October 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Mini crossing at Look-out Hill

28 Oct 2016 from Timothy Leperes Laur

Hi HerdTracker

Earlier this week, I spotted a mini crossing at Lookout Hill. The herds are continuing to make their way south, as the head back towards the Serengeti National Park.

Kind Regards,
Jarred

The migration is heading south
The migration is heading south - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
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Few thousand wildebeest and zebras fill the Rongai short grass plains

28 Oct 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

Here's an image of the stragglers, the last tail of the migration. There are a few thousand wildebeests and zebras filled the Rongai short grass plains. Its a lovely stop-over since the area was burned few months ago, hence the area is full of new delicious shoots.

Regards,
Onesmus

the last tail of the migration
The last tail of the migration - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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The migration is heading south

25 Oct 2016 from The Safari Collection

Hi HerdTracker

There are some big herds of both zebra and wildebeest - came back up from Tanzania following the rain a couple of weeks ago; there are still some big groups around us near Sala’s – but they are definitely heading south now.

Kind Regards,
Lulu

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Big herd of zebra and wildebeest spread all over Rongai Plains

19 Oct 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

This morning at Rongai Plains, we spotted a big herd of zebra and wildebeest spread all over the short grass plains (the area which was burned). The area looks beautiful from both the wildlife and the new grass sprouting after last weeks rains.

Regards,
Onesmus

Zebra and wildebeest spread all over Rongai Plains
Zebra and wildebeest spread all over Rongai Plains - Image by Onesmus Irungu

River crossings close to the Mara Serena Hotel

11 Oct 2016

Hi HerdTracker

Here are some photos we took at about 13:00, when about a thousand wildebeest and three hundred zebra crossed at crossing point number one near the Mara Serena Hotel. 

Regards,
Siddharth Bhatnagar
 

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Siddharth Bhatnagar
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Siddharth Bhatnagar
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Siddharth Bhatnagar
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Big crossing at the Makutano crossing point

05 Oct 2016 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Lemala guide Davis took this video of the migratory herds crossing the Mara River at the Makutano crossing point.

Kind Regards,

Veronica

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Action at the Makutano crossing point

04 Oct 2016 from Serengeti Halisi Camp

Hi HerdTracker!

I just received this photo from the Mara River, taken by our guide Joseph. The herds crossed at the Makutano crossing point (number 8 ),

Kind Regards,

Francesca

The herds crossed at the Makutano crossing point
The herds crossed at the Makutano crossing point - Image by Joseph - Serengeti Halisi Camp

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Woodlands Camp

Price on Request

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.