days or so.

The river itself is still very high, the heavy current in play following late rain will prove a pretty strong deterrent. Open fields of nutritious red oat grass south of the river will hold the western most herds in their journey to the river. Large numbers remain strung out, spread from the central Serengeti around Seronera, reaching as far north as Sand River and the Mara itself.

Keep well,
Alex

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Young lions - Image by Alex Walker
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Grazing wildebeest - Image by Alex Walker
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Herds close to the Sand River - Image by Alex Walker
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The Sand River is full - Image by Alex Walker
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Sand River crossings at Sala’s Camp

19 Jun 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

I was able to go out last night and drive through the herds. They currently stretch from right outside Sala’s Camp to the East along the southern side of the Sand River for about 7km.

Only a few small groups have crossed the Sand River and the vast majority are still straddling the Kenya-Tanzania border. The Sand River is pumping so we’re hoping for some impressive crossings when they decide to head north.

Cheers,
Mark

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Wildebeest migration - Image by Mark Boyd
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Wildebeest close to Sala's Camp - Image by Mark Boyd
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Migration has crossed the Sand River - Image by Mark Boyd
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Herds are close to the Kenya-Tanzania border - Image by Mark Boyd
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Thousands of wildebeest - Image by Mark Boyd
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Eland arriving in the Mara, and this is what is waiting for the herds

19 Jun 2015 from Asilia Africa

Morning Carel

Herds of elands also have started to stream in from Naboisho Conservancy to the Mara Reserve and the rich nutritious Themenda Triandra (Red Oat Grass) is at its best, waiting to feed over 1.5 million mouths in the Mara Reserve. Zebras slowly sneaking into the reserve from east of Mara...

Keep well,
Onesmus,
Rekero Camp


 

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Eland in the Masai Mara - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Red Oat Grass - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Sand River gate the herds are pouring into the Mara

16 Jun 2015 from Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp

Dear Carel,

This is the co-ordinates are for the Sand River migration, in between Sand River gate and the Serengeti. We are seeing them coming through from the border line running from the south east going west.

Regards,
Douglas

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Herds in the Mara - Image by Cottars Camp
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Wildebeest in the Masai Mara - Image by Cottars Camp
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The Serengeti herds are moving into the Masai Mara

16 Jun 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

BIG NEWS FROM THE MARA – HERDS ARE COMING IN!

We have about 500,000 – 1,000,000 wildebeest (never easy to count!) just across the Sand River from Sand River Gate. They are still in Tanzania for the most part but are coming this way and we expect them to spend the next few days crossing into Kenya.

Very exciting news and fairly safe to say the Mara stage of the migration is about to start for this season.

Cheers,
Mark

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Migration in the Masai Mara - Image by Richard, Sala's Camp
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Herds are spread out from north to south

Dear Carel The wildebeest and zebra are very spread out at the moment - large herds by Loliondo and Boma Kopies. Scattered herds spreading Naabi, Gol Kopies, Zebra Kopies and Barafu Kopies. Most moving in a northern direction but some still going South East! Kind Regards, Alison

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Big numbers at Turner Spring, Serengeti Wilderness Camps reports

15 Jun 2015 from Wild Frontiers

Hi Carel,

Lots of movement from Namiri plains side towards Seronera, we have lots of wildebeest coming through our camp at Turner Spring just to the east of Seronera.

It seems that the herds are moving north and heading to Tana and beyond.  

Keep well,
Serengeti Wilderness Camp

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Loita herds into the Mara itself

13 Jun 2015 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel,

The Loita migration is closing in, now at the boundary between Mara Reserve and Olare Orok conservancy, we spotted herds of zebras moving west into the reserve.

Regards,
Onesmus Irungu
Rekero Camp

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Zebra in the Masai Mara - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Loita herds arrive in numbers at Naboisho

13 Jun 2015 from Asilia Africa

Morning Carel,

Loita herds arriving in numbers, pictures says it all!

Keep well,
Roelof

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The Loita herds - Image by Roelof Schutte
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Loita herds in Naboisho - Image by Roelof Schutte
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The herds at Bologonja spilling over the Sand River, into the Mara

11 Jun 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

We just had an incredible lunch with the sight over a thousand wildebeest crossing the Sand River in front of the mess as we ate. Will keep you updated on any others coming through, not the main herds yet just a few smaller groups.

