October 2015 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Impressive numbers of wildebeest below Lookout Hill and along the Sand River

31 Oct 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

Impressive numbers of wildebeest on both side of the Mara River below Lookout Hill and along Sand River. There were about 20,000 building up for a crossing yesterday although maybe 5000 had already crossed during the morning.

Central Mara plains are now packed again with wildebeest in some places, we probably saw around 50,000 gnus in total yesterday on our morning drive and currently have a small herd of several hundred grazing in front of our mess.

Cheers,
Mark

 

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The herds are all over the Lamai Plains

31 Oct 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

HI Carel

I just took this image of the wildebeest migration close to the Lamai Serengeti Camp. 

Kind Regards,
Alex

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The wildebeest migration in Lamai - Image by Alex Walker
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Over half a million wildebeest in the Serengeti Lamai area

30 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

I talked to a guide who is currently in the Masai Mara a few minutes ago. He says the gnu's are in the Lamai area of the Serengeti, over half a million of them.

The Mara Triangle is also littered with them, with huge herds crossing at Chinese Hill, 7km west of Rekero Camp.

Regards,
Onesmus

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The short rains have started in Ndutu

29 Oct 2015 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi Carel,

The rain has started falling out on the plains to the west of us and yesterday reached Makao Plains, Caracal Plateau, the Marshes and Long Gully turned into a river.

It seems like the rain dance you did for Ndutu worked once again! 

Thanks
Ainslie

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Flooding on the southern Serengeti plains - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Rain in Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Wildebeest are between the Kogatende and Nyamalumbwa areas

29 Oct 2015 from Nomad Tanzania

Hi Carel

We've had daily localised showers helping the grass stay lush and green here in the northern Serengeti. We spotted the herds between the Kogatende and Nyamalumbwa areas

The herds have started moving to the southern plains though, as many of our travellers staying at the Lamai and Serengeti Safari Camp have seen the herds make their way back into the Serengeti from the Masai Mara.

Regards,
Tara

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The wildebeest herds have started to head south - Image by Nomad Tanzania
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5000 wildebeest cross the Mara River below Lookout Hill

29 Oct 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

There was a crossing at the Mara River yesterday below Lookout Hill of about 5000 wildebeest and another this morning of about the same.

There are still about 10,000 gnus south of Serena on the Triangle side, although very spread out and seems they might cross over into the main reserve in the next few days.

Cheers,
Mark

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Massive herds of zebra and wildebeest between Seronera and Ikoma

29 Oct 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi Carel 

I just heard from guests driving in from Frankfurt Zoological Society in Seronera that there are massive herds of zebra and wildebeest heading this way and south. They found them all along our access road and the main road between Seronera and Ikoma about 15 km from Four Seasons. 

Some good rains the past few days seems to have brought them this way from the west. Lets hope they stick around as the grass greens up.

Regards,
Oli 

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Massive crossing from Mara Triangle into the Mara Reserve at Lookout Hill (Serena)

28 Oct 2015 from Mara Intrepids Camp

Hi Carel

Yesterday, 10,000 wildebeest crossed from the Mara Triangle into the Mara Reserve at Lookout Hill.

Here are some images of the crossing.

Kind Regards,
Jay Kang'e,
Mara Intrepids Camp

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Jay Kang'e
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The herds jump in the Mara River - Image by Jay Kang'e
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The wildebeest jump off a steep Mara River Bank - Image by Jay Kang'e
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The wildebeest migration take the plunge into the Mara River - Image by Jay Kang'e
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A line of wildebeest in the Mara River in Kenya. - Image by Jay Kang'e
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Wildebeest make it across the Mara River - Image by Jay Kang'e
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The wildebeest migration move into the Masai Mara - Image by Jay Kang'e
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The herds in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya - Image by Jay Kang'e
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Small scattered herds throughout the central Mara

28 Oct 2015 from The Safari Collection

Hi Carel,

We saw lots of small scattered herds throughout the central Mara south of the Rongai with zebra herds numbering more that the beesties.

No sign of those big herds along the Sand River at Sala’s, just a few groups numbering in the hundreds.

Thanks,
Mark Boyd,
Sala's Camp

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Mara River crossings at number seven

27 Oct 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel

We witnessed a lovely crossing yesterday morning at No 7.  It took well over 15 minutes to complete and there was plenty of noise as you can imagine.

Our guests are seeing some great stuff aside from this including family of cheetah, elephants, lions and cubs and quite a few leopard sightings as well.

