MakeItKenya.com Photographer Stuart Price took these wonderful images of the wildlife in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya,
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The Mara River main crossings are continuing on a daily basis and the herds are still heading south. There are clouds forming every evening but very slight showers, we anticipate more rains in the coming days.
A few herds have been crossing Talek River near Rekero camp also headed south.
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wonderful crossing just before lunch today, 4 hours of wildebeest crossing at No1 on the western side of Lemala Mara and we estimate 500 000 animals crossed, we only had 1 other vehicle there so a wonderful crossing.
Lemala Mara Trainee guide
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Miraji Gwau
We witnessed lots and lots of wildebeest crossing for hours at the Mara River main crossing heading south to the Mara Triangle most likely to the salt lick.
There are long lines of wildebeest from Musiara Marsh,Topi Plains across Paradise Plain to the Mara River. This evening, we had some rain in the Eastern Mara to Roan Hills which most likely might change the movement of wildebeest.
Wildebeest jump into the Mara River - Image by Pius Koyianto
Yesterday morning at the Mara River Main crossing point and the Cul De Sac crossing point, the herds started making their way across at 08:00 a.m and went on for better part of the day.
The herds seem to have made the big decision of heading back south (Serengeti) although some are stopping at Ngiro Are area (Mara Triangle Conservancy) for a salt lick session which a very important mineral for the pregnant wildebeests mamas.
This evening we had showers coming from south.
Dust in the air - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest prepare to cross the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
There are more herds still headed south. We saw a big crossing today at the Mara River main crossing point and as usual, they are crossing over from Mara Reserve to the Mara Triangle Conservancy then moving to the Serengeti in Tanzania.
A good number of wildebeest are enjoying the salt licks in the Ngiro-Are area, with a few herds still at Musiara Marsh area (North of Rhino Ridge) and also in the Hammerkop area (south).
Big crossing at the Mara River main crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
The savannah is getting dry and dusty. There are a few herds strolling the short grass plains of Paradise (west). We've seen great river crossings at both the Cul De Sac and the Main Mara River crossing points.
The herds are heading back to Serengeti, this year we have experienced a very short Migration period (August-September) here in Masai Mara.
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
This morning there were two crossings at the cul de sac all going south west, the first crossing was at 08:00 a.m. with an estimated 10,000 animals crossing and the second crossing was at 10:30 a.m. with an estimated 100,000 animals crossing.
Guides are saying that the last crossing at 10:30 a.m. was the largest seen at any one time in many years. A few were taken by crocodile and many succumbed to being trodden and died whilst try to cross and clamber up the rocks on the west bank of the Mara River.
It was a very dusty atmosphere particularly when large numbers of ungulates congregate such as this morning. Later on, there were still many wildebeest and zebra massing towards the mara river in long lines.
The rains have started to pour again in the Mara Reserve yesterday morning. A good number of gnus, zebras and topi's crossed at Mara River Main Crossing point and also at Look-out hill crossing point (from north to south).
A crocodile had a change of diet when he caught a topi. A few thousand can still seen around Musiara Marsh area and we spotted a bigger herd at the Mara / Serengeti border towards Ngiro-Are side (Mara Triangle Conservancy).
Topi and wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
This morning at 10:45 a.m. at the Cul de sac crossing point there was a huge crossing of wildebeest, with some topi and zebra. They built up for over three hours before deciding to cross.
It was the topi who started the crossing followed by the wildebeest then the zebra. They crossed in a dense mass from east to south west for over 25 minutes this may well be an estimate of 10,000 + animals. One topi was taken and five wildebeest, the crocodile were very active at this crossing.
Further downstream there was another crossing at 11:55 a.m. the wildebeest crossed again from the east to south west at the main rocky crossing below Serena, an estimated 2,000-3,000 crossed there.
Migration crossing the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Due to the current rains around the north of Serengeti / Mara, there are herds of wildebeest scattered all around the Lemai areas heading back towards the south west of the Mara River, where they crossed at Number 0,1 and 4.
I spotted a few other herds all scattered around Lemai Plains!
Firozdin, Ranger Safaris Guide
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Firozdin
Migration crossing the Mara River - Image by Firozdin
Wildebeest on the Lemai Plains - Image by Firozdin
We have been experiencing good rains every evening, big herds stretching from Paradise Plains, east and south of Rhino Ridge all the way to Mara River, yesterday the herds crossed Mara River at Chinese Hill crossing point.
We witnessed a crossing this morning on the Mara River at Chinese Hill at 10.00 a.m which lasted for 15 minutes. An estimated 600 wildebeest crossed from West to East.
There are still good numbers of wildebeest on Paradise Plains, Rhino Ridge and south Bila Shaka. Since the recent light rains in the last 24 hours, many wildebeest that were on the east Musiara Plains and north Marsh have moved up north east into the Mara conservation areas.
There are also good numbers in the northern Bila Shaka and east Topi Plains. Guides reporting back from the Trans Mara conservancy have indicated huge numbers aligning the Oloololo escarpment, good grazing is still available.
Wildebeest in south Bila Shaka - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Just wanted to share the attached photo with you. Wonderful view as you drive down the Oloololo Escarpment into the Mara Triangle upon our private road from Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge. The Mara plains are dotted with wildebeest.
Mara Triangle full of wildebeest - Image by Amanda Lucas
This morning at 10:30 a.m until 14:30 p.m there were many, in fact, huge numbers of wildebeest crossing at the main crossing points below Serena.
Most of these crossings were coming from the Trans Mara in the west, although earlier on at 09:30 a.m, there were a few zebra and wildebeest that crossed from the east to the west side.
Interestingly, some of those that crossed from the east to the west then joined up with those coming from the west side that were rushing down to the river in long columns. Guides and guests were coming back this evening saying they saw at least four different crossing during the late morning and early afternoon.
There were an estimated 5,000 - 10,000 that crossed this morning at various points at the main crossing areas. Four wildebeest were taken by crocodiles.
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Wildebeest coming from Rhino Ridge - Image by Patrick Reynolds
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.