Cheers,
Mark Boyd
Sala's Camp

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Asilia’s Namiri Plains Camp reporting some good numbers

11 Jun 2015 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel,

Still lots of wildebeest at Namiri plains, but seems they have started to move heading central Serengeti since this morning.

Thanks,
Mark,
Namiri Plains

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Large numbers at Namiri Plains and Turner Spring

Hi Carel,

Our guide Gandi returned from full day safari and reported big herds scattered around Namiri Plains. 

Regards,
Tom
 

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Breaking News - the first wildebeest cross the Sand River into the Masai Mara

Hi Carel

Perfect timing! Have just received a report from our driver guide that approx 1000 wildebeest have crossed the Sand River in to the Mara, about 1.5 km downstream (west) of Sand River gate this morning.

Will keep you updated if more arrive.

Kind regards
Tim

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The Lobo herds are up at Bologonja, the border between the Serengeti and Masai Mara

Hello Carel,

The wildebeests are currently around Bologonja area this isnt reported one I saw them for myself - just came back from a wonderful drive to Bologonja spring and the Keekorok border.

In a few week's time they will be at the Mara River hopefully.

Best Regards,
Salim
 

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Tom Mees’s Moru herds back at Ndutu

09 Jun 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

The guys back in this evening report that several thousand, long lines, of wildies and zebra are coming in from Simyu direction into the marshes and forests.

The plains from Two Trees to the marshes are full but scattered. These might be the herds that turned around at Moru a few days ago.

Cheers,
Ainslie

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Moru herds back at Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Scattered herds around Ndutu

08 Jun 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

The majority of wildbeest and zebra have now left the Ndutu area but strangely, there are still random large groups scattered all over.

I came over the triangle yesterday and the plains and skyline was still full. Hamisi reports that yesterday large numbers were streaming into Two trees and frontier forest area coming from Simyu direction. They are also still scattered across the plains around Twin Hills.

We are still getting rain at Ndutu and Olduvai, with 6mm over the lodge yesterday and much more out on the Triangle plains and at the marshes. We are enjoying them while we can and hoping to keep all our new cheetah and lion cubs well fed for a while yet.

Cheers,
AInslie

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Zebra and gnus close to Sametu

08 Jun 2015 from Asilia Africa

Morning Carel

More rain, raining for more than a day now and we have lots of zebra and gnus close to Sametu.

Sametu is just south-east of Masai Kopjes and it includes the Sametu marsh that feeds the Seronera River system. The Sametu marsh is the only water source in the dry eastern Serengeti during dry season, but it's not dry at the moment.  

Mark,
Asilia Namiri Plains Camp 

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Rainy skies in Sametu - Image by Mark Namiri Plains
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Zebra and gnus close to Sametu - Image by Mark Namiri Plains
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Rain in Sametu - Image by Mark Namiri Plains
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Migration in Sametu - Image by Mark Namiri Plains
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Loita migration front-end into Olare Motorogi Conservancy

08 Jun 2015 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel,

Herds of zebras slowly moving from east (Naboisho Conservancy) and now at Olare Orok Conservancy on their way to Mara Reserve, grass very high here at Mara Reserve especially near Rekero Camp, which is located at the heart of the reserve.

All set and ready for the Serengeti and Loita migration.

Keep well,
Onesmus Irungu,
Rekero Camp 

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Tracking the migration - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Hailstorm in the central Serengeti has the Masai talking for hours

Hi Carel,

This afternoon we had a hail stormWe also received 45mm of rain in 45 minutes... and still raining now.

Regards,
Tom
 

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Hailstone in the Serengeti - Image by Tom Mees
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45mm of rain - Image by Tom Mees
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Grumeti River crossings on the cards - the western herds are on the Maswa side and heading north

05 Jun 2015 from andBeyond

Hi Carel,

The western herds are in Maswa game reserve south-east of the western part of the Serengeti and the group is heading to the western corridor at the Grumeti plains area.

We are expecting the big herd of wildebeest, but not sure when exactly they will arrive, the river is full so we might see some good crossings. The weather has been good, we had lots of rain in April, May and June and it is still raining at the moment. 

