March 2015 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Steady rain over the central portion of the concession

31 Mar 2015 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi HerdTracker team,

After yesterday afternoons update, we had some nice steady rain over the central portion of the concession. I went out have a look at the situation on the plains myself. Nothing short of incredible!!

The attached photos that I took is what was actually happening out on Sabora and Nyati Plains yesterday evening.

This morning, as far as the eye can see, there are still literally hundreds of thousands of wildebeest colonising the area along our southern boundary with the Serengeti National Park.

I guess we will just have to wait to see what their next move will be.

Stand by…we will keep you posted.
 
Best,
Ryan Schmitt

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Herds on the Sabora and Nyati Plains - Image by Ryan Schmitt
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Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest - Image by Ryan Schmitt
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Big herds in Lobo, Nkoma and the Kirawira region

30 Mar 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

The migration is kind of scattered now because of no rain but the big heading of migration is between Lobo and the Lkoma area with another big herd seen in the Kirawira region.

Thanks,
Veronica

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Wildebeest and zebra - Image by Veronica Otter
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Sabora Plains overflowing with wildebeest

30 Mar 2015 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi HerdTracker Team,

Over the last few days we have noticed that the herds have been moving back and forth somewhat but the major thing is that they have been very present here.

We experienced a few rain showers over the last few days and last night it drizzled pretty much the entire night.

This morning, Sabora Plains is overflowing with wildebeest (as seen in the attached photo by Frank Louw). It is difficult to guess how many but there are tens upon tens of thousands. It is pretty impressive.

Reports from our Grumeti Fund scout camps and OP’s say the western Grumeti Game Reserve is also inundated with large numbers of animals mainly zebra and wildebeest.

Thank you,
Ryan Schmitt

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Wildebeest on the Sabora Plains - Image by Frank Louw
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Big rains in the southern Serengeti

30 Mar 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

A report from Serengeti South: big rains yesterday and today, Serengeti looking emerald green and wildebeest are creeping back in.

Also, here's some great footage of the little albino calf!

Thanks,
Robyn
Alex Walker's Serian

- Video by Alex Walker's Serian
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The herds have headed north

28 Mar 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

A quick one as I am flying. There are still some small breeding herds around our Serengeti South camp. Probably not more than 5,000 in total. 

At Kusini, the herds have headed north and left the predators behind. It is still very dry and very dusty in the south. 

Regards,
Alex

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Herds are very scattered

25 Mar 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

Just an update from Lemala: Herds are very scattered and have been observed in central Serengeti, Musabi plains, Grumeti Reserves, Western Corridor, the Ikoma area near to Ikoma Gate as well as some groups up near Bologonja.

The areas are very dry now with no rainfall being recorded for some time.

Regards,
Veronica,
Lemala Camps

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Things are dry in the Serengeti - Image by Veronica Otter
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Wildebeest and zebra - Image by Veronica Otter
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Wildebeest in the Serengeti - Image by Veronica Otter
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Wildebeest looking for shade - Image by Veronica Otter
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The big herds have left the Four Seasons

25 Mar 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

The big herds that were around the lodge last week started to disappear yesterday ( I think they have eaten everything) and only a few lines around the lodge now - speaking with guides no one is sure where they have all gone!

Cheers,
Oli

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Herds desperate for water, rain on its way

22 Mar 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel
we have had increasingly large numbers of wildebeest and zebra visiting our waterhole every day, all day, over the past week. The last two days have been exceptional with a constant stream of animals coming to drink, so much so that the waterhole has become less than half full. But the clouds have also been building, so lets hope we get some storms soon to refill it, and to green things up - as it's looking very dry with little grass around either.
Best
Oli
 

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Large numbers of wildebeest and zebra outside the Four Seasons

22 Mar 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

We have had increasingly large numbers of wildebeest and zebra visiting our waterhole every day, all day, over the past week. The last two days have been exceptional with a constant stream of animals coming to drink, so much so that the waterhole has become less than half full.

The clouds have also been building, so lets hope we get some storms soon to refill it, and to green things up - as it's looking very dry with little grass around either.

