January 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Amazing GoPro close-up of a wildebeest at Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Kusini

27 Jan 2016 from Alex Walker's Serian

Alex Walker sent us this stunning image taken by Chris Stamper using a GoPro Hero 4 close to Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Kusini.

GoPro close-up of a wildebeest at Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Kusini
GoPro close-up of a wildebeest at Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Kusini - Image by Chris Stamper
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Snapshots of the wildebeest migration in Ndutu

26 Jan 2016 from Lemala Camps

Lemala Camps sent us these wonderful images of the herds close to their tented camp in Ndutu!

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Heavy rains continue to fill Topi Plains

26 Jan 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Heavy rains continues to fill the plains, at Topi Plains north of Rekero Camp.

Male topi's have started to show signs of lekking, displaying and shadow boxing hoping to please and win the females heart, meanwhile lions and hyenas are having a field day as the topi's are busy courting and forgetting the enemy is just few meters away.

Regards,
Onesmus
 

Lions feed on a topi kill
Lions feed on a topi kill - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Topis keep an eye out for any predators
Topis keep an eye out for any predators - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Why you should visit the Masai Mara in July 2016

22 Jan 2016 from Timothy Leperes Laur

Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association member Timothy Leperes Laur sent us these amazing images of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the Lookout Hill Crossing Point in the Mara Reserve, Kenya in July 2015.

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The migration returns to Ndutu

20 Jan 2016 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker,

Continuing good rains have brought the migration out of the southern woodlands and back to the Ndutu area. Today, the plains out on the triangle, and north of the main road were full, full, full.

Here at the lodge, we have no need to travel far, as it all comes to us!

Regards,
Ainslie

Zebra grazing close to the Ndutu Safari Lodge
Zebra grazing close to the Ndutu Safari Lodge - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Main herd on the Ndutu Plains

19 Jan 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker,

There are plenty of wildebeest in Ndutu on the plains. The main herd is here however, there's also a smaller herd down in the marsh areas infront of Lemala and near the lakes.

Regards,
Veronica


 

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First baby wildebeest spotted in Naabi

Hi HerdTracker

We just had guests arrive at Serengeti Pioneer Camp via Naabi.

They advised huge herds around Naabi area, some in the Ndutu area. First baby wildebeest spotted today in amongst the herds.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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The migration is close to the Kusini airstrip

14 Jan 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker

Here's a few photos of Kusini airstrip just a few days ago. 

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation,
Arusha


 

Wildebeest close to the Kusini Airstrip
Wildebeest close to the Kusini Airstrip - Image by Captain Joel J Fernandes
The migration is currently situated near the Kusini Airstrip
The migration is currently situated near the Kusini Airstrip - Image by Captain Joel J Fernandes
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1000’s of zebra around Naabi

Hi HerdTracker,

I just received news that there are 1000's of zebra around the Naabi area this afternoon.

Kind Regards,
Alison

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Biggest concentrations are currently in the Kusini area

11 Jan 2016 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

We are flying a balloon daily in Serengeti South. Launching at dawn we have been floating over some enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra every day. The biggest concentrations are currently in the Kusini area (this has been our landing area for the last couple of weeks).

Best wishes,
Tony

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Wildebeest stretching from the Kusini Airstrip heading to Ndutu

Hi HerdTracker,

Today, there are wildebeest stretching from the Kusini Airstrip heading to Ndutu. Good size numbers around 100,000 scattered herds heading from the Maswa Game Reserve to Kusini.

We've had rain this afternoon at SPC - 49mm in 1 hour.  Rain stretched from Kusini, Moru to Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Most of the migration is now in the Ndutu and Kusini

05 Jan 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker,

Most of the migration is now in the Ndutu and Kusini area and slowly moving south. 

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation,
Arusha

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Loita wildebeest and zebra roaming freely at the Naboisho Conservancy

05 Jan 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

Lots of resident / Loita wildebeest and zebra roaming freely at the Naboisho Conservancy. We anticipate that the gnu's will start dropping their babies soon as it has been the tradition (late January to March).

There are also plenty of herbivores - Grants gazelle, Thomsons gazelle, elands, impala in the acacia woodland bushes.

Regards
Onesmus
 

Zebra, Thomson's gazelle and impala in Naboisho
Zebra, Thomson's gazelle and impala in Naboisho - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest in the Naboisho Conservancy
Wildebeest in the Naboisho Conservancy - Image by Onesmus Irungu
The Loita wildebeest in Naboisho
The Loita wildebeest in Naboisho - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Scattered groups of 1000 to 3000 between Kusini airport and Lake Ndutu

Hi HerdTracker, 

Our guide Jackson reports various scattered groups of 1000 to 3000 between Kusini airport and Lake Ndutu, heading towards the lake. There are a few zebra among the herds as well.

It's dry here in Moru. We haven't had any rain since 22 December, apart from 1mm on January 1st.

Regards,
Tom
 

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.