November 2015 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Streams of wildebeest departing the Ndutu woodlands and heading for Ubuntu and Makao

25 Nov 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Dear Carel,

Yesterday we saw streams of wildebeest departing the Ndutu woodlands and heading for Ubuntu and Makao.  With no rain here now for quite a few days, the plains north of the lodge are drying out and the animals are heading back towards Ndutu Marsh areas and out onto the plains out past the marshes.  Within this immediate area, there are large numbers everywhere you drive and this morning, a couple of hundred grazing out in front of the lodge.

Cheers
Ainslie

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Head of migration arriving at Olduvai Gorge

25 Nov 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

I am at Olduvai Gorge and the head of migration is arriving here. Ready for Ndutu to give birth on January through to March.

Asante Sana,
Emanuel 

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More than 300,000 wildebeest heading towards the Gol Kopjes

23 Nov 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel

More than 300,00 wildebeest are currently moving towards the Gol Kopjes and some are heading towards the central Serengeti.

Regards,
Mark

Wildebeest moving towards the Gol Kopjes
Wildebeest moving towards the Gol Kopjes - Image by Mark, Namiri Plains Camp
Some of the wildebeest are heading towards the central Serengeti
Some of the wildebeest are heading towards the central Serengeti - Image by Mark, Namiri Plains Camp
The view from Namiri Plains Camp
The view from Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Mark, Namiri Plains Camp
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Naabi, Triangle and Marsh woodlands are densely covered with wildebeest

23 Nov 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

We are really enjoying the early migration. The plains between Naabi, Triangle and Marsh woodlands are densely covered. The marshes have a constant stream of large numbers coming and going.

Caracal Plateau has been covered also but as yet, not so many have spread out onto Makao Plain. The shores of Lake Ndutu and the valleys leading off it, are also full.

We continue to have good rain, and rainfall figures for this month are so far the highest since 2006.

All the best,
Ainslie

Wildebeest on the southern plains of the Serengeti
Wildebeest on the southern plains of the Serengeti - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Resident herds enjoying themselves in the Mara Reserve

21 Nov 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

The resident herds are having a good time here in Mara Reserve... plenty of food hence lots of energy.

Regards
Onesmus
 

Zebra in the Mara Reserve
Zebra in the Mara Reserve - Image by Onesmus Irungu
The resident herds in the Masai Mara
The resident herds in the Masai Mara - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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More rain over the Serengeti plains

20 Nov 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel

The rain is continuing to fall here on the Serengeti plains. Here's some more images of a very wet Ndutu Safari Lodge.

Thanks,
Ainslie

The rain at the Ndutu Safari Lodge
The rain at the Ndutu Safari Lodge - Image by Ainslie Wilson
The rain has continued to fall in the southern Serengeti
The rain has continued to fall in the southern Serengeti - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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The migration moving past Ndutu Safari Lodge

20 Nov 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel

Here's a video of the migration moving past the Ndutu Safari Lodge with Lake Ndutu in the background. What a wonderful place to be right now!

Kind Regards,
Ainslie

- Video by Ainslie Wilson
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Rainfall statistics from the Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Hi Carel,

Here are the rainfall statistics from the Serengeti Pioneer Camp in millmetres

  • Sunday:  2.5 mm 
  • Monday: 1.0 mm
  • Tuesday: 43 mm
  • Wednesday:11 mm
  • Thursday: 15 mm

Regards,
Anthony

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Heavy rain in Ndutu

19 Nov 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel

This is the view from my office window here at the Ndutu Safari Lodge. We've had heavy rain over the past few days, which is good news for the wildebeest here on the southern plains.

Kind regards,
Ainslie

Heavy rain in Ndutu
Heavy rain in Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson
Heavy rain at the Ndutu Safari Lodge
Heavy rain at the Ndutu Safari Lodge - Image by Ainslie Wilson
- Video by Ainslie Wilson
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Rain brings thousands of wildebeest back to Ndutu

18 Nov 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel

Wet season has got off to a great start at Ndutu. We've had lots of rain over the whole area, which has brought the wildebeest back in their thousands and yesterday all areas from Makao Plains, Marshes, Triangle, Two Trees, Woodlands were full.

Kind Regards,
Ainslie

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Loita zebra cross the Mara River from the Mara Triangle

18 Nov 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

Heavy rains continue to pour on the savannah, which has not deterred the Loita zebra from crossing the Mara River from the Mara Triangle into the reserve en-route back home to Mara North, Naboisho and Olare Motorogi Conservancies.

Regards,
Onesmus

Zebra crossing the Mara River
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
The Loita herds at the Mara River
The Loita herds at the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Huge herd spotted in Naabi

16 Nov 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

It's raining now. There are a few groups passing here straight to the southern Serengeti. We also managed to see a huge herd in the Naabi area.