Kind Regards,
Veronica Otter,
Lemala Camps
 

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Lemala Camps
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Large herds in Lamai

27 Oct 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

There are large herds are still massed in Lamai following a week of big rain in the area. Some movement north into the triangle with several small Mara River crossings near two, three and five. 

The herds are spread out and feeding on the new grass on the plains of the northern Lamai and Wogakuria. 

Regards,
Alex

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Primary herds are spread between the Lamai and Kogatende airstrips

26 Oct 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel,

Not much movement in the area. A few herds have been said to be be further south. But the primary herds are well spread between Lamai and Kogatende airstrips and southwards.

Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation, Arusha
 

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Cheetah steals hyena’s food!

24 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel

Yesterday morning, only 1 km away from Rekero Camp, a hyena pulled down a topi. A few minutes later, Malaika and her three cubs pushed him away from his delicacy, which is quite rare and uncommon since its always hyenas which are documented stealing cheetah food!

Regards,
Onesmus
 

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Hyena with topi kill in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Cheetah chases hyena away from a kill in the Masai Mara, Kenya - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Cheetah stand around the topi kill in Kenya - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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A lioness hunts a warthog, but a male snatches it away from her!

23 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel.

Heavy rains have started to spread across Mara and its environs. We spotted a few zebra and wildebeest foraging in the savannah.

We watched this lioness hunt a warthog only for the male whom we call Lipstick to snatch it away from her.

Regards,
Onesmus
 

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A lioness hunts a warthog in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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A male snatches the warthog from the Masai Mara, Kenya - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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The migration is littered between the Kogatende and Lamai airstrip

23 Oct 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Jarred

At the moment, the migration is littered between the Kogatende and Lamai airstrip. The rains and the previous burning is keeping the grass fresh enough for the wildebeest to remain in the area. I fear that it may affect the migration patterns in the coming months.

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

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Small herds moving through the Mara North Conservancy

23 Oct 2015 from Governors' Camp

Hi Carel,

Resident wildebeest in small herds are being seen moving through the conservation areas such as the Mara North conservancy.

They are walking slowly in files ponderously in a south westerly direction; the grassland plains they pass through are dry and parched with residual grasses as short as stubble. Rain clouds are building up with scattered showers in isolated areas.

Thanks,
Patrick
 

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Wildebeest moving through the Mara North Conservancy - Image by Patrick Reynolds
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Loita wildebeest moving back and forth within the Musiara areas

22 Oct 2015 from Governors' Camp

Hi Jarred,

There are a few scattered herds of resident Loita wildebeest that are moving back and forth within the Musiara areas.

We also witnessed a small crossing of these resident wildebeest at the main crossing point of an estimated 300 who were going south west two days ago.

There has been intermittent showers of rain on Paradise Plains, although generally the grassland plains are very dry.

Attached is a photo of resident wildebeest that were building up on the Paradise Plains.

Thanks,
Patrick

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Wildebeest on the Paradise Plains in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. - Image by Patrick Reynolds
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The skies have finally opened

20 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

The skies have finally opened in most parts of Mara Reserve and and the conservancies. I spotted this beautiful stallion near Rekero Camp.

Regards
Onesmus
 

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A zebra close to Asilia's Rekero Camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Large herds at the Mara / Serengeti border

20 Oct 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

We’ve seen continued crossings over the past few days at number four headed north.

We've had big rains at Kogatende and over the southern part of the Mara Triangle have brought fresh grass. I can see large herds, 200,000 or so across the plains, mobile and straddling the Mara Serengeti border.

Our internet is not strong enough for images but I’ll ask if one of the guides has some on their phone to send through to you.

Cheers,
Alex
 

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The herds are Serengeti bound

18 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

The stragglers are casually heading back to Serengeti, at look-out hill area. We have started to experience some rains and we expect even more rains in the coming week.

Regards,
Onesmus
 

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The wildebeest migration make their way to the Serengeti - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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The resident / Loita herds are slowly heading south

16 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

A good number of zebras can be seen at south of Rekero Camp (Rongai area). These are the resident / Loita herds slowly heading back home north and east of Mara (Naboisho, Olare Motorogi and Mara North conservancies).

Regards,
Onesmus
 

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Zebra crossing a river in the Rongai area of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point

14 Oct 2015 from Governors' Camp

Hi Carel,

There was a reasonable crossing at the Cul de sac crossing point yesterday, an estimated three hundred crossed going south West. None were taken by crocodile although there were two close shaves.

Kind Regards,
Ariana

Photos are attached. Please credit Maina Wachira Governors Il Moran Camp Guide. 

