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

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.

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.

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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.

Entim Camp Bedroom in Masai Mara, Kenya

12 km

from herd

Entim Camp

$ 568

per person per night

Situated in the heart of Kenya’s legendary Maasai Mara Game Reserve, near the Mara River, Entim camp is right in the middle of the very best game-viewing areas.

While many other visitors to the Mara will be staying in camps in the surrounding areas and conservancies, at Entim you don't have to drive for hours to get to the wildlife action because you are right there in the middle of it. Nor do you have to be hurried out of the Reserve before gates close at 6.30 pm: at Entim you can continue to witness the wild's most important and dramatic events, which often take place at dusk and dawn. There’s actually no obligation to go out on game drives because you can sit in camp and watch the animals passing by right in front of you.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

12 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.