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

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.