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.
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.
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.
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
The Loita herds at the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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.
The wildebeest migration on the southern plains - Image by Ian Kiwelu
Lionesses chase a cheetah in the southern Serengeti - Image by Ian Kiwelu
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.
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
Wildebeest migration on the southern plains - Image by Ainslie Wilson
Cheetah watches the wildebeest migration - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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.
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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!
Scattered groups of wildebeest along the Four Seasons access road - Image by Oliver Dreike
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 - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
The migration in Seronera - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Wildebeest on the Serengeti's southern plains - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Large herds of wildebeest in Seronera - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
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 - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Lionesses fighting over a carcass - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Lionesses with a wildebeest kill - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
A lion pride in Seronera - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Two lionesses with a wildebeest carcass - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
A lioness carries the wildebeest carcass - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
The reflection of the hot air balloon - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Hot air ballooning in Seronera - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Hot air ballooning over the migration - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Viewing the migration from above - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Aerial view of the wildebeest migration - Image by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
- Video by Amanda Strowbridge, Serengeti Balloon Safaris
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.
Lemala Kuria Hills
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Lemala Camps
Mara River crossings in the north - Image by Lemala Camps
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.
Wildebeest migration in Seronera - Image by Lemala Ewanjan
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.
Long lines of wildebeest from Seronera to Four Seasons - Image by Priscus Sulle
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
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.
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The world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park measures close to 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles). And Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of it all.
In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. Our Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation
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.
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Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.
The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
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Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to a new location. We work under Park’s guidelines and the camp is truly eco-friendly.
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