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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* Follow our Herdtracker app for a migration map that plots the Great Migration in real time. 

 

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