March 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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The wildebeest migration is in Seronera

31 Mar 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

The wildebeest migration is in Seronera now, hopefully they'll be here for a few more weeks since it's very dry in other parts of the Serengeti.
 
We had a great view of the wildebeest and zebra moving around- see pictures below.

Kind Regards,
Jabir
Ranger Safaris Driver Guide


 

The wildebeest migration is in Seronera
The wildebeest migration is in Seronera - Image by Jabir - Ranger Safaris
Wildebeest and zebra in Seronera
Wildebeest and zebra in Seronera - Image by Jabir - Ranger Safaris
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Mixed herds of wildebeest, zebra and eland south of Ndutu

29 Mar 2016 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi HerdTracker,

Mixed herds of wildebeest, zebra and eland are spread across the plains south of Ndutu, with sporadic storms and showers greening up the grass and keeping the pans filled with water.

It's hot and you can feel the rains wanting to kick on or sweep away. perhaps with the new moon.

Regards,

Alex
 

Wildebeest on the plains south of Ndutu
Wildebeest on the plains south of Ndutu - Image by Alex Walker
The wildebeest migration close to Ndutu
The wildebeest migration close to Ndutu - Image by Alex Walker
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Loita herds are crossing the Olare Orok River

24 Mar 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

The residents zebra and wildebeest are crossing the Olare Orok River into the Mara Reserve, Thomsons gazelle were not left out in enjoying the splash.

Seems like the rainy seasons is back in the savannah, last evening and this evening was a good indicator that long rains are here with us.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus
 

Thomson's gazelle crossing the Olare Orok River
Thomson's gazelle crossing the Olare Orok River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Loita zebra crossing the Olare Orok River
Loita zebra crossing the Olare Orok River - Image by
The resident herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy
The resident herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Massive herds at the Naabi Gate

24 Mar 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker,

Yesterday, we spotted over 20,000 migratory wildlife at the Naabi Gate. See the video below.

Kind Regards,
Lemala Camps

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Long lines of wildebeest and zebra on the plains south of Seronera

22 Mar 2016 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker,

After flying into and driving through Seronera yesterday, we saw long lines and big mixed herds of wildebeest and zebra on the plains south of Seronera and drinking along the Seronera River.

Cheers,
Oli 

Wildebeest and zebra on the plains south of Seronera
Wildebeest and zebra on the plains south of Seronera - Image by Oliver Dreike
Long lines of wildebeest and zebra in Seronera
Long lines of wildebeest and zebra in Seronera - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Early arrival in the Seronera Valley

22 Mar 2016 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Hi Herdtracker,

Yesterday morning, we had an amazing balloon safari in Central Serengeti. We floated over vast herds of migrating wildebeest for just over an hour in the Seronera Valley. They are early this year!

Kind Regards,
Tony

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The wildebeest migration is close to Lemala Ewanjan

22 Mar 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Lemala Guide Adam Mtinga took this video footage of the wildebeest migration close to Lemala Ewanjan Camp.

Regards,
Veronica

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Loita herds are slowly drifting towards the Olare Orok Conservancy

20 Mar 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

After the showers last night, we spotted the Loita / resident zebra slowly drifting back east towards the Olare Orok Conservancy.

They are hanging between Olare Orok and the Ntiaktiak Rivers, however, still a good number of them are still feeding at Topi Plains.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus
 

Loita / resident zebra
Loita / resident zebra - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Loita herds are drifting towards Olare Orok
Loita herds are drifting towards Olare Orok - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Thousands of wildebeest on the main road south of Seronera

Hi HerdTracker,

The herds are passing Pioneer Camp and can be seen in the thousands on the main road south of Seronera to the junction of Sopa / Lake Magadi.

Yesterday afternoon and evening, we recorded 30mm rain. Today, we had another heavy storm. 

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

The herds are passing Serengeti Pioneer Camp
The herds are passing Serengeti Pioneer Camp - Image by Alison Mees
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The herds are on the move towards central Serengeti

15 Mar 2016 from Intimate Places Tanzania

Hi HerdTracker,

The herds are on the move towards central Serengeti at the moment (a few weeks early).

Here's a picture I took of the migration on the Makao plains near Camp Zebra in Ndutu on Monday last week.

