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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Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Wayo Green Camp

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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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Four Seasons Safari Lodge

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The world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park measures close to 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles). And Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of it all.

In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. Our Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation

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Kimondo Camp

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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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

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Governors' Camp

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Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp. 

Serengeti Wilderness Camp Tent Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Serengeti Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to a new location. We work under Park’s guidelines and the camp is truly eco-friendly.

Comprising just ten spacious tents, we provide comfortable beds and quality linen, with en suite eco-friendly toilet and bush-shower off an intimate dressing room area. Lighting is by 12-volt (solar powered) with bedside lamps provided. The tents each have a shady verandah, where guests may relax and read quietly or perhaps watch birds and animals.