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

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 km

from herd

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

The location of the Serengeti North Wilderness Camp has been carefully selected in the Lamai Wedge, the northern-most corner of the Serengeti National Park.

This relatively isolated spot overlooks the Mara River and is just a few kilometres from one of the recognised ‘crossing points’ for the wildebeest migration. The great thing about Northern Serengeti is that it is nowhere near as densely populated as the Maasai Mara.

 

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.

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5 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.

Singita Mara Guests on a Game Drive

6 km

from herd

Singita Mara

$ 1515

per person per night

Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this philosophy, the camp operates “off-the-grid” and relies entirely on a custom-designed solar system for its power and the use of recycled and natural materials wherever possible. Inside the camp, bohemian chic sets the tone for cool relaxation, where spun natural fabrics, canvas, stone and raw leather blend with Maasai primary colours and elegant art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen. The functional East African design encourages guests to embrace the outdoors and connect with nature.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

7 km

from herd

Sayari Camp

$ 753

per person per night

When Sayari Camp opened in 2005 it blazed a trail in Tanzania, allowing safari travellers to access one of the most dramatic and under-explored corners of the northern Serengeti. Today, this upmarket Serengeti lodge is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five countries on the continent.

The remote and starkly beautiful landscape forms the inspiration for Sayari, with the turret-shaped roofs on each of the 15 expansive tented suites mirroring the iconic Turner Hill to the north. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

En-suite bathrooms, with spacious showers and egg-shaped baths large enough for two, offer similarly impressive Serengeti views. Fine linens and safari-chic décor offset the wilderness that lies just beyond the canvas walls, with king-size beds and private verandas to complete the world-class experience.