Lots of tall green grass, lots of water in the Grumeti and Kanyanja river in front of camp.

Thank you,
Joseph

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Eastern herds heading north towards Bologonja and Kogatende

05 Jun 2015 from andBeyond

Hi Carel

Thank you very much for your email.

There is a big herd in Bologonja open areas and the herd is slowly moving north towards Bolongonja ranger post. My guides reckon there are approximately half a million to about 700,000 wildebeest and around 100,000 zebras. We still have some herds around Grumeti circuit and they are also moving into the Bolongoja open areas. We also have approximately 2000 to about three thousand Zebras in our concession.

We had very light showers over the past few days. The area is very green and the grass is very tall so there is plenty of grass for the animals.

Kind regards,
Tawanda,
&Beyond Klein's Camp

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Eastern herds are heading north - Image by &Beyond; Klein's Camp
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Migration in Bologonja - Image by &Beyond; Klein's Camp
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Big herd in Bologonja - Image by &Beyond; Klein's Camp
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Wildebeest in Bologonja - Image by &Beyond; Klein's Camp
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The western herds moving further west

Hi Carel,

Jackson, our guide drove to Moru today hoping to see the big herd that is coming towards Pioneer Camp.

They seemed to have moved past Moru, Jackson saw flattened grass and tracks leading south-west  It appears the herd is bypassing Moru and heading to the other side of the hills.

Would be interesting to see where they go next…

Regards,
Tom

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The Lobo herds move towards Kogatende and the Mara River

Dear Carel,

Sorry for the delay on answering this but the big herd of wildebeest past the lodge a few days ago and at the moment they are heading to Kogatende further north of where we are.

Will keep you updated if any news comes up.

Best Regards,
Salim Feruz
 

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Rain at Moru Kopjes

Hi Carel, 

Just to let you know,  we received 45mm of rain last night.

Regards,
Tom,
Serengeti Pioneer Camp

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Coastal Aviation’s Capt Joel gives us an aerial update on the western herds

04 Jun 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel,

The western herds have moved a little bit north from the Moru hills. Currently west of seronera airstrip by 15nm. Currently vastly spread out over the plains. Hope these pictures are good enough.

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

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Aerial view of the migration - Image by Capt Joel Fernandes
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The wildebeest migration from above - Image by Capt Joel Fernandes
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Wildebeest migration moving towards Moru

Hi Carel, 

Our guides just came back from a game drive and saw roughly 2000 wildebeest and 1000 zebra on the main road between the Simba Kopjes and Naabi gate running towards Moru Kopjes.

Regards,
Tom
 

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Western herds still between Ndutu, Kusini and Moru

03 Jun 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

Ndutu is still enjoying rain with 11.3mm falling last night, and most days we can see rain still falling over Oldevai and the Lemuta way.

We are also still enjoying wildebeest and zebra in the vicinity, although smaller groups in the hundreds rather than thousands. Today in small marsh, a very large group wandering around, and out on plains around Hidden Valley hundreds of zebra.

I guess we won't have them for too much longer so we are enjoying them while we can.

Kind Regards,
Ainslie

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Wildebeest and zebra in the Hidden Valley - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Update from Namiri Plains - eastern Serengeti update

02 Jun 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

Down by Namiri Plains we had no rain for about a week now, the area still green and tall grasses in some areas… on Barafu Kopjes some few groups of gnus same also as heading to seronera there are some on the way but not many as we usually see. 

Still cats are in the area, the pride of lions in camp about every night, cheetah as we drive out to seronera, no leopard spotted for a little while.

Kind Regards

Mark,
Namiri Plains

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Loita herds update from Naboisho

02 Jun 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

Some Loita herds (100’s, not 1000’s yet) trickling in from the North / North East of Naboisho Conservancy. Haven't been able to get out there and get some images, will soon and send you some GPS coordinates and photos, but the herds arriving in decent numbers. Saw the herds this morning from higher ground around the Ol-Seki airstrip area / Ol-Kinei conservancy.

Hope this helps,
Roelof

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Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

$ 340

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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.

 

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Wayo Green Camp

$ 326

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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.

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Kimondo Camp

$ 714

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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.

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Singita Mara

$ 1515

per person per night

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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

7 km

from herd

Sayari Camp

$ 753

per person per night

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.