August 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Crossings are almost happening everyday at points number 4 and 7

31 Aug 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker,

The experience at Mara is fantastic about the game we even had a kill in front of the tent number three. Big cats are available too. Yesterday the leopard was spotted at around the Olakira Kopjes.

Crossings are almost happening everyday at points number 4,7 and a little bit happened at number 2 this week.

Kind regards,
Greg

Wildebeest carcass in front of tent number three at Lemala Kuria Hills
Wildebeest carcass in front of tent number three at Lemala Kuria Hills - Image by Lemala Camps
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Wildebeest migration heading towards the Mara River

24 Aug 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Guests at Lemala Kuria Hills were able to experience a lovely group of wildebeest directly from the main areas and the privacy of their private decks of this group heading to the river for their crossing.

Thank you to Anita Els,  Managers in camp that were able to capture this from the dining room.

Thanks,
Lemala Camps

Wildebeest migration heading towards the Mara River
Wildebeest migration heading towards the Mara River - Image by Anita Els
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The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River

22 Aug 2016 from Governors' Camp

Herds from the wildebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River. Yesterday morning they gathered at an area called deadly crossing point. Then suddenly a lioness appeared cutting the herds in two. In panic one group as forced to cross the Mara river whilst the other group ran back towards the plains. It was a very quick crossing each fighting not to be at the back.

Moses Manduku Governors Camp, Head Driver - Guide.

The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River
The widebeest migration continue to cross the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku

Dramatic images of the migration at the Mara River’s main crossing point

20 Aug 2016

Kenya safari guide Timothy Leperes Laur sent us these stunning images of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the main crossing point. 

- 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
- 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
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Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara

20 Aug 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker,

There are lots of wildebeest and zebra's hanging around our camp waiting to cross. Giving our guests lots to look at.  Nice crossing at points number four and number two today. Will keep you updated.

Warm regards,
Greg 
Lemala Mara Camp Manager

Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara
Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara - Image by Lemala Camps
Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara
Lots of wildebeest and zebra around Lemala Mara - Image by Lemala Camps
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Herds crossing upstream and downstream close to the Kogatende Airstrip

16 Aug 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker

The herds are crossing upstream and downstream close to the Kogatende Airstrip, heading both north and south.

Kind Regards,

John

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10,000 wildebeest cross the Mara River - heading towards Bila Shaka

11 Aug 2016 from Governors' Camp

There was a large crossing yesterday morning of around 10,000 Wildebeest and a few Zebra.

The evening before there was a huge herd that crossed the airstrip at 5.30 pm, they had come from the east marsh areas and were headed straight to the south bank of the Bila Shaka and joined up with an equally large herd, some of these had crossed that night although it was much of this herd that crossed the Mara river yesterday morning. There are still a few left on Paradise Plains and these may well cross today.

Photos are courtesy of Governors Il Moran Camp guest J. Plisnier

A huge herd builds up close to the crossing site
A huge herd builds up close to the crossing site - Image by J. Plisnier
The widebeest begin to file down towards the crossing site
The widebeest begin to file down towards the crossing site - Image by J. Plisnier
Wildebeest massing close to the Mara River
Wildebeest massing close to the Mara River - Image by J. Plisnier
Testing the waters
Testing the waters - Image by J. Plisnier
They begin to cross
They begin to cross - Image by J. Plisnier
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River - Image by J. Plisnier
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River - Image by J. Plisnier
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River
Wildebeest migration cross the Mara River - Image by J. Plisnier
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20,000 wildebeest crossed coming from the Trans Mara area towards Governors’ Il Moran

05 Aug 2016 from Governors' Camp

Migration update from Governors' Camps

There was chaos at the crossing site. An estimated 20,000 wildebeest crossed coming from the Trans Mara area towards us. Three were taken by crocodile and two were trampled as they tried to scramble up the steep rocks on the Eastern bank.

Then out of nowhere lioness Jicho appeared on the far bank. She charged into the herds trying to take a wildebeest, three times she tried and on the final attempt was overrun by a mass of wildebeest, chaos ensued and she had to scramble up the bank to safety!

Photos courtesy of Patrick Reynolds, Governors Il Moran Camp Manager.

Jicho climbs for safety
Jicho climbs for safety - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Wildebeest at the Mara River
Wildebeest at the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
20,000 wildebeest cross the Mara River
20,000 wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Jicho climbs up the Mara River bank
Jicho climbs up the Mara River bank - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
The herds at the Mara River
The herds at the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Wildebeest jump into the Mara River
Wildebeest jump into the Mara River - Image by Patrick Reynolds
Wildebeest running on the banks of the Mara River
Wildebeest running on the banks of the Mara River - Image by
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Big herds moved south west from Rongai area to the Mara Triangle Conservancy

04 Aug 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

There are big herds patrolling the Savannah. the main crossing and cul de sac crossing points were deserted as the big herds moved south west from Rongai area to the Mara Triangle Conservancy.

A small herd crossed from the Mara Triangle to the Mara Reserve at the Kichwa Tembo crossing point.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

The herds in the Mara Triangle Conservancy
The herds in the Mara Triangle Conservancy - Image by Onesmus Irungu
The herds in the Mara Triangle Conservancy
The herds in the Mara Triangle Conservancy - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Crossings at Lookout Hill

04 Aug 2016 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa guide Timothy Leperes Laur took these images of a crossing at Lookout Hill.

Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Crossings at Lookout Hill
Crossings at Lookout Hill - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 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.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

10 km

from herd

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

$ 800

per person per night

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

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10 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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

11 km

from herd

Governors' Camp

280

per person per night

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.

Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp. 

Serengeti Wilderness Camp Tent Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

11 km

from herd

Serengeti Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

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.

Comprising just ten spacious tents, we provide comfortable beds and quality linen, with en suite eco-friendly toilet and bush-shower off an intimate dressing room area. Lighting is by 12-volt (solar powered) with bedside lamps provided. The tents each have a shady verandah, where guests may relax and read quietly or perhaps watch birds and animals.