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

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.