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Wildebeest and topi crossing the Mara River - Image by Maina Wachira
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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Maina Wachira
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Thomson’s gazelle taken by crocodile

14 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel

Yesterday, a few Thomson's gazelle began to cross the Mara River and one fell prey to a Nile crocodile.

Regards,
Pius OIekoyianto

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Thomson's gazelle falls prey to a crocodile in the Mara River, Kenya - Image by Pius Olekoyianto
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20 minute crossing at the Mara River main crossing point

13 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel

We were waiting for the herds to cross at the Mara River Cul De Sac crossing point when a crocodile decided he had waited long enough in the water so he popped out of the water and everybody bolted.

All in all, we watched a 20 minute crossing at the Mara River main crossing point.

Regards,
Onesmus
 

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Crocodile startles wildebeest and topi at the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Wildebeest and topi - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Sedentary herds feeding on the new flush of grass

13 Oct 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

Storms are brewing. Lots of movement and lots of sedentary herds just feeding on the new flush of grass.

Kind Regards,
Alex

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Cloudy skies - Image by Alex Walker
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Zebra grazing - Image by Alex Walker
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The migration continues to move south

12 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

The migration is still heading south. There's a few herds still hanging near Chinese hill 5 kms west of Rekero Camp the Savannah is quite dry, we have been experiencing thunders and lighting followed by light showers for the last two evenings. 

Regards,
Onesmus

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Wildebeest migration at Chinese Hill - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Resident / Loita herds cross at the main Mara River crossing point

11 Oct 2015 from Governors' Camp

Hi Carel, There were many wildebeest crossing yesterday at the main crossing going south West, these are the resident/loita wildebeest. Photo courtesy of Jurgen Paliko. Thanks, Patrick

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Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River - Image by Jurgen Paliko
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The herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Richard Pye, the Warden of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy sent us this image of one of the many herds heading west through the conservancies.

This looks like the Loita herds as they are not resident by the looks of their condition.

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Wildebeest in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy - Image by Richard Pye
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The herds continue to move south

10 Oct 2015 from Tanganyika Flying Co.

Hi Carel

Here's an aerial image I took of a Mara River crossing near Kogatende last week. The herds have continued to move south at the moment.

Regards,
Jarrod

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Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River - Image by Jarrod Von Kloeg
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Small Mara River crossing at number three

09 Oct 2015 from Lemala Camps

Hi Carel

Small crossing this morning at No 3 seen by our guides from Lemala Mara. Lasted about 8 mins and no excitement as think the crocodiles are still too full from the last crossing.

Warm regards,
Lemala Mara
 

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Jack Lawson
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Mara River crossings - Image by Jack Lawson
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Herds started moving south through Ikorongo and the Grumeti Game Reserve

09 Oct 2015 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hey Carel,

I was just chatting to one of the guides and he told me that over the weekend some big crossings took place and then, during the week the herds started moving south, through Ikorongo and the Grumeti Game Reserve.

There's a large herds towards the west and on the way to Seronera - Retima and Serena as of yesterday afternoon. It also looked like it rained over that way recently, but still pretty dry around us, despite a few showers this past week, so I imagine the herds are looking for greener pastures.

Even so we have has a few smaller herds of zebra and wildebeest visiting our waterhole yesterday and this morning. 

Cheers,
Oli 

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Small herd around the waterhole at the Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Big herds spotted close to the Grumeti and Sasakwa airstrip

08 Oct 2015 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi Carel

Some big herds spotted 2nm of Grumeti and Sasakwa airstrip and tonnes still hanging around Northern Serengeti area just south of the the Sand river near Kogatende.

Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
 

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Large herd around Sasakwa / Singita Grumeti Reserves

08 Oct 2015 from Tanganyika Flying Co.

Hi Carel,

There is a large herd around Sasakwa / Singita Grumeti Reserves with more heading south from Kogatende to join them. Lots of widespread herds around the Serena Seronera hotel area as well.

There are scattered herds arriving from the Mara Triangle.

Regards,
Jarrod

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Images from Day 5 & 6 of #MaraLive

07 Oct 2015 from Make It Kenya

Here are some of the amazing footage that Make It Kenya photographer Stuart Price captured on Day 5 and 6 of #MaraLive - The world's first live web broadcast of the great wildebeest migration from the Masai Mara, Kenya. 

The Persicope broadcasts have ended, but you can still view all the action on the #MaraLive dedicated website

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15 minute crossing at the Mara River main crossing point

06 Oct 2015 from Governors' Camp

Hi Carel,

There was a good crossing lasting 15 minutes at the main crossing below Serena yesterday morning at 8.30am. Wildebeest, Zebra and Topi all crossed at once with Topi leading the crossing all going south west. There was an estimated 2,000 animals that crossed here. Photos courtesy of Kevin Twiddy.

