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

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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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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

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Olakira Mobile Camp

$ 759

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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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Ndutu Wilderness Camp

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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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Camp Zebra

$ 495

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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.