November 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Big herds in Seronera

25 Nov 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker,

The past few weeks have had the herds spread far and wide across the Serengeti. Right now, there are sizeable herds regrouping in the Seronera area from scattered locations west and north, with very small teams going as far as near the Grumeti to the West and Kogatende in the North.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
 

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Look Out Hill filled with wildebeest

21 Nov 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

We confirmed that wildebeest cant read! South of Look Out Hill filled with big herds.

Regards,
Onesmus

Look Out Hill filled with wildebeest
Look Out Hill filled with wildebeest - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Look Out Hill filled with wildebeest
Look Out Hill filled with wildebeest - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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River crossings at Lookout Hill

18 Nov 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Just when we thought the river crossing season has finished, I witnessed this crossing at Lookout Hill earlier this week. Looks like the rain in the Mara has confused the herds!

Thanks,
Mohammed Billow

Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River at Lookout Hill - Image by Mohammed Billow
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Rain in the Masai Mara slowing down movement back to the Serengeti

14 Nov 2016 from The Safari Collection

Hi HerdTracker

There are still a lot of zebra and wildebeest around our camp. I think they are confused as we have had rain in the Maasai Mara and so many are taking their time getting back in to the Serengetti.  They do seem to be heading in that direction ultimately.

Regards,
Lulu

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Views of the migration from Mbalageti’s deck

04 Nov 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker

We're able to see the migration from our deck here at the Mbalageti Lodge. Truly spectacular!

Regards,

Shamez

Migration close to Mbalageti
Migration close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez
Migration close to Mbalageti
Migration close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez
Migration close to Mbalageti
Migration close to Mbalageti - Image by Shamez
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30,000 wildebeest cross the Mara River - Part 2

04 Nov 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Here's another view of the massive 30,000 wildebeest crossing at the Mara River's crossing point #4 yesterday.

This video was captured by Lynn Newby-Fraser of Southern Hemisphere Safaris while staying on safari at Lemala Kuria Hills. 

Kind Regards,

Veronica

- Video by Lynn Newby-Fraser - Southern Hemisphere Safaris
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30,000 wildebeest cross the Mara River - Part 1

04 Nov 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

30,000 wildebeest crossed the Mara River at crossing point four from the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania​ back towards the Kenyan side on 3 November 2016.

The video by Kim Evans of Timeless Africa Safaris while on safari at Lemala Kuria Hills.

Kind Regards,

Veronica

- Video by Kim Evans - Timeless Africa Safaris
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Scattered herds seen in the north near Kogatende and Lamai

04 Nov 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker

They are all over the place these days. Scattered herds are seen in the North near Kogatende and Lamai and some herds as far south as Seronera and west as the Grumeti.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
 

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Herds spotted 16km away from Mbalageti

01 Nov 2016 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Hi HerdTracker

We spotted the migration, approximately 16 kilometres away from Mbalageti.

Kind Regards,

Shamez

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Big herds of wildebeest across the Lookout Hill plains

01 Nov 2016 from Timothy Leperes Laur

Hi HerdTracker,

Big herds of wildebeest across the Lookout Hill plains today. very big crossing at lookout also heading to the Mara triangle. I happened to have missed out the crossing though.

Regards
Tim

Big herds on the Lookout Hill plains - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur

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Woodlands Camp

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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.