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

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.