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.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

10 km

from herd

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

from herd

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.