December 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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The migration is still around Moru

Hi Jarred

Migration is still around Moru, Serengeti Pioneer Camp and the open plains area close to Sopa Lodge.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Loita herds congregating around Sala’s Camp

29 Dec 2016 from The Safari Collection

Hi HerdTracker,

The last big herds of the migration left the south of the Mara about two weeks ago. Lots of wildebeest and zebra still around Sala’s Camp, particularly large herds of zebra.

The remaining wildebeest are from the Loita herds as there has been very little rain to the north of the main reserve.

Thanks,
Mark

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Calving season has started in the Mara North

29 Dec 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

The wildebeests calving season has already begun in Masai Mara, we are spotting mamas with newborn babies everyday here at Mara North, Lemek and Olchorouwa Conservancies. They seem to be ahead of game of their cousins in Serengeti who normally drop their babies in February. 

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Calving season has started in the Mara North
Calving season has started in the Mara North - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Calving season has started in the Mara North
Calving season has started in the Mara North - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Calving season has started in the Mara North
Calving season has started in the Mara North - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Large herds of wildebeest around the Moru Kopjes

Hi HerdTracker

Santa came to Serengeti Pioneer Camp for a short visit and confirmed the following:

Large herds of wildebeest and zebra from Moru Kopies, Serengeti Pioneer Camp down to the road Junction of Sopa Lodge.  Many young zebra amongst the herds.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

Large herds of wildebeest around the Moru Kopjes
Large herds of wildebeest around the Moru Kopjes - Image by Alison Cockerell
Large herds of wildebeest around the Moru Kopjes
Large herds of wildebeest around the Moru Kopjes - Image by Elewana
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Things are quiet in Ndutu

19 Dec 2016 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker

There is nothing happening around Ndutu Lodge at the moment. A small amount of rain late November and early December brought the animals back in, but since the rains have stopped, everything has moved back. Back to where, I dont know. Out towards Twin Hills there are a few wildebeest and zebra but even these are thinning out.

When we get some rain I shall let you know.

Cheers
Ainslie

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Herds around Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Lake Magadi and Moru Kopjes

Hi HerdTracker

We have herds of wildebeest and zebra around Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Lake Magadi and Moru Kopjes.

Every evening/night we can hear the zebra and wildebeest at camp.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Zebra and wildebeest scattered across Ndutu

09 Dec 2016 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker

It's been a peaceful morning at Ndutu. Happy to welcome the zebra and wildebeest back from their wanderings of the Serengeti.

Kind Regards,
Ainslie

The migration in Ndutu
The migration in Ndutu - Image by Ndutu Safari Lodge
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The herds have arrived in Ndutu

09 Dec 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

It's been three days now with big number of the migration in the Ndutu area, providing our guests with great views from our Lemala Ndutu Camp. 

Thanks
Godwin.

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Scattered herds all way from Togoro Plains down to southern Seronera

Hi HerdTracker

There are scattered herds all way from Togoro Plains down to southern Seronera. We also spotted some small herds are around Moru Kopjes too.

Regards,
Simon
 

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.