May 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra around Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

For the past couple of days, we've had huge herds of wildebeest and zebra around Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Wildebeest migration passes Kananga Special Tented Camp

26 May 2016 from Kananga Special Tented Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

The camp manager of our Kananga Special Tented Camp, located at Banagi, Seronera, has sent us these pictures of The Great Migration!

The wildebeest were passing really close by the camp this Monday 23th May.

Great views from Kananga Special Tented Camp!

Best regards,
Laura Crespí

Wildebeest migration passes Kananga Special Tented Camp
Wildebeest migration passes Kananga Special Tented Camp - Image by
Great views from Kananga Special Tented Camp
Great views from Kananga Special Tented Camp - Image by Kananga Special Tented Camp
Wildebeest migration passes Kananga Special Tented Camp
Wildebeest migration passes Kananga Special Tented Camp - Image by
The herds pass Kananga Special Tented Camp
The herds pass Kananga Special Tented Camp - Image by Kananga Special Tented Camp
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Wildebeest migration cross the Orangi River

26 May 2016 from Serengeti Explorer Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

It looks like the wildebeest haven't decided to check in early at Hembe Camp! Awaiting for first client arrival tomorrow!

Right in front of camp this morning Hembe, we witnessed the herds crossing the Orangi River.

Regards,
Ali

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100,000 wildebeest colonising the southern Ikorongo

21 May 2016 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi HerdTracker,

Attached are some photos from Ikorongo taken this morning by one of our guides Alfred Korir. By his estimation there are in the vicinity of 100,000 wildebeest colonising the southern Ikorongo. They are moving in a westerly direction.

Regards,
Ryan,
Singita Grumeti

100,000 wildebeest colonising the southern Ikorongo
100,000 wildebeest colonising the southern Ikorongo - Image by Alfred Korir
Photos from Ikorongo taken this morning
Photos from Ikorongo taken this morning - Image by Alfred Korir
The herds are moving in a westerly direction
The herds are moving in a westerly direction - Image by Alfred Korir
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VIDEO: The herds on the Togoro Plains just east of Fort Ikoma and Hembe

21 May 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Ranger Safaris sent us this footage of the wildebeest migration on the Togoro Plains just east of Fort Ikoma and Hembe.

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Great migration sightings near Hembe

21 May 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

Our staff at Serengeti Explorer Camp are reporting great sightings near Hembe.

More herds arriving on Togoro Plains just north of the Orangi River heading west where are joining the hundreds of thousand that crossed the plain into the woodland east of Hembe. They are moving between the Kemarishe hills and the Orangi River heading west to Sabora and Sasakwa. They are still south of the Grumeti River.

Kind regards,
Ali

Great migration sightings near Hembe
Great migration sightings near Hembe - Image by Ali Moledina
Herds arriving on Togoro Plains
Herds arriving on Togoro Plains - Image by Ali Moledina
The herds are heading west to Sabora and Sasakwa
The herds are heading west to Sabora and Sasakwa - Image by Ali Moledina
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A large herd of wildebeest has entered the Ikorongo Game Reserve

20 May 2016 from Singita - Grumeti

Hi HerdTracker,

We got a report from our anti-poaching scouts this morning of a large herd of wildebeest entering into the Ikorongo Game Reserve on the south eastern boundary with the SNP. We have guys heading out that way to follow up and get some more information.

Will update you accordingly.

Thank you,
Ryan

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The herds are heading to the western corridor

19 May 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

Just east of Hembe, the herds are heading to the western corridor and they are still south of the Grumeti River.

Our camp crew is in the Serengeti, setting things up for the upcoming season at Serengeti Explorer Camp!

Kind regards,
Ali

The herds are heading to the western corridor
The herds are heading to the western corridor - Image by Ranger Safaris
The herds are still south of the Grumeti River
The herds are still south of the Grumeti River - Image by Ranger Safaris
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The Hidden Valley is filled up with thousands of zebra and a few wildebeest

18 May 2016 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker,

It is not over yet at Ndutu!

Not far from Ndutu are the lakes of Hidden Valley. In the middle of every day, the valleys fill up with thousands of zebra, and a few wildebeest too, as they come down to drink.

It's really worth getting there about 10am and aim on spending a few hours just sitting and watching...there is constant movement as the animals come and go from the water.

All the best,
Ainslie

The herds in the Hidden Valley
The herds in the Hidden Valley - Image by Ainslie Wilson
Zebra have a drink in a lake close to the Hidden Valley
Zebra have a drink in a lake close to the Hidden Valley - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Huge herds have arrived at Four Seasons

16 May 2016 from Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker

We have large numbers of wildebeest and zebra all round the lodge, spreading all the way through the woodland to where our shortcut road meets the Lobo road. From there, there are also huge numbers scattered all the way to Togoro Plains. 

