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

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Woodlands Camp

Price on Request

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

per person per night

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

per person per night

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

per person per night

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.