Thanks,
Angel

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Hundreds of wildebeest moving past the Moru Kopjes to Ndutu

Hi Carel,

The wildebeest are moving down to Ndutu / Kusini, and we can see some groups of hundreds that are now passing through the Moru Kopjes.

Regards,
Anthony
 

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Large herds of wildebeest around Seronera, Turner Springs, Ikoma and the first herds arrive in Ndutu

15 Nov 2015 from Nomad Tanzania

Hi Carel,

The herds are on the move, but there's still a few small herds crossing the Mara River close to Kogatende, but the majority of the migration have made their way down to the southern plains of the Serengeti. Our guides have spotted large herds of wildebeest around Seronera, Turner Springs and around the kopjes close to Ikoma.

The southern plains looks lush and green and there's been lots of rain in the Seronera area over the last seven days.

We've also heard that the first herds have just arrived in Ndutu, which is in time for the move of our Serengeti Safari Camp, which will be relocating to Ndutu next week.

Kind Regards,
Nomad Tanzania

The wildebeest migration on the southern plains
The wildebeest migration on the southern plains - Image by Ian Kiwelu
Lionesses chase a cheetah in the southern Serengeti
Lionesses chase a cheetah in the southern Serengeti - Image by Ian Kiwelu
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Mara River crossing at number nine in the northern Serengeti

12 Nov 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

We took this footage of a wildebeest migration river crossing close to Lemala Mara at crossing point 9 in the northern Serengeti.

Kind Regards,
Veronica

- Video by Lemala Camps
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Loita zebra moving back to the conservancies in small groups

12 Nov 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

With rains continuing to pour on the savannah, our famous Leopard Bahati (Daughter to BBC Star Olive) moved houses earlier today. The Talek River is swollen and the Mara River is also quite high.

The Loita zebra are still moving back to the conservancies in small groups.

Regards,
Onesmus
 

Bahati the leopard with her cub Olive
Bahati the leopard with her cub Olive - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Serengeti Balloon Safari passengers see the ‘hard edge’ of the migration

11 Nov 2015 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Hi Carel,

More migrating wildebeest herds continue to arrive in the Seronera area. This morning, our balloon passengers were able to clearly see the ‘hard edge’ of the migration. The late great wildlife photographer Baron Hugo Van Lawick was the first to recognise this phenomena that is not really visible from the ground. 

Best regards,
Tony

- Video by Amanda Strowbridge
- Video by Amanda Strowbridge
- Video by Amanda Strowbridge
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The herds will arrive earlier at Ndutu, book your accommodation now!

11 Nov 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Dear Carel

The good rains at Ndutu are turning the landscape nice and green now, and bringing the wildebeest back in greater numbers too. The plains between Marshes, Two Trees, Hidden Valley and Naabi have large numbers, slowly flowing down into the marshes too. Nothing too much out on the Makao Plains yet, just small groups

Cheers,
Ainslie

Wildebeest migration on the southern plains
Wildebeest migration on the southern plains - Image by Ainslie Wilson
Cheetah watches the wildebeest migration
Cheetah watches the wildebeest migration - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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The herds are heading to the Naabi Gate

11 Nov 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel

Here are some images we just received of the herds in Serengeti Central - heading towards Naabi Gate.

Kind Regards,
Veronica
 

The wildebeest migration are heading towards the Naabi Gate
The wildebeest migration are heading towards the Naabi Gate - Image by Lemala Camps
The wildebeest migration in the central Serengeti
The wildebeest migration in the central Serengeti - Image by Lemala Camps
The migration is heading south
The migration is heading south - Image by Lemala Camps
The herds in the central Serengeti
The herds in the central Serengeti - Image by Lemala Camps
The migration is moving towards to the southern plains
The migration is moving towards to the southern plains - Image by Lemala Camps
The wildebeest migration
The wildebeest migration - Image by Lemala Camps
The migration continue their trek south
The migration continue their trek south - Image by Lemala Camps
The migration passing through the central Serengeti
The migration passing through the central Serengeti - Image by Lemala Camps
Close up view of the migration
Close up view of the migration - Image by Lemala Camps
A lion hidden behind a tree in the central Serengeti
A lion hidden behind a tree in the central Serengeti - Image by Lemala Camps
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A few hundred zebras and wildebeest cross at the Chinese Hill Mara River Crossing Point

11 Nov 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

For almost one hour, we witnessed a few hundred Zebras and Gnus cross the swollen Mara River from the Mara Triangle to the Reserve on their way to the the Conservancies. Some crossed back and forth after realizing their family members were left on the opposite side.

