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

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 km

from herd

Wayo Green Camp

$ 326

per person per night

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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

3 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.

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3 km

from herd

Kimondo Camp

$ 714

per person per night

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.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.