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

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 km

from herd

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

The location of the Serengeti North Wilderness Camp has been carefully selected in the Lamai Wedge, the northern-most corner of the Serengeti National Park.

This relatively isolated spot overlooks the Mara River and is just a few kilometres from one of the recognised ‘crossing points’ for the wildebeest migration. The great thing about Northern Serengeti is that it is nowhere near as densely populated as the Maasai Mara.

 

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.

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5 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.

Singita Mara Guests on a Game Drive

6 km

from herd

Singita Mara

$ 1515

per person per night

Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this philosophy, the camp operates “off-the-grid” and relies entirely on a custom-designed solar system for its power and the use of recycled and natural materials wherever possible. Inside the camp, bohemian chic sets the tone for cool relaxation, where spun natural fabrics, canvas, stone and raw leather blend with Maasai primary colours and elegant art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen. The functional East African design encourages guests to embrace the outdoors and connect with nature.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

7 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.