Kind Regards,
Nicholas 

The wildebeest migration on the Makao plains
The wildebeest migration on the Makao plains - Image by Nicholas Lawson
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Thousands of Loita zebras have arrived in the Mara Reserve

13 Mar 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

They are finally here! Hundreds and thousands of residents / Loita zebras have arrived in the Mara Reserve, since last year October. 

They were residing in Mara North, Olare Orok, Naboisho, Lemek and Olkinyei Conservancy. There is plenty of grass in Mara so they are having a big party.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Thousands of Loita zebras have arrived in the Mara Reserve
Thousands of Loita zebras have arrived in the Mara Reserve - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest in the Mara Reserve
Wildebeest in the Mara Reserve - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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The herds are moving along the Moru Kopjes to Lake Magadi

Hi HerdTracker,

The herds are moving along the Moru Kopjes, to Lake Magadi and then towards Mawe Simba at the moment..... large herds.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Thousands of wildebeest moving towards the Marsh woodlands

11 Mar 2016 from Nomad Tanzania

Hi HerdTracker, 

We had a quiet morning drive towards Big Marsh, but suddenly I heard the stampede and I thought it was wind.  From Miti Mitatu, when I looked through my binoculars, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes - a large herd of wildebeest and zebras coming from the direction of Olbaye toward the open woodland that goes to the Marsh.  

We spent the whole morning with them. They are moving to the marsh woodland very fast in their hundreds of thousands. This follows the heavy rain from yesterday arround Ndutu especially the area surrounding the lakes.

Nathan Losaru,
Nomad Guide
 

Wildebeest moving towards the Marsh woodlands
Wildebeest moving towards the Marsh woodlands - Image by Nomad Tanzania
Wildebeest on the marsh woodland
Wildebeest on the marsh woodland - Image by Nomad Tanzania
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Large rainstorm kickstarts a move to Kusini

11 Mar 2016 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi HerdTracker, 

A large rainstorm through the centre has seen a lot of the herds head for the Kusini area. We still have significant numbers down as we do all season here in Kakessio.

The Osinoni pack of wild dog being especially active, hunting the calves, often taking up to three in a go, both morning and evening.

Kind Regards,
Alex Walker
 

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The wildebeest are arriving back on the Ndutu plains from Kusini and Moru

10 Mar 2016 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

It's raining again at Ndutu. Having just got themselves to Kusini and Moru, the wildebeest have turned around and are arriving back on the Ndutu plains. Such are the endless miles of a migratory animal.

The wildebeest are arriving back on the Ndutu plains
The wildebeest are arriving back on the Ndutu plains - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Lots of wildebeest on the plains between Ubuntu and Ndutu

10 Mar 2016 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi HerdTracker,

There are lots of wildebeest on the plains between Ubuntu and Ndutu and more now around Kusini and towards Moru Kopjes.

Kind Regards,
Belinda

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A few herds dispersed in the Makao Plains near Camp Zebra

10 Mar 2016 from Intimate Places Tanzania

Hi HerdTracker,

I just returned from a four day safari in Ndutu. There are a few herds dispersed in the Makao Plains near Camp Zebra.

I'm planning to sort out my pictures as soon as I have caught up with my emails. I expect to have a picture ready for you by tomorrow to post on HerdTracker.

Best regards,
Nicholas 
 

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Wildebeest and zebra around Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Hi HerdTracker, 

We had 25mm rain last night. There are wildebeest and zebra around the camp, with trails of zebra walking from Moru Kopjes, past Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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The migration is close to the Moru Kopjes

Hi HerdTracker, 

The migration for the last couple of days has been close to Moru Kopjes, around 30,000 plus wildebeest with babies and zebra.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

The migration is close to the Moru Kopjes
The migration is close to the Moru Kopjes - Image by Alison Mees
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Calves are being born daily in Naboisho

03 Mar 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

We have been experiencing a mini calving season at Naboisho Conservancy, Calves are being dropped at least daily and hence party time to the predators.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Newborn calf in Naboisho
Newborn calf in Naboisho - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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The herds have moved into Maswa

03 Mar 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker

They were around the Kusini area about a week ago but have moved further south into the Maswa concession it seems.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
 

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Wildebeest are fairly scattered between Ndutu, Secret Valley and Moru Kopjes

01 Mar 2016 from Alex Walker's Serian

Hi HerdTracker,

The wildebeest seem to be fairly scattered all over the place at the moment, on the plains north of here to Ndutu, Secret Valley and towards Moru Kopjes.

Thanks,
Belinda

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

3 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.

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3 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.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.