September 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Big herd at Topi Plains

27 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Seems like the last batch of the big herd is gradually moving south/south west, few thousands also crossing Mara river everyday on their way back to Serengeti, rains pouring every evening hence influencing the movement of the beasts (big herd now at Topi Plains).

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Big herd at Topi Plains
Big herd at Topi Plains - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Big herd at Topi Plains
- Image by Onesmus Irungu
Big herd at Topi Plains
- Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Rain in the northern Serengeti could cause the herds to return

23 Sep 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker
 
We have had rain in Serengeti north yesterday. We expect alot of herds to turn around and come back to our area.
 
This update is from Claud, Manager at Serengeti North Wilderness Camp.
 
Regards
Rajon
 

Rain in the northern Serengeti
Rain in the northern Serengeti - Image by Wild Frontiers
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Herds in the northern Mara Triangle

22 Sep 2016 from WildEarth

Hi HerdTracker 

The herds have arrived in the northern Mara Triangle after coming north from the Serengeti.

Kind Regards,
Graham

Herds in the northern Mara Triangle
Herds in the northern Mara Triangle - Image by WildEarth
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Big herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy

22 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

The big herds are still stuck at the Olare Orok Conservancy, we have been experiencing a decent amount of rain every evening for the last three days, Not everyone makes it safely to the promised land, this time round, a topi was not lucky.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Big herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy
- Image by Onesmus Irungu
Big herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy
- Image by
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Mini crossing near the main crossing point

22 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

Here are some images of yesterday's mini crossing just near the main crossing point. The crocodiles had a feast, prompting the herds to be fewer in numbers.

Regards,
Tim
 

Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
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Big movement at crossing point two

20 Sep 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker

We have had a crossing today at crossing point number two. Close to 100,000 wildebeest crossed at around 09:15 this morning.

Update from Claud Manager at Serengeti North Wilderness Camp.
 
Regards
Rajon
 

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Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point

20 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker, 

Yesterday, a couple of thousand wildebeests crossed at Cul de sac crossing from the Reserve to the mara triangle on their way back to Serengeti.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Africa

Action in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Each evening the herds move away from the river lines and bush areas onto the tops of the open plains for safely in numbers. In the mornings they are elsewhere, having been chased through the night by the multiple groups of lions and hyenas leaving fresh carcasses in their wake.

It is easy to find the action at first light. One follows the vultures as they glide one after the other at low level across the plains.

The second photo below was taken after sunset on the plain between Porini Lion camp and Mara Plains camp.

The herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Sunset on the plains between Porini Lion camp and Mara Plains camp
Sunset on the plains between Porini Lion camp and Mara Plains camp - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
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Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point

19 Sep 2016 from Timothy Leperes Laur

Hi HerdTracker

I took these images at the Rocky crossing near the main crossing point. The wildebeest look indecisive about whether or not to traverse the water.

Kind Regards,
Timothy Leperes Laur
Masai Mara Safari Guide
 

Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
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Action at the Cul de Sac crossing point

13 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

The herds are crossing over to Mara Triangle at the Cul de Sac crossing point.

Thanks,
Onesmus 

Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point
Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point
Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Mega crossings at the Mara River

09 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Indeed it was one of the MEGA crossings for the better part of today!

Even more fascinating is that they were crossing from the Mara Triangle (South west) into the reserve heading towards Mara North, Olare Orok and Naboisho Conservancies! This just means we still have a chance to enjoy the migration for few coming weeks.

Regards,
Onesmus

Mega crossings at the Mara River
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Mega crossings at the Mara River
Mega crossings at the Mara River - Image by
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Rain triggers Mara River crossings

08 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Mara river crossings still happening. Some crossing over to Mara Triangle en-route to Serengeti, interestingly some are doing opposite by crossing from Mara Triangle to the Reserve. This has been triggered by the rains we have been experiencing for the last two days.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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The herds are gathering at crossing point number six

02 Sep 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker,

Most of the herds are around Wogakuria area. Yesterday, we witnessed a big crossing of around 40 minutes.

Today, some of the herds have gathered at crossing number six.

Regards

Rajon,
Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

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Mara River crossings still happening at Cul de Sac crossing point

01 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

The Mara River crossings still happening at Cul de Sac crossing point. The herds are still moving from the Reserve to the Mara Triangle Conservancy, meanwhile hundred of thousands of the migrating herd are still stuck at Mara Triangle enjoying the short grass plains, rain clouds starting to form.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus
 

Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest in the Mara Triangle
Wildebeest in the Mara Triangle - Image by Onesmus Irungu

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

10 km

from herd

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

$ 800

per person per night

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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10 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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

11 km

from herd

Governors' Camp

280

per person per night

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

11 km

from herd

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.