Thanks,
Patrick
 

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Wildebeest and topi crossing the Mara River - Image by Kevin Twiddy
- Video by Kevin Twiddy
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Thousands of wildebeest still in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Hi Carel,

As we hear reports of the migration having departed from the Mara National Reserve, some large tens of thousands of wildebeest are still up on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.

Over the last hot and windy 24 hours these herds have begun lining up and heading south-west towards Rhino Ridge and Topi Plains. If the dry weather persists and they reach the Mara River there will be come big crossings in the week to come.

Richard Pye,
Olare Motorogi Conservancy

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Charlie - the leader - leading the herds as they cross Talek River

03 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

Charlie....the leader.... leading the herds as they cross Talek River Rekero crossing this morning.

Our guests are enjoying both their breakfast and the crossing... talk of double luck, or is it two at a price of one! Ha! 

Regards
Onesmus
 

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Wildebeest crossing the Talek River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Talek River crossings continue

03 Oct 2015 from Asilia Africa

Hi Carel,

Malaika is one of the most famous Cheetahs in Kenya playing hide and seek with the gnu's after they spotted her. Meanwhile the herds kept on crossing Talek River next to Rekero Camp heading south.

Clouds kept forming but no rains yet, the big cats, especially lionesses, are still nursing hangovers from the festive season which is coming to an end.

Regards
Onesmus
 

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Wildebeest and cheetah - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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A lioness with her kill - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Wildebeest migration - Image by Onesmus Irungu

Big crossing at the Serena crossing point - pictures to follow

02 Oct 2015

We witnessed a big crossing at the Serena crossing point this afternoon. The herds moved from north to south. Pictures to follow.

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Herds were seen crossing north to south at Makutano

02 Oct 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel,

Lots of crossings still happening here. Yesterday morning herds were seen crossing North to South at Makutano.  No doubt yesterdays rains will have changed up their direction yet again.

Thanks,
Alex

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Alex Walker
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Big Mara River crossing at number one

02 Oct 2015 from Lemala Camps

Lemala Camps took this wonderful video footage of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at crossing point number 1.

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#MaraLive Day 3 - Exploring the Masai Mara

02 Oct 2015 from Make It Kenya

Today the HerdTracker and Make It Kenya team were joined up by a few CNN reporters - and the sights and sounds of the wildlife in the Masai Mara didn't disappoint.

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Huge storm in Kogatende

01 Oct 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel

A huge storm in Kogatende right now. It's going to stir up lots of business. 

Regards,
Alex

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Mara River crossing action at crossing points 1, 2, 3 and 7

01 Oct 2015 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi Carel

We’ve seen a number of crossings over the last few days headed south at crossing points 1 2 and 3. More at 7 as well.

The full moon brought some rain to the north and the large herds that were at drama mobile and the southwestern part of the Mara Triangle have been headed north. Reports this morning show there are big crossings in the Masai Mara and lots of smaller herds crossing both ways all along the river here in the Serengeti.

Thanks,
Alex

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Wildebeest migration - Image by Alex Walker
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Wildebeest in the Serengeti - Image by Alex Walker
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Balloon Safari in the Masai Mara with Governors’ Camps

01 Oct 2015 from Governors' Camp

Sanjay Gupta of Governors' Camps took these wonderful images of their baloon safari above the Masai Mara National Reserve.

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Hot Air Ballooning in the Masai Mara - Image by Sanjay Gupta
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View from above - Image by Sanjay Gupta
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Hot air balloon safari - Image by Sanjay Gupta
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Group photo from the hot air balloon - Image by Sanjay Gupta
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Stunning views - Image by Sanjay Gupta

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Ngare Serian

$ 640

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This refuge of serenity may not suit those who seek a tame, barren surroundings Rather, it fits the more audacious voyager who seeks out safari's real character. Because of its intimate and select character, Ngare Serian is suited to being set aside in its entirety for family gatherings or close friends on a private basis. Each of the four, tented suites stands on a rich hard wood deck, sat above the burbling Mara river deep in the North Mara Reserve.

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Wayo Green Camp

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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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Karen Blixen Camp

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Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure.

Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with an undisturbed view along the Mara River. The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere. The beautifully laid swimming pool offers relaxation and even a little exercise in-between game drives.

Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and the wildlife coming to drink, whilst exchanging stories about the adventures of the day.

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Kimondo Camp

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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.

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.