June 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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The migration is widely spread out from Grumeti to the northern Serengeti

30 Jun 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker

The migration is widely spread out from the Grumeti region with some herds visible in the northern Serengeti.

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

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Large herds close to Sala’s Camp

28 Jun 2016 from The Safari Collection

Hi HerdTracker,

The herds are passing by on a daily basis. Here's a sneak peek at the views that our guest have here at Sala's Camp.

Kind Regards,

Lulu

Large herds close to Sala's Camp - Image by Lulu Clark
Large herds close to Sala's Camp
Large herds close to Sala's Camp - Image by Lulu Clark
Large herds close to Sala's Camp
Large herds close to Sala's Camp - Image by Lulu Clark
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Flying over massive herds of wildebeest and zebra in the Western Corridor

23 Jun 2016 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Hi HerdTracker

We are experiencing outstanding balloon flights over massive herds of wildebeest and zebra in the Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park. 

For the last week or so, our passengers have had the privilege of floating above the great herds for the entire flight of an hour or so.

The same applies on the neighbouring private Singita Grumeti Reserve where guests have also had a similar experience enjoying a unique perspective witnessing the spectacular wildebeest migration from aloft.  Spectacular!

Best wishes.
Tony

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Herds spotted 16km from Mbalageti

22 Jun 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker

One of our guests sent us these images of the migration, approximately 16 kilometres away from Mbalageti.

Kind Regards,

Shamez

Herds spotted 16km from Mbalageti
Herds spotted 16km from Mbalageti - Image by Shamez
Herds spotted 16km from Mbalageti
Herds spotted 16km from Mbalageti - Image by Shamez
Herds spotted 16km from Mbalageti
Herds spotted 16km from Mbalageti - Image by Shamez
Herds spotted 16km from Mbalageti
Herds spotted 16km from Mbalageti - Image by Shamez
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Thirsty gnus invade the Grumeti River

20 Jun 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

Update from Ranger Safaris Guide Jabir on safari:

"We are exploring the western corridor on game drives and spotted the wildebeest migration at the Grumeti River. 

"Thirsty gnus invading the Grumeti River in Serengeti for a sip of water, unbelievable scene unfolding in front of us!"

Regards
Ali Moledina

Wildebeest migration at the Grumeti River
Wildebeest migration at the Grumeti River - Image by Jabir - Ranger Safaris
Wildebeest migration at the Grumeti River
Wildebeest migration at the Grumeti River - Image by Jabir - Ranger Safaris
Wildebeest migration at the Grumeti River
Wildebeest migration at the Grumeti River - Image by Jabir - Ranger Safaris
Wildebeest migration at the Grumeti River
Wildebeest migration at the Grumeti River - Image by Jabir - Ranger Safaris
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Strong movement from north and east

20 Jun 2016 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi HerdTracker,

The last couple of days have seen a strong movement of the wildebeest to the north and east. This undoubtedly means they are shipping out of the Ikorongo/Grumeti complex.

Thanks,
Ryan.

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The first big herds are now spread out along the Tanzanian border

17 Jun 2016 from The Safari Collection

Hi HerdTracker,

The first big herds are now spread out along the Tanzanian border closer to the Mara bridge and some have crossed over the Keekorok / Mara Triangle road.

Small groups of wildebeest and zebras are coming in day by day.

Regards,
Lulu

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Large herd of wildbeest scattered all across the Nyasirori plains

13 Jun 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker 

Update from Ranger Safaris Guide Firoz:

"I'm on game drives in western corridor in Serengeti (Kirawira area). We saw a herd of wildebeest scattered around the mareo areas 60km west of Seronera as the herds head north. Although due to the season most of the area looks very dry and herds are desperately looking for water."

"We saw another large herd of wildbeest scattered all across the Nyasirori plains heading towards the Ikorongo Game Reserve. No rain in the area and most of this areas are very dry."

Regards,
Ali Moledina

The herds are in  the Western Corridor
The herds are in the Western Corridor - Image by Ranger Safaris
The herds are in the Kirawira area
The herds are in the Kirawira area - Image by Ranger Safaris
Large herd of wildbeest scattered all across the Nyasirori plains
Large herd of wildbeest scattered all across the Nyasirori plains - Image by Ranger Safaris
The herds are 60km west of Seronera
The herds are 60km west of Seronera - Image by Ranger Safaris
The wildebeest migration in the Western Corridor
The wildebeest migration in the Western Corridor - Image by Ranger Safaris
The herds are in the Kirawira area
The herds are in the Kirawira area - Image by Ranger Safaris
Large herd of wildbeest scattered all across the Nyasirori plains
Large herd of wildbeest scattered all across the Nyasirori plains - Image by Ranger Safaris
The herds are 60km west of Seronera
The herds are 60km west of Seronera - Image by Ranger Safaris
The herds are in the Western Corridor
The herds are in the Western Corridor - Image by Ranger Safaris
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Images of the migration close to Sala’s Camp

10 Jun 2016 from The Safari Collection

Sala's Camp says thousands of wildebeest and zebras have arrived in front of camp over the past few days. Here are some of the images. 

