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

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

3 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.

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3 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.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.