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

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Woodlands Camp

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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.

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Chaka Camp

279

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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

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Olakira Mobile Camp

$ 759

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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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Ndutu Wilderness Camp

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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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Camp Zebra

$ 495

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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.