Best,
Oli

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An elephant watches the wildebeest - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Wildebeest having a drink - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Wildebeest outside the Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Wildlife outside the Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Zebra at the waterhole - Image by Oliver Dreike

In Kampala and the rain has started

22 Mar 2015

Morning,

I have some really good news, we are off to Rwenzuri mountains and the first rain has started in Uganda, so it surely will start in the Serengeti soon!  Staying over at a good friend Diederik Vandenhoeke!

Carel,
HerdTracker

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Rain on its way

22 Mar 2015 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi Carel,

Let's hope this is happening but it seems as though the rains may be starting. We have thunderstorms surrounding us at Singita Grumeti tonight. North, South, East and West. I hope that there is some decent rainfall somewhere at least.

Have a good Sunday!
Ryan

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Herds at Singita Grumeti, will the burning of the north impact the movement this year?

20 Mar 2015 from Wildlife Explorer

Hi Carel,

Just some images I promised - I have been doing the rounds today! Have flown Arusha, Grumeti, Kogatende, Sasakwa and Seronera. Very little sign of wildebeest and zebra.

Small herds around Grumeti, Sasakwa and north of Seronera. Most seem to be heading north. It is all dry, dry, dry. A few grass fires around as well. Will send some photos shortly.

We're now driving south west to our Dulana camp, Kusini.

Regards,
Sean Lues,
Wildlife Explorer

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The effects of the burning at Singita Grumeti - Image by Sean Lues
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Small herds around Grumeti, Sasakwa and Seronera regions - Image by Sean Lues
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Breaking news - herds up at Lobo already

20 Mar 2015 from Grumeti Expeditions

Hi Carel,

I just got back from the Serengeti and whilst there are some herds in central Serengeti, there are big herds around the Lobo area as well.

Great cat sightings to be seen too, but still the rain remains elusive.

Adam Mtinga,
Grumeti Expeditions Guide
 

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The herds have arrived in Lobo - Image by Adam Mtinga
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Heading north, Four Seasons Serengeti has a waterhole

16 Mar 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

With no rain for weeks, the central Serengeti seems to be getting really very dry and the grass is becoming shorter and yellower every day. 

Over the past three or four days we have been seeing larger and larger herds of zebra and wildebeest around Four Seasons, and this morning the lines of wildebeest that have been feeding around the lodge and running past our villas, started congregating in large numbers at our waterhole, quite a site for our guests to enjoy the migration from the comfort of the lodge - and pool!

Cheers,
Oli
 

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Wildebeest at the waterhole - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Wildebeest close to the Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Wildebeest outside the Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
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The central Serengeti is drying out - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Fires to the east, south and north of Singita Grumeti

16 Mar 2015 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi Carel,

We have had zero rain locally.

As for fires, I can tell you that the hills to the south of us have been burning for the last couple days. I have attached a map depicting where the fires to the south of us are. Tanapa has burnt the entire area to the east of Ikorongo and some of these fires have encroached into Ikorongo. The Serengeti fire map shows the extent of the burns to the east of us and north towards the Kenya border.

Thanks,
Ryan

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Ikorongo Grumeti fire map - Image by Google Maps
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Satellite map view of the fires - Image by Satellite image
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News from Serengeti South

16 Mar 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi

Bwana still here. Pretty dry. Just seen some wild dog outside camp here, chasing down a yearling. Quite a few babies and moms in the treeline along the Kakessio and Ol Parsinyei rivers.

More in the Maswa woodlands to the west of us. The plains although dry remain alive with thompson and eland herds, also part of the migratory species but not the obvious two.

Will keep you posted,
Alex

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Shifting south-west from Sasakwa to Grumeti airstrip

16 Mar 2015 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi Carel,

The bulk of the herd that was on Grumeti Game Reserve has shifted further South and West into the SNP along our boundary, they are currently about 15kms West of Sabora Tented Camp. There are still smaller groups still located in the vicinity of Sasakwa Dam. See attached map for your reference.

Regards,
Ryan

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Location of the wildebeest herds - Image by Google Maps
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Central Serengeti, Moru and the Western Corridor

15 Mar 2015 from Grumeti Expeditions

Hi Carel,

With some guests in Central Serengeti and came across this nice group of wildebeest catching a rest under the shade of the trees near the hippo bridge.

The herds are still looking as though they are moving towards lobo and showing no signs of moving back to Ndutu. Still no rain here and so its very dry but lots of little foals around the place.

