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

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

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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

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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.