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

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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

from herd

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.