Cheers 
Oli

Huge herds have arrived at Four Seasons
Huge herds have arrived at Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
Large numbers of wildebeest and zebra all round the lodge
Large numbers of wildebeest and zebra all round the lodge - Image by
The wildebeest migration at the Four Seasons Serengeti
The wildebeest migration at the Four Seasons Serengeti - Image by Oliver Dreike
There are also huge numbers scattered all the way to Togoro Plains
There are also huge numbers scattered all the way to Togoro Plains - Image by Oliver Dreike
Wildebeest and zebra close to Four Seasons
Wildebeest and zebra close to Four Seasons - Image by Oliver Dreike
The herds around the Four Seasons Serengeti
The herds around the Four Seasons Serengeti - Image by Oliver Dreike
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Vast migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra are now in the Seronera Valley

15 May 2016 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Hi HerdTracker,

This morning our passengers were witness to this amazing spectacle while floating gently above the herds.  

This perspective gives one a true idea of the numbers of animals.  We also saw a large lion bring down a wildebeest just below the basket and a lioness join him for the feast. 

The Green Season in Serengeti can be spectacular.

Best regards,
Tony

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Huge herds around Seronera

Hi HerdTracker,

We have just returned from leave. There are huge herds around the Seronera area, as well as big numbers around the Simba Kopjes.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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The herds are heading towards the Gol Kopjes

14 May 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker,

An update from Lemala Ewanjan:

The wildebeest migration is currently between the Naabi Gate and Southern Plains they are heading towards the Gol Kopjes. Hoping for pics later.

Regards,
Ebenezer
 

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Most of the herds are in Seronera

11 May 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker,

Mostof the herds are in the Seronera area with little to no movement to the north west.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation


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Big herds are heading to central Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker,

We have some hundreds of the herds around the camp area, and other big herds heading to central Serengeti.

Kind regards,
Anna

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Large pockets of wildebeest and zebra around Ndutu

09 May 2016 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker,

Even though it is May, we continue to get small amounts of rain, and there are still large pockets of wildebeest and zebra around Ndutu and south of Twin Hills towards Endulan. The largest concentrations seem to be out on the plains north of here, still in NCAA, on the triangle towards Naabi and up around Lemuta. These photos taken yesterday.

Long may the rain continue here.

Best wishes

Ainslie

The wildebeest migration in Ndutu
The wildebeest migration in Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson
Zebra in Ndutu
Zebra in Ndutu - Image by Ainslie Wilson
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The wildebeest migration is close to Namiri Plains Camp

05 May 2016 from Asilia Africa

Mark from Asilia's Namiri Plains Camp sent us these images of the wildebeest migration surrounding their tents.

The wildebeest migration close to Namiri Plains
The wildebeest migration close to Namiri Plains - Image by Mark - Asilia Africa
The migration surrounding the Namiri Plains Camp
The migration surrounding the Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Mark - Asilia Africa
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Thousands of wildebeest seen from Gol all the way to Naabi

04 May 2016 from Ranger Safaris

Hi HerdTracker

Ranger Safaris guide Saidi was in the Serengeti last week staying at Serengeti Pioneer Camp. This is what he reports:

"We saw many thousands of wildebeest, the herds could bee seen from Gol all the way to Naabi, all covered by gnus. Looks like the recent weather pattern has moved them off their regular path."

Kind Regards,
Ali 
 

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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Legendary Serengeti Camp

$ 665

per person per night

Explore a rich landscape of inky blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and the soft neutrals of the African savannah. Bordering the game rich Lamai Triangle, twelve mobile luxury tents are hidden under the deep shade of acacia canopies.  

This camp moves north, west and south throught the year offering guests a front row seat to the migration, the procession of more than two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle as they wander across the vast grass plains.

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Ndutu Safari Lodge

$ 256

per person per night

Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the south-eastern part of the Serengeti eco-system. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu.

The Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs which encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu offers peace and tranquillity far from the madding crowd. Spend some time with us and unwind. Relax to the rhythm of an African day as a myriad bird calls herald the rising sun. Stay close to the lodge and enjoy the resident wildlife or go for a drive and explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach. After sunset return to the homely warmth and hospitality of Ndutu Safari Lodge.

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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. 

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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.

Game Drive at Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park

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Lemala Ndutu

$ 556

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Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh, Lemala Ndutu is the ultimate amphitheater for the wildebeest migration between December and March.

9 suite tents of a very high specification are relocated from the Northern Serengeti to this stunning Ndutu site to capture the boundless drama that accompanies the migration. The migrating herds of over 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra begin to arrive in December and begin calving in February.

The camp is situated inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near the border of Southern Serengeti, in what is perhaps the finest location in the whole of Ndutu because of its shady umbrella acacia trees and grass cover which reduces dust considerably and also attracts grazers. The camp offers fantastic views of the marsh whose permanent fresh waters attract an abundance of game including predators. The camp enjoys regular visits from resident wildlife ranging from lions, leopards,cheetahs and hyenas to elephant and giraffe. Lion hunts close to the camp are not uncommon.