Regards
Onesmus
 

Zebra crossing the Mara River
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Zebra crossing the Mara River
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Scattered groups of wildebeest along the Four Seasons access road

11 Nov 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

I just got back from a meeting in Seronera and drove through some quite big, scattered groups of wildebeest along our access road, especially near the Lodge and the Ikoma Circuit, where they seem to be enjoying the fresh new grass that has come up in the past few weeks, especially in the areas that were burned earlier in the year. 

We did not see many other wildebeest north of Seronera, but some eland and other good game along the way. We had more good rains last night, and as I type we are in the midst of another good downpour, lots of green grass everywhere! 

Cheers,
Oli

Scattered groups of wildebeest along the Four Seasons access road
Scattered groups of wildebeest along the Four Seasons access road - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Large herds of wildebeest in the Seronera Valley

10 Nov 2015 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Hi Carel

Greetings from Serengeti Balloon Safaris. Our guests are currently enjoying flying over large herds of wildebeest in the Seronera Valley. The numbers are building daily. Plenty of large predator activity is being seen as well. 

Best wishes,
Tony

Flying over the wildebeest migration
Flying over the wildebeest migration - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
The migration in Seronera
The migration in Seronera - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Wildebeest on the Serengeti's southern plains
Wildebeest on the Serengeti's southern plains - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Large herds of wildebeest in Seronera
Large herds of wildebeest in Seronera - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
A lion rests in the thick grass
A lioness rests in the thick grass - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
A lioness makes eye contact with the camera during a balloon safari
A lioness makes eye contact with the camera during a balloon safari - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Lionesses fighting over a carcass
Lionesses fighting over a carcass - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Lionesses with a wildebeest kill
Lionesses with a wildebeest kill - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
A lion pride in Seronera
A lion pride in Seronera - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Two lionesses with a wildebeest carcass
Two lionesses with a wildebeest carcass - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
A lioness carries the wildebeest carcass
A lioness carries the wildebeest carcass - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
The reflection of the hot air balloon
The reflection of the hot air balloon - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Hot air ballooning in Seronera
Hot air ballooning in Seronera - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Hot air ballooning over the migration
Hot air ballooning over the migration - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Viewing the migration from above
Viewing the migration from above - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Aerial view of the wildebeest migration
Aerial view of the wildebeest migration - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
- Video by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
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Good herds and Mara River crossings in the north

10 Nov 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel,

Whilst some big herds have already reached the central Serengeti, we are still enjoying some good herds in the north and some crossings. This one taken yesterday lasting a while. Lots of cats still around also and fat crocodiles.

Regards,
Lemala Kuria Hills
 

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Lemala Camps
Mara River crossings in the north
Mara River crossings in the north - Image by Lemala Camps
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Long lines of wildebeest in Seronera

09 Nov 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel

We just flew into Seronera and saw long lines of wildebeest streaming in from the north-west into the Seronera area. Our guests enjoying big herds in Seronera as well as nearer towards Naabi Gate numbering 5000 plus.

There are also big herds in the Western Corridor. Looks like the migration is hitting Seronera now heading down to Ndutu.

Warm Regards
Lemala Ewanjan
 

wildebeest-migration-in-seronera
Wildebeest migration in Seronera - Image by Lemala Ewanjan
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The Mara savannah is full of activity as the big herds move south

09 Nov 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

The Mara savannah is full of activities even after the big herds went back home, a few resident / Loita zebra are enjoying the new fresh short grass.

Topi and hartebeest are busy dropping their babies as the calving season gets underway and we've also had good sightings of the big cats with babies.

Regards,
Onesmus
 

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Topi in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Large numbers being seen as guests drive from Seronera to Four Seasons

06 Nov 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

No rain for a couple of days, but the area around the Lodge is getting greener by the day. Long lines of wildebeest can be seen in the distance heading south, and large numbers being seen as guests drive from Seronera to Four Seasons, with several carcasses being washed up in the Orangi River.

One of our guides - Priscus Sulle - took this photo yesterday as a long line heading south ,around the Maasai Kopje's area, and he said that there are wildebeest as far south as Simba Kopjes.

Cheers
Oli
 

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Long lines of wildebeest from Seronera to Four Seasons - Image by Priscus Sulle
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The first zebra, wildebeest and eland have arrived in Ndutu!

04 Nov 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Dear Carel

Greetings from Ndutu once again. It feels good to be able to send in some news after so long. The first zebra, wildebeest and eland have arrived in Ndutu. 

Small groups have been spotted out on the Triangle, Caracal Plateau, small Marsh, coming in from Hidden Valley direction. Not so many yet but it is a start.

The rains have been good too out on the plains and already the mud has caused a few problems.

