April 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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The migration is scattered around the central Serengeti

26 Apr 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

Our Ranger Safaris guides have been reporting that the migration has been scattered around the central parts of the Serengeti. Here's what our guide Mohamed had to say: 

"A week ago when I was there, part of the migration were in the woodland of between Kusini and Moru Kopjes, and part of it was in Soroi Eerie heading the direction of north. With the changes in weather patterns, it is bit harder to know where exactly the bigger herds are heading."

Regards,
Ali Moledina 
 

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Large herds spotted south-east of Seronera airstrip

25 Apr 2016 from Regional Air Tanzania

Good morning HerdTracker,

On Saturday, we spotted large herds approximately 30 - 50 km east, south east of Seronera airstrip. There's also a smaller herd is also already in the Lobo area.

Kind regards,
Jarrod

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Images of the migration is close to the Mbalageti Safari Camp

21 Apr 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker,

We still have few groups around the Mbalageti Safari Camp and in the area surrounding us. Here are some images of the wildebeest migration close to our camp.
 
Kind regards,
Shamez 
 

The migration is close to the Mbalageti Safari Camp
The migration is close to the Mbalageti Safari Camp - Image by Shamez R
Wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti
Wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez R
The migratory herds close to Mbalageti
The migratory herds close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez R
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The migration is mostly around Seronera

18 Apr 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker, 

The migration is mostly around Seronera to the north side. There are a few small groups much further north also.

Thanks and Regards,
Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
 

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The herds are close to the Naabi gate

Hi HerdTracker

The herds are at Mawe ya Masai, close to the Naabi gate. They mostly covering the south east of the Serengeti

Regards,
Simon
 

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Thousands of wildebeest close to Namiri Plains

18 Apr 2016 from Asilia Africa

Yesterday, the guests at Namiri Plains Camp were treated to a view of thousands of wildebeest just bordering the camp. Here are some of the images. 

Guests viewing the migration at Namiri Plains
Guests viewing the migration at Namiri Plains - Image by Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
The wildebeest migration outside Namiri Plains
The wildebeest migration outside Namiri Plains - Image by
Thousands of wildebeest at Namiri Plains
Thousands of wildebeest at Namiri Plains - Image by Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
The great migration is close to Namiri Plains
The great migration is close to Namiri Plains - Image by Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
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The migration is close to Mbalageti Serengeti

13 Apr 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker,

At present, we have herds in groups close to the camp and the surrounding areas.

Kind Regards,
Shamez 

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A couple of thousand wildebeest arrived between Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Moru Kopjes

Hi HerdTracker,

A quick update - this afternoon, a couple of thousand wildebeest arrived between Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Moru Kopjes.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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The migration is on the Dutwa Plains

04 Apr 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker,

As I headed back from Arusha with our driver guide Moses, we spotted the migration on the Dutwa Plains. We can see the herds from on of the chalets at our lodge.

I will keep you posted over the next two months.

Best Regards,
Shamez R

The migration is on the Dutwa Plains
The migration is on the Dutwa Plains - Image by Shamez R
The wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti
The wildebeest migration close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez R
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The long rains have started

03 Apr 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

It looks like the new month has come with rains in the Greater Mara ecosystem. The fauna and flora seems to be enjoying the drip, this could be the beginning of the long rains season (April-May).

The dominant red-oat grass should soon rise and in return attract thousands of wildebeest and zebra from Serengeti.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus

The Loita migration in Naboisho
The Loita migration in Naboisho - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Zebra in Naboisho
Zebra in Naboisho - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Snapshots of a storm in Olare Motorogi

01 Apr 2016 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa safari guide Timothy Leperes Laur sent us these breathtaking images of a storm in Kenya's Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya.

- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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1 km

from herd

Woodlands Camp

Price on Request

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

from herd

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

2 km

from herd

Olakira Mobile Camp

$ 759

per person per night

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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2 km

from herd

Ndutu Wilderness Camp

Price on Request

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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3 km

from herd

Camp Zebra

$ 495

per person per night

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.