Have a great day!

Adam,
Grumeti Expeditions Guide

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Wildebeest resting under the shade of the trees - Image by Adam Grumeti Expeditions
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Moru update - still dry as the herds mingle around water holes

Hi Carel,

A huge herd of wildebeest - at least 10,000 strong is currently 15 minutes drive away from Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

The herds are moving from Moru area to around Pioneer camp / Lake Magadi. We have not had rain for a long time, everything is very dry and the wildebeest are in search of fresh grass and water. I have sent the rainfall of the last 4 months, February/March really dry.

Regards,
Tom

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Herds are close to the Serengeti Pioneer Camp - Image by Alison Mees
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The herds are moving from Moru area - Image by Alison Mees
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Drought in the Serengeti as we wait for the rains to come

13 Mar 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi Carel,

Just an update from Moru area, the situation is getting a little desperate, it is extremely dry and the wildebeest and zebra are in desperate need of both water and grazing, we are all hoping for rain soon.  

Will keep you informed and I will be in touch.

Keep well,
Emmanual Mkenda,
Ranger Safaris

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Last of the water in Moru - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda
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The herds are desperate to graze - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda
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Wildebeest heading west towards Nyasirori

13 Mar 2015 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi Carel,

Yesterday evening there was some thunderstorm activity to the south of us. On Sasakwa Plains this morning there is a strong movement of wildebeest heading west towards Nyasirori as seen from Sasakwa Lodge.

Ikorongo Game Reserve has been very quiet up until this morning with no reports of wildebeest coming out of there. The Western Grumeti Game Reserve is seeing small herds but nothing substantial at this point.

Let’s see what their next move will be!!

Thanks and have good day,
Ryan

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Herds are moving towards Nyasirori - Image by Ryan Schmitt
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Wildebeest on the Sasakwa Plains - Image by Ryan Schmitt
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Small herds in the Western Grumeti Reserves - Image by Ryan Schmitt
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No sign of the migration in the Ikorongo Game Reserve - Image by Ryan Schmitt
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More arrive at Mbalageti from the south heading north-west

12 Mar 2015 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi Carel,

We were sitting at our restaurant area, as you know, lovely view from there towards the south-east and we saw some good numbers arrive this morning.

Clouds of dust kicked up and it seems that there are more on their way, early for them to arrive with us but we are not complaining. Some pictures attached but your zoom lens would have come in handy!  

Keep well,
Stephan,
Mbalageti Serengeti

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View from the Mbalageti restaurant - Image by Stephan Grobler
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Herds arrived close to Mbalageti - Image by Stephan Grobler
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The wildebeest migration has arrived - Image by Stephan Grobler
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Mbalageti saw good numbers arriving this morning - Image by Stephan Grobler
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Herds looking for permanent water sources

12 Mar 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Morning Carel,

I took a drive up to Seronera from Ndutu and I must say it is dry in the southern Serengeti, the Seronera valley and riversystem is also drying up and this video will show you how dry it has become.

Hoping for the long rains to come soon for relief all round. This is probably the reason why there has been a move towards the Grumeti River and its water.

Keep well,
Ainslie

- Video by Ainslie Wilson
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Grumeti Reserves update - thanks Singita

11 Mar 2015 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi Carel,

Not much change this way. We still have the large herds camped out on Nyati plains as well as Sasakwa plains. The big draw here is the large waterhole out on the plains. It doesn’t look as though any new herds have moved in. There has been some westward movement of a few wildebeest out towards Nyasirori way.

I have attached a couple pics taken yesterday.

Keep well!

Ryan,
Guide Manager,
Singita Grumeti

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Large herds have camped out on the Nyati Plains - Image by Ryan Schmitt
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Some of the herds are at Sasakwa - Image by Ryan Schmitt
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Moru Kopjes and on the move

Dear Carel,

An update of the migration from yesterday morning. Huge herd of wildebeest. at least 10,000 strong 15 mins south of Serengeti Pioneer Camp, they have past Moru and heading towards Lake Magadi.

