July 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Action at the Mara River’s cul de sac crossing point

27 Jul 2016 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Rekero Camp guide Onesmus Irungu took these images of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point. 

Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at the cul de sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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All action at the Mara River’s main crossing point

21 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

It was all action at the Mara River's main crossing point as wildebeest and zebra took the plunge, a lioness from the Paradise Pride was also there, taking down a wildebeest and a crocodile also took one wildebeest.

Photos are courtesy of Moses Manduku, Governors Camp Head Driver-Guide.

 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
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Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point

18 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

After lunch, we headed over to the main crossing point, hoping to see a large crossing. We paused briefly to take a picture of wildebeest and zebra which are now just outside Governors’ Camp. As we arrived at the main crossing point on the Mara River, four zebra were half way across the river. They all made it safely to the other side.

When the zebra and wildebeest refused to cross, a young zebra led three other back across to the other side, perhaps to show the others how safe it was. After a few minutes, a large group of zebra gathered at the rivers edge, had a quick drink, and decided the time was right to cross. The zebra lead the charge, and made it across the river with apparent ease. Some young zebra struggled slightly to keep their heads above water but all made it across safely.

Moses, our guide, spotted a crocodile approaching. This crocodile appeared to be an inexperienced hunter, but with so many opportunities, it was unlikely to be hungry at the end of the day. The croc eventually managed to take down a zebra. The crossing paused momentarily and the animals gathered on the banks, looking nervously at the water.

One zebra decided to try another crossing point slightly further upstream and a large herd of wildebeest and zebra gathered behind. The zebra climbed in, swam half way and then decided to come back. We then returned to the other crossing point and hundreds of zebra, wildebeest and even topi crossed the river.

On the way back to camp we stopped and watched an approaching herd of elephants. They raised their trunks in the air, picking up scents in the distance. A group of vultures alerted us to a kill not too far away. We passed two lions feeding on a young wildebeest. The vultures were gathered near to another carcass, which three hyenas were feasting on. With the migration having arrived, there is plenty of food to go around for the predators of the Masai Mara.

William Slynn 
Governors’ Camp

Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
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Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point

15 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

Yesterday afternoon, large herds of wildebeest and zebra both resident and migratory had moved from the Topi Plains and Malima Tatu areas and into the East Marsh, Bila Shaka and Musiara grasslands.

Yesterday evening, a large crossing of wildebeest and zebra were seen going from west to east at the main crossing point, four wildebeest were taken by the resident crocodile, one yearling wildebeest that was caught by a crocodile struggled and kicked, it was able to get away with the crocodile only on its tail.

Photos are attached. 

Kind regards,
Ariana
Governors' Camps
 

Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
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Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill

14 Jul 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Here are some images of the herds crossing the Mara River at the Look-out Hill crossing point.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus

Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill
Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill
Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Wildebeest, topi and zebra cross the Talek River

11 Jul 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Wildebeest, topi and zebra crossed the Talek River yesterday, 100 metres from the dining area at Rekero Asilia Camp.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus

Wildebeest, topi and zebra cross the Talek River
- Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Big herds located between Kogatende and Lobo

09 Jul 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker,

Big herds have moved north with the majority located between Kogatende and Lobo.

Thanks and Regards,
Captain Joel

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An estimated 500,000 animals are between the Sand River and Burrangat Plains

04 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

Large herds of wildebeest and some zebra have crossed into the Rongai depression and are also moving across the Posee and Burrangat plains in long files.

There are concentrations of wildebeest massing on the short grass areas that were burnt earlier in the year. An estimated 500,000 animals are between the Sand River and the Burrangat Plains.

Kind regards,
Ariana
 

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The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill

01 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

Our guests and guides took a drive out to find the first wildebeest from the migration and found them at Look Out Hill.

There were great sightings of Blackie and the Madomo pride and a young male leopard close to double crossing.

Photos are courtesy of Moses Manduku, Governors Camp head guide. 

The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill - Image by Moses Manduku
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill - Image by Moses Manduku
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill - Image by Moses Manduku
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill - Image by Moses Manduku

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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2 km

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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.