All the best,
Ainslie

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The migration has arrived in Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Lots of resident zebra south of Rekero, Rongai / Posee Plains all the way to Lookout Hill

04 Nov 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

No more crossings, all the gnu's went to the conservancies with lots of resident zebra south of Rekero, Rongai / Posee Plains all the way to Lookout Hill.

Regards,
Onesmus

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The herds have split themselves as far south as the Seronera airstrip

04 Nov 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel,

Its been raining heavily around the Serengeti and many of the herds have split themselves with a few reaching as far south as Seronera airstrip and far west as Sasakwa airstrip. The entire Serengeti has taken a lush green colour and the wildebeests are loving it.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation,
Arusha
 

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Scattered herds of wildebeest around the Seronera airstrip and the Maasai Kopjes area

Dear Carel

This morning big rains in the Sero area...

Scattered herds of wildebeest approximately 200 in each herd from Sero airstrip, Maasai Kopjes area, main road to Lake Magadi and past Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

Most of the herds are heading towards Lake Magadi / Naabi area. Yesterday our staff reported large herds between Naabi Gate and the Hippo Pool close to Sero.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Massive crossing close to Entim Camp

02 Nov 2015 from Entim Mara Camp

Hi Carel

On Saturday, we witnessed this massive crossing close to our Entim Camp in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The herds crossed from West to East.

Regards,
Sammy

- Video by Sammy Kaleku
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Rainfall statistics at the Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Hi Carel. 

Our first rain started on 22 October with 5.5 mm

Since then:

  • 23 October - 1.5 mm
  • 24 October - 4 mm
  • 25 October - 0.5 mm
  • 26 October - 2 mm
  • 27 October - 0 mm
  • 28 October - 7 mm
  • 29 October - 10.5 mm
  • 30 October - 12 mm
  • 31 October - 27 mm
  • 1 November - 0 mm

When we were in the Mara in September we told them to come back to Moru... and here they are!

Cheers,
Tom
 

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Big herds between Ikoma Gate and Seronera

02 Nov 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Morning Carel,

We've had some good rains again the past two afternoons and things are greening up. The big herds are still around our access road and along the main road between Ikoma Gate and Seronera.

Yesterday, our guests enjoyed flying over big herds of wildebeest with Serengeti Balloon Safaris in the Seronera area.

Cheers,
Oli

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Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at number 7, 8 and 9

02 Nov 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

I took this footage of the herds crossing the Mara River at crossing points 7, 8 and 9 yesterday morning.

Regards,
Alex

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Scattered herds around the Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Dear Carel,

We have had rain the last few days, yesterday 12mm.

Zebra are gathering in large herds around the Seronera / Lake Magadi junction.  This morning wildebeest in small herds of approx 200 per herd were seen from Sopa Lodge to main road.

Around Dunia and Serengeti Pioneer Camp, scattered herds amounting to around 1000 wildebeest, moving quickly to Moru Area.

Kind Regards,
Alison & Tom
 

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Woodlands Camp

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Tucked within a grassy corridor that links the Lake Ndutu area with the Moru Kopjes and Hidden Valley is the seasonal Woodlands Camp. During the calving season, this area is teaming with wildebeest as hundreds of thousands of pregnant females converge to give birth. While most properties are compacted in a central location, Woodlands Camp is slightly removed from the main tourist venue, allowing for more privacy without sacrificing access to this awe-inspiring event.

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2 km

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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. 

The dining area at Olakira, Tanzania

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Olakira Mobile Camp

$ 759

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

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

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Ndutu Wilderness Camp

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

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Camp Zebra

$ 495

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Like the animal it is named after, Camp Zebra follows the wildebeest migration to the northern part of the Serengeti National Park in June, July, August, September, October and November; and to the southern part of the park from December till March. Camp Zebra is closed from the middle of April till the end of May each year.

Camp Zebra consists of six accommodation tents, each of which can be used for single, double (or twin) or triple occupancy. Each sleeping tent consists of a bedroom area, dressing area and ensuite shower and toilet. The dressing area, shower and toilet are all “open air” so as to heighten the experience of living as one with your surroundings. Despite being able to enjoy some breathtaking views as you prepare yourself for the day ahead, privacy is still assured due to the clever design of our tents. As an added convenience, each tent is provided with sufficient electricity for lighting as well as for charging mobile telephones, cameras, tablets, laptop computers or any other electronic devices you may carry with you.

Camp Zebra is Serengeti camping at its finest. The mobile nature of the camp makes it easy to follow the wildebeest herds as they complete their long journey, ensuring the best wildlife sightings during the incredible Great Migration in Tanzania. See our HerdTracker app for the latest migration updates.