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

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1 km

from herd

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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2 km

from herd

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

2 km

from herd

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

Price on Request

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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3 km

from herd

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.