The migration close to Sala's Camp - Image by Lulu Clark / Sala’s Camp / The Safari Collection
The migration close to Sala's Camp
The migration close to Sala's Camp - Image by
The migration close to Sala's Camp
The migration close to Sala's Camp - Image by Lulu Clark / Sala’s Camp / The Safari Collection
The migration close to Sala's Camp
The migration close to Sala's Camp - Image by Lulu Clark / Sala’s Camp / The Safari Collection
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The herds are heading towards the Western Corridor

08 Jun 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

We received an update from Ranger Safaris guide Firoz:

"We saw wildebeest herd near Nyaruboro hills heading towards the Western Corridor. Other herds are already scattered around Musabi Plains on the way to Nyasirori Plains."

Regards,
Ali Moledina

The herds are heading towards the Western Corridor
The herds are heading towards the Western Corridor - Image by
Other herds are already scattered around Musabi Plains
Other herds are already scattered around Musabi Plains - Image by Firoz
The migration heading towards the Nyasirori Plains
The migration heading towards the Nyasirori Plains - Image by

The first herds have arrived at the Sand River border

06 Jun 2016

The first herds have arrived at the Sand River border last night. A herd of about 300 wildebeest could be seen at the adjacent hill to Sand River Mara Camp.

The first herds have arrived at the Sand River border
The first herds have arrived at the Sand River border - Image by Kaelo Jonathan
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Large herds heading towards Grumeti

06 Jun 2016 from Regional Air Tanzania

Good morning HerdTracker 

There are large herds heading towards Grumeti at the moment and are spreading out along the plains in the Western Serengeti.

Thanks,
Jarrod
 

Large herds heading towards Grumeti
Large herds heading towards Grumeti - Image by Jarrod Von Kloeg
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Migration spotted around Mbalageti Junction

05 Jun 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker

A few minutes ago, we received word from guests at our lodge that they spotted a herd of migration around Mbalageti Junction. 

I will keep you posted , as and when received more details / pictures 

Best Regards

Shamez R

The migration close to Mbalageti Junction
The migration close to Mbalageti Junction - Image by Mbalageti
The migration close to Mbalageti Junction
The migration close to Mbalageti Junction - Image by Mbalageti
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200,000 wildebeest on the Nyati Plains in the Grumeti Game Reserve

01 Jun 2016 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi HerdTracker,

For the last few days the Nyati Plains in the Grumeti Game Reserve have been covered with around 200,000 wildebeest. And they keep on coming.

Thanks,
Ryan.

Wildebeest on the Nyati Plains
Wildebeest on the Nyati Plains - Image by Ryan Schmitt
Wildebeest on the Nyati Plains
Wildebeest on the Nyati Plains - Image by Ryan Schmitt
Wildebeest on the Nyati Plains
Wildebeest on the Nyati Plains - Image by Ryan Schmitt
Wildebeest on the Nyati Plains
Wildebeest on the Nyati Plains - Image by Ryan Schmitt

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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

7 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. 

Masai Mara Scenery in Kenya

8 km

from herd

Serian Nkorombo

$ 715

per person per night

The old adage “Location, Location, Location” surpasses all – Nkorombo has it in spades! The Masai Mara made famous by the BBC’s “Big Cat Diaries” and more recently Disney’s “African Cats” is the predators prime real estate. Secreted away amongst a stand of wild olive and orange croton Alex Walker’s Nkorombo camp flanks a lively salt lick. A refuge for Black Rhino, Lion and Leopard cast about stalking a lavish overabundance of plucky prey.

This snug little bush camp is chock-full of singular character. Five tents command a view over the rushing Mara River, at once bursting with laughing hippo and languorous crocodile. True to it’s unpretentious origins, camp life is low-key and tranquil.

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10 km

from herd

Little Governors' Camp

$ 305

per person per night

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of Little Governors' Camp. As one of the first camps to be located in the Masai Mara, Boasting only 17 luxury tents, the camp can only be reached by a scenic boat ride across the Mara River and finally, a walk through the stunning riverene landscape. Quiet and undisturbed, the camp welcomes resident elephants who visit during lunch time, as well as wildlife at the natural waterhole in front of the camp. Although one doesn't need to go far to enjoy the unfenced, wildlife-rich surrounds, the Masai Mara itself is one of the best places on the planet to see Africa's Big Five, plains game and of course, offers front row seats to the Wildebeest Migration*

In addition, Little Governors' Camp has been awarded a Gold Rating from the Eco-Tourism Kenya. This is luxury with heart at its best...

* Follow our Herdtracker app for a migration map that plots the Great Migration in real time. 

 

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10 km

from herd

Governors' Il Moran

$ 390

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.

Newly refurbished in 2018, Il Moran Camp is hidden in the cool shade of the riverine forest that follows the bends of the Mara River. Each tent enjoys a private location from which to enjoy the beautiful and serene setting. Hippos wallow in the river waters below, elephants wander through camp, and the night time is punctuated by hyena whoops and lion calls.

Each canvassed room is expansive and newly furnished to a superior standard. Beautiful old wood furniture and muted natural tones are a natural extension of the environment around. Each stylish bathroom boasts a Victorian style bath and his & her vanities. A large verandah is designed for relaxing in comfort in the peaceful surroundings.

Small and supremely personal in nature, Il Moran is a chic and intimate retreat in the best wildlife location in Kenya and arguably Africa. A brand new dining and lounge area set along the riverfront is beautifully furnished and our superior team of chefs create dishes that tantalize the eyes and taste buds.