Very dry, still no rain, and the herds are on the move. I have attached video and a couple of photos.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Wildebeest going to Lake Magadi - Image by Alison Mees
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Wildebeest in the southern Serengeti - Image by Alison Mees
- Video by Alison Mees
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Makoma Hill, central Serengeti with restless herds

11 Mar 2015 from Grumeti Expeditions

Morning all,

Spent a few days in Ndutu but with it still being very hot and no signs of rain we made our way into Serengeti from the south and found some herds in the Moru area with big herds in Seronera and around Makoma Hills. They certainly look like they are making their way slowly out towards the north and with there having been some rain in the last two days around Makoma they are quite happy grazing their way up.

Lots of foals around with the usual sightings of some being ‘left behind’ asleep under the Acacia trees.Have a great week!

Warm regards
Adam Mtinga,
Grumeti Expeditions
 

- Video by Adam Mtinga
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Central Serengeti’s Seronera is where the herds are concentrated

10 Mar 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Morning Carel,

A colleague who was also with me on the Serengeti Balloon Safaris flight over Seronera, took this amazing footage of one of the herds we flew over, which I thought you might want to share - pretty awesome.

I just heard reports from clients that arrived from Singita Grumeti Reserves, that the herds have arrived at the plains infront of Sasakwa, incredible, we might have very early crossings, they are affectively a few days away from the Mara River again. The main concentration is still in the central Serengeti and Moru Kopjes for now.  

Keep well,
Oliver Dreike,
Four Seasons Serengeti

- Video by Oliver Dreike

Breaking news - big numbers at Sasakwa, Singita Grumeti Reserves

09 Mar 2015

Hi Carel,

Correct - Latest reports from the guides today as follows:

About 100000 migratory wildebeest on Nyati Plains and Sasakwa Plains

I hope this helps!

Regards,
Alison 

Mid March update from HerdTracker, what to expect

09 Mar 2015

Mid March update:

It has been very dry in the Serengeti after some early rain throughout the southern plains during January, with the Serengeti's shallow soil and solid granite sub-surface drying up quickly, this will have two possible scenarios and at this stage it could be either:

We predict a wet long-rainy season and the weather experts still say that Tanzania is to have a wet "long rains". Would the first rains of the season fall in time to turn the herds around to head south again?

It might just do that, for now it seems the herds were forced to the Seronera Valley, Moru's Lake Magadi and Ndutu's Hidden valley for water. The long rains will slow down the march north to the Grumeti River and beyond but if the rains stay away until the herds reach the Grumeti and Mbalageti Rivers will they turn around and or just stay in the western & central Serengeti for longer this year?

I wonder if this year is not going to be the Western Corridor's turn to amaze us, with the likelihood of Grumeti River crossings happening this year, this would on average happen once every 6 - 8 years, so not to be missed. The Grumeti River crocodiles are some of the biggest in the world and they have fewer chances of river crossings so let’s see.

I am certainly heading to Serengeti HerdTracker Explorer Camp that will be on the Western corridor this May - early June. This would also open up Singita's Grumeti Reserve to the north of the Grumeti, and it is seldom that there is space at Sabora Plains and Sasakwa with the migration there.

Happy travelling!

Carel Verhoef - HerdTracker

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Grumeti River crocodiles - Image by Harvey Barrison
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Massive crocodiles at the Grumeti River - Image by Harvey Barrison
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Still dry, with permanent water sources the only option

09 Mar 2015 from Wild Frontiers

Bwana Carel!

Flew back yesterday out of Sero, huge herds all over the area, around Serengeti Wilderness Camp and across to Masai Kopjes... no rain yet so water sources under pressure.

Also got some nice herds down by Ndutu earlier, Hidden valley area, again dry as hell.

If we get good rains around Ndutu now and the grass pops up, they may all go back down south, who knows. Excellent time to travel RIGHT NOW!

Cheers,
John Addison,
Wild Frontiers

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Dar es Salaam flooded, still dry at Ndutu, will the rain come?

06 Mar 2015 from Lemala Camps

Dear Carel,

I have just returned from our camp, Lemala Ewanjan in Central Serengeti and observed big herds pouring into the area from the direction of Naabi Hill. It is still very dry in the Ndutu area and no animals were seen around there. 

I have put a short video of one of the herds taken from our camp.

Best wishes,
Tom

- Video by Tom Yule, Lemala
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Little White Wildebeest spotted by Gerard Ambrose

05 Mar 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

We found the white wildebeest calf again and all is well for now, alive and still around our area here at Serian Serengeti South.

Gerard Ambrose, one of our profesional guides, wonderful photographer with a wealth of guiding experience captured this image!

Thanks,
Alex

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White wildebeest calf close to Serian's Serengeti South camp - Image by Gerard Ambrose
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From Lake Magadi to central Seronera

Hi Carel,

Huge herds of wildebeest stretching from Lake Magadi to the road towards Sopa Junction, many babies in the herds. Not moving far at the moment and not many zebra amongst this large herd.

Just in, the migration is now stretching from Lake Magadi to central Seronera

Will keep you updated!

Kind Regards,
Alison & Tom Mees

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The herds are stretching from Lake Magadi to central Seronera - Image by Alison Mees
- Video by Alison Mees
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Moru Kopjes and Lake Magadi is where the herds are right now

04 Mar 2015 from Asilia Africa

Dear Carel,

Hope you are doing well. See the attached photo of wildebeest, the week was very good, some days the sunrise was magnificent and brilliant sunsets.  

Wildebeest migration: Groups of wildebeest arrived a few days ago this is good because it shows that more are on the way to central Serengeti, it is still dry at both Ndutu and most the southern plains.

Regards,
Japhet,
Dunia Camp

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Migration in the central Serengeti - Image by Japhet, Dunia Camp
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The herds are at the Moru Kopjes - Image by Japhet, Dunia Camp
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Good numbers at Moru, herds milling around perhaps heading south again

04 Mar 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

Left Ndutu this morning having seen just a few small herds of wildebeests and headed into Serengeti, good size herds around Naabi and then ran into a spectacular group around Moru.

It's still very dry in Ndutu but not sure if the wildebeests know something we don't as they appeared to be heading back to Ndutu. Going through central today so let's see what it brings.

Have an awesome day.

Veronica,
Reporting live and direct from Lemala Ewanjan

- Video by Veronica Otter
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Herds break through at Moru Kopjes

03 Mar 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi Carel,

I just drove from Serengeti Sopa and Moru Kopjes to Ndutu and I can report that the front-end of the herds have moved as far north-west at Moru Kopjes and I bumped into many more following in the north-westerly direction of Moru from Naabi.

It is still dry on the plains and it seems that Lake Magadi will be the place to be for them for water. I am returning to Ndutu tomorrow and will let you know what is happening down there.

Keep well,
Ephata,
Ranger Safaris Guide

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Wildebeest herds are close to the Moru Kopjes - Image by Ephata Lotashu
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The herds are moving from Naabi to Moru - Image by Ephata Lotashu
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Serengeti south packed with wildebeest

02 Mar 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

Guests had an incredible day today - huge herds in the park with wildebeest all the way from Simba Kopjes and Naabi to Lake Magadi and Gong Rock - heading to Moru.

Cheers,
Oli
 

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The Serengeti south is packed with wildebeest - Image by Four Seasons
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White Wildebeest calf update

02 Mar 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Morning Carel,

Just an update on the white (albino) wildebeest calf that was spotted by Nomad last week, we found him again several days ago, shunned by his mother and pushed away by the herd.

We bumped into him, this time right in front of camp still following his mother. Lets see what happens and we will keep an eye out for him. He seems to be feeding and we are monitoring his hearing and eyesight which appear to be limited.  

Keep well,
Alex

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Albino wildebeest calf - Image by Alex Walker
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The albino wildebeest has been shunned by the herd - Image by Alex Walker
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Albino wildebeest in the Serengeti - Image by Alex Walker
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Some early arrivals at Sero, with the bulk at Naabi

02 Mar 2015 from Ranger Safaris

Hi Carel!

I have just finished my safari with my clients they have enjoyed very well we had incredible sightings would like to share some of the best pictures the migration were at Serengeti South.

Emmanuel Mkenda,
Ranger Safaris

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Zebra in Seronera - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda
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Cheetahs with zebra kill - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda
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Lion with a buffalo kill - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda
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Wildebeest migration in Seronera - Image by Emmanuel Mkenda

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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.

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3 km

from herd

Kimondo Camp

$